Barbour's 'main thing'
February 12th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Barbour's 'main thing'

Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour may not be focused on running for president yet, but at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) he had the talking points of a GOP candidate down.

Barbour called for the reining in of "government gone wild" as the one of the most important goals of 2012. Comparing his conservative policies against those of liberals he said "You know in a liberal ideology every dollar earned belongs to the government."

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative-minded activists, which this year is extra-important because it's the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Barbour railed against "bigger government," and "failure to control spending," as he criticized President Obama's administration and it's policies toward employment, stating that it "paid lip service to job creation except this time they call it investments rather than stimulus."

"When America needed a growth in strategy...he gave us a 1 trillion dollar stimulus bill that only stimulated more government. Instead of focusing on jobs...he spent a year concocting a government-run health care system…that stifles job creation," Barbour continued.

He pledged that the GOP will "cut spending and take the first step towards restoring sanity towards the government" because "we want an important victory in November."

The rumored 2012 hopeful expressed his faith in the House Republicans and issued a call to stay focused. "Our new majority can stop the worst excesses, stop funding for bad policies," he said.

"Starting today for the next 21 months remember the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing is electing a Republican president next year. We want to get America on the right track," he said.

"Fellow conservatives 2012 will be a year of decision. In 2011 the American people didn't give us a referendum to govern. They gave us a chance. So let's make the most of it."

And Barbour addressed what may be seen as the elephant in the room: a growing rift among conservative activists as Tea Party-backed candidates challenge Republican incumbents in office, and win.

In a move that sought to unify his like-minded colleagues he rejected any claims of a rift, saying, "The left media says the Tea Party is dangerous to Republicans. This is a case of the left whistling past the graveyard."

Finding common ground with the Tea Party movement, Barbour affirmed that "Rather than divide us it unites us, unites us as conservatives, unites us as Republicans and unites us as Americans."

"Our agenda is Americans' agenda and with your help our team will be a winning team, American team, in 2012," he said.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    Barbour, how about having every conservative nut cracking up! The lies I hear and the garbage coming out of their mouths sickens me. FOX deserves credit for the brain washing jobs they have done on Americans. Some Americans who listen to the LOL "Fair and Balanced" FOX! HAHAHAHA! Then I have to listen to that horrible southern drawl. Shut up Barbour!!!

    February 12, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    While Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour probably already has a Chief of Staff, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is hiring a Chief of Stuff. After Republicans and Tea Baggers finish cutting up the Middle Class of American Citizens making everyone except the top 1% poorer, the next election will swing to Democrats by a 65% vs 35% vote for Republicans.

    February 12, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. B

    We are going backwards to the sixties with people like Barbour. When will we cast aside these racist megalomaniacs ?

    February 12, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. vic nashville tn

    I think Obama saying thanks to CPAC

    February 12, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. thomas

    Herman Cain, the first Republican to open a presidential exploratory committee, Cain said
    "Stupid people are ruining America", We have become teachers and educators of the stupid.

    He must have been referring to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour !

    February 12, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. whoa!

    No, Dixie Fascist... every dollar earned belongs to the corporations and wall street... you little nit......

    February 12, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Patricia

    Barbour need to leave his KKK mainded ideals right there in Mississippi where the people are not up today with the times!

    February 12, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Colorodan

    "On the right track"? The last time your part controlled things we went from budget surpluses to budget deficits where we have been ever since. By the time we got Bush/Cheney/Rove out of there we were losing jobs to the tune of 700,000 a month and we were in recession free falling toward depression. Now we have slow but consistent job growth, we are in economic expansion, the stock market is up almost 100% since a few weeks after Obama took office and you want to change things. Are you that out of touch? Oh and being for lower taxes and smaller government is about as politically risky is being pro-grandma. Start talking about what and how you want to cut and then we can take you seriously.

    February 12, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. therealmarie

    barbour's "main thing" is a case of beer and a bucket of chicken. Give the world a break, this man is filled with racism, ignorance and hate.

    February 12, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    These comments are coming from the Governor of one of the poorest, illerate, unhealthy states in the U. S. I guress you want everyone to live as the citizens of your state does. Don't waste your time running for President .

    February 12, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. gar

    Barbour is a liar and a fraud. He's one of the most blatant whores in American politics.

    February 12, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Julie

    I wonder if Barbour really wants less from the federal government since his state receives $1.85 from the federal government for every $1 in taxes it pays to the federal government and is the #1 state with the most residents that live below the poverty level. 8 of the top 10 states receiving federal money in excess of what they pay to the federal government are Republican/Red states and those same states have the highest levels of residents living below the poverty level. Are they really willing to give up that "big" government spending in their states? Living in a state that receives only $0.83 from the federal government for every $1 sent, I would like that money returned to my state.

    February 12, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Rick in AZ

    CPAC, GOP, TEA PARTY keep trotting out the old has-been losers or the nut jobs and you will fade into history.

    February 12, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Seth Hill

    Most people think that if they believe something, everybody also does. Conservatives believe the American people are conservatives, and we liberals believe Americans are liberal. I don't care what those polls prove; they're flawed anyway. The liberal-conservative argument is: how many services should the government provide? Libertarians believe: none. Extreme socialists believe: everything. But what do the majority of the American people want? Well, is that's what they want, what are they willing to pay for?

    February 12, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "Our agenda is Americans' agenda ..." What a load of BS! The Republicans' agenda is to eliminate social spending, have the rich pay zero in taxes and turn our country into a third-world nation ... kinda like what Mississippi is today ...

    February 12, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. No Partisans!

    It's all about messaging for the uneducated simpletons for the GOP. All they talk about are slogans and make everything about ideological culture wars between "liberal" and "conservative". What about centrists Barber? All you guys talk about are cookie cut soundbytes with no substance.

    February 12, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Indy

    "government gone wild" he is obviously talking about the Bush/Cheney years of unfunded wars. The main thing Haley should do is lay off the food intake.I'll take Obamas heathcare spending anyday over the Republicans wars that could bankrupt the country all while killing thousands of Americans, quite a difference between good and evil and health care is for the people not against the people

    February 12, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Pete

    The "main thing" for Barbour seems to be that he never lets facts or mere reality knock him off his talking points.

    February 12, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. smc

    As a sign of "Republicanism gone wild" Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour – the state that ranks dead last in every category from education, to average income, litter, obesity, etc. (and where it isn't 50th, it's usually 49th or 48th) – has his name mentioned in the same sentence as "presidential candidate".

    February 12, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Jack

    Barbour, Trump, Gingrich et al. Don't these guys know they are so not now. They're back in the 90s. The Boomer's days are over. Time for the next generation to take over. It's kind of sad. It's like watching a bunch of "faded swingers" in a night club, trying to "be happening."

    February 12, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Darth Cheney

    I guess he can't read a pie chart or he would know the "every dollar" claim was scurrilous. A more correct criticism would be Laffer's unintentionally revealing quote on supply side economics, "If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows." Sounds exactly like what Reaganomics did, and continues to do, to this country.

    February 12, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. JDinTexas

    Governor Haley Barbour wants all of America to look like Mississippi. I have been to Mississippi. No thanks.

    February 12, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. CHW

    I listened to Gov Barbour and his flat tone of R/t talking points. No presidential vote for him. Miss is one of the poorest states in the union and all they can talk about cut help for the poor. Shame on you Govrnor because your speech is disengenious.

    February 12, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. peace

    I live in miss. but I work in Memphis because miss. has the lowest paying job in the usa. This fat hog is dumb and stupid. miss is like Egypt when Mubarak was in power. They need to put a freeze on his bank account in Swissland.

    February 12, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. A keen observer

    Well where were you Barbour when the Bush administration was borrowing billions from China to spend giving tax cuts to the rich and increasing corporate welfare. If memory serves me correctly, you were cheering them on. You are nothing but a southern, religious, racist bigot!

    February 12, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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