Barbour defends lobbying past
February 13th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Barbour defends lobbying past

Washington (CNN) - Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said his lobbying background would be an asset for the president of the United States.

"I'm a lobbyist and had a career lobbying. The guy who gets elected or the lady who gets elected president of the United States will immediately be lobbying," Barbour on "Fox News Sunday." "That's what presidents do for a living."

The former lobbyist for the Washington-based BGR Group, said the winner of the 2012 election will have to influence Congress, allies and adversaries of the United States, the business community and labor unions.

"Ronald Reagan was the – he was the ultimate lobbyist, the great communicator," Barbour said, who served as a political aide in the former president's administration.

And to those that might be critical of his history he said, "I'm willing to have my record in front of everybody."

"Let me just make this very plain. I'm a lobbyist, a politician, and a lawyer. You know, the trifecta," Barbour said.

The former chairman of the Republican National Committee defended his 15th place finish in Saturday's Conservative Political Action Committee straw poll, saying the poll was taken before he spoke at the annual meeting of conservatives. He noted he was in the same position as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also fared poorly. Texas Rep. Ron Paul won the survey with 30 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

Although he said some of the other 2012 candidates - including Palin, Huckabee, Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - are "good people and all good friends of mine," he is the one with a proven history. He pointed to cuts in the Mississippi budget enacted during his tenure as well as cuts to entitlement programs.

"I have a record as governor," Barbour said. "I have a record of cutting spending."


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    The trifecta? Your state ranks at the bottom of everything. Quit suppressing your people -

    February 13, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. addon

    Yes...that's what we need ; A voice for all the redneck corporate lobbyists, who, to this point have had no voice in the US. Heck, I would have thought that being the governor of the state that ranks lowest in education, more people at or below the poverty line; those people would have been the main point of discussion.

    Instead let's lobby for corporate welfare? Who woulda thunk it.? Go Ignorant Power!

    February 13, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. carrotroot

    Barbour has got to be the laziest potential candidate since Fred Thompson.

    February 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Rev Mike

    Does this mean he knows how get the most money in his pockets?

    February 13, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Indy

    Who did he lobby for ? Dunkin Donuts ? The more these Repulicans that come out and think they can run for the highest office in the land the more people gravitate towards Obama. The onslaught of reality TV stars,writers,self promoters and downright unqualified Republicans just proves they have no respect for the electorate. Republicans never take anything serious and hope we are all stupid enough to buy their bullcrap, they do not care about anyone but hemselves and have no right to bew in an elected office and paid by the people

    February 13, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Bloodyscot

    The lobbyists are one of the main problems in DC, why vote for one for President.
    The only Republican candidate so far that I can see voting for is Ron Paul, he maybe very conservative but he has his own views, which I agree with about 60% of and not in the pockets of the lobbyists.

    February 13, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. mabel floyd

    in this country the lobbyists have too much power and have bought and paid for too many of our elected people in power. this is why we are loosing everything we have to the upper l %. the lobbyist own everything-now one of the blotted big mouthed lobbyists have the nerve to run for office using his lobbyist back round as a positive-has he no shame? NO he does not.

    February 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Boss Hogg for President. OMG!

    February 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. What a record!

    Governor Barbour certainly does have a record. Mississippi continues to lag the nation in education, per capita income, health issues and economic development, but, hey, he made a lot of cuts, so that makes it okay. I'm sure the wealthy few in Mississippi have fared very well under Governor Barbour. Too bad none of their good fortune seems to have trickled down.

    February 13, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. PalmReader

    "I have a record as governor," Barbour said. "I have a record of cutting spending."

    While Mississippians might enjoy living at the bottom of the barrel . . . God knows they keep voting for him . . . I doubt the rest of America will be as willing.

    February 13, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet that that 1% that voted for Haley at CPAC (crack pots acting crazy) would like to have their vote back.

    February 13, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Charlie

    Haley has nothing to worry about defending.
    Listen, no one is going to vote this southern Bubba into the Presidency!

    February 13, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. fayse

    Gov Barbour has too much baggage, he needs to save his time and money instead of wasting them. He certainly is not qualified to dust our Presidents chair.

    February 13, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. vic nashville tn

    Why Americans don’t like their politician even after they elected them reason lobbying

    So I think Haley Barbour get this

    February 13, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    You better look in you rearview mirror Mississippi cause if our new Governor in Maine has his way we will beat you to the bottom. We are sinkin faster than a lobster trap tied to a cinder block. You better sink faster Mississippi or we will catch you.

    February 13, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. He already defends...!

    Porkey is as porkey does..............................................!!!!!!!!....!!!!!

    February 13, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Clwyd

    Barbour won't be able to get most people to understand him without a southern drawl translator!

    February 13, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Lynne

    He can't win a National election. He just looks and sounds too much like Boss Hogg.

    February 13, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. W.G.

    Plain and simple , lobbying should be illeagle .

    February 13, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |