February 22nd, 2009
11:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama in perpetual campaign, Barbour says

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(CNN) - It's no coincidence President Obama has traveled to key swing states to push his massive stimulus measure, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's recent travel is an indication that the new president is already running for reelection.

"He's going to those places for a reason," Barbour said on CNN's State of the Union. "I mean David Axelrod, who's his campaign consultant/manager/guru really is one of the brightest, most capable people in American politics. And so this is what we've become accustomed to, the perpetual campaign."

In the last few weeks, the president has visited Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and Colorado - all states that voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election but flipped to the Democrat's side in 2008. Obama has also visited Arizona - the home state of his former rival, Sen. John McCain, and a state he'd like to turn blue in 2012.

The White House has said the president specifically visited those states because they are among the hardest hit by the nations sputtering economy and home foreclosure crisis.

soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. puzzled

    They do seem to be handeling him with kid gloves

    February 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Mike in FXBG

    Gosh, this is a shocker! All Obama has done for his entire "career" is run for the next office. What makes anyone think that Obama ever stopped campaigning? Next stop: Vatican City. Oh, wait, Her Highness Pelosi just left Rome, he might have competition.

    February 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Mark

    The enitre US is in perpetual campaign mode because of the system we are stuck with. What an idiot this guy is...send him back to the swamps.

    February 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. mr baby face


    February 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Republicans, your man W endagered national security in the pursuit of re-election so get off you high horses and let's get to work fixing the economy.

    February 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Is it 2013 yet?

    He needs to do this as a salesman in chief (and that is ALL that he is) he needs to again LIE like he did during the campaign and the sheep will all bleat how "great he spoke the teleprompted and written by someone else speech".

    Ya, I am way off base here, How many campaign promises have been broken already?

    Enjoy your 13 dollars a week people, worth a trillion bucks to you?

    February 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Despite the possibly overambitious substance of Obama's first month, what is most annoying about him and his troops is the emphasis on campaigning and public relations rather than governing. Enough of the rallies and photo ops, more press conferences with shorter answers.

    February 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Ray Fisher

    If the GOP would play well with others and help the President end the wars we could work together to balance the budget by 2013 and begin to prosper instead of simply recovering from years of neglect of our nation's interests and borrowing money like drunks on a holiday. If they don't want the stimulus then don't take it and shut up, no political oratory required!!!

    February 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Sanma

    You're kidding ! The GOP is now kicking this new guy around because he is staying in touch with the people he represents !! The GOP is so dead set on dividing this country, in order to advance their personal political interests, that they can even find something wrong with an elected official speaking directly to his constituents. Barbour ought to try it sometime - maybe he would find it interesting to hear how his unemployed constituents feel about him turning down extended beneftis for them.

    February 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Larry

    I don't think there is any way that he will be reelected now that the majority of people see what his agenda really is,that does not mean that people don't like him,but he's spending our money foolishly.

    February 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Georgia Gal

    And its a very smart move on Obama's part. It's going to keep him in touch with the people and what's going on in the world outside of the White House bubble, which let's face it, the person that was there for the last 8 years didn't do at all.

    February 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Rob

    I like when Obama flies around the country, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln and posing for photo ops with his wife....meanwhile, he let Nancy Pelosi write the stimulus bill. Why should Barry be bothered to stay in Washington, when he can hear the cheering crowds in Denver? That's what's important for his ego– the cheers!

    Now the Empty Suit says, without blushing, that after he just spent $800 billion in government pork, he's going to cut the deficit in half, and how? By cutting government spending! And those 4 million jobs he's prentended to create or save? Nonsense. A total fantasy. In a never-ending campaign, you can say anything to your supporters, no matter how crazy. They'll still love you.

    Not only is he completely full of himself, he's completely full of baloney. But his supporters love him for it? Is Barry a clueless egomaniac...well, sure, but that's BUSH's fault!

    February 22, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. JFK

    Good for him, he needs to regain the upper hand in the constant barrage of attacks from the GOP-Do-Nothings.

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. jwb

    Regardless of their party label, all of these financial terrorists should be under the microscope by the public. While we fit the bill their squandering has resulted in the downfall of not only our financial stability but stripped this country of any respect other nations once had for the U.S. We should stop repeating mistakes by allowing them to play the endless circle of blame game and create true accountability for the actions of those who represent us.

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Pat

    Obama isn"t campaigning because there wont be a need to. By 2012 he will have become King and will stay there until he dies. We will not see a free Presidential election ever again. Been in a bookstore lately? The stores are covered full with books and magazines with his picture on the covers. Soon there will be billboards everywhere with his picture. There will be comments on them reminding us all that he is "the One" and is going to "save" us all from ourselves. Duck and run people!! Remember! We are a Republic and as such he will make himself King. Pelosi and Reid will be his head henchmen!

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. obama surrounded by the same NEO-CONS

    who have been running the world economy into the ground

    while enriching themselves,

    400 families own most of the wealth of the country and the world now

    and they want to keep it that way.

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Joe Terrogano

    Unbelievable! Your comments aren't aimed at getting you national recognition, are they Gov. Barbour? Your "rejection of some of the stimulus funds has absolutely no political motivation, right? You are just a conservative guardian angel, with no personal agenda in any of this. How lucky can American's get, to have a saint like you in politics? Why they will probably be begging you to run for the Presidency in the future.

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. John

    I can't believe I'm agreeing with Haley Barbour, but this is just too much – it's time to get to the work of the people, not kick off a re-election bid. President Obama's focus on swing states is rather transparent. Were we naive to think the promise of change was earnest?

    February 22, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. cnnnewser

    Who cares what the republicans think?
    They wasted 8 years – they bankrupted our country – and started 2 wars.
    I do not care what their opinion of President Obama is.

    February 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Marge

    Slur slur slur slur is that all republicans can do...It is only hindering them, so let them go ahead. We want them cleared out so 2010 will be easy after all this.

    February 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Stay Active

    Dear Gov.,

    I was just watching Cspan with the Gov. meeting on education. You should have been there. Our country has some great gov. Love Tim Kaine. You should have been there. You could have learned something. Instead you do the talk shows and complain. Please, next time go to any meetings that would help your state.

    PS call Mircrosoft. They have a plan to help K-12. Looking at your education statistics, you should have made this meeting.

    February 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Mike in Houston

    Obama is a great campaigner. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to govern.

    February 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. JD

    An elected official in their first term always in campaign mode? WOW!!! Breaking news from the esteemed fool from Mississippi. Why are we letting people representing states that are at the statistical bottom of virtually everything in the US to talk so much. Con men. And btw, Bush was always in campaign mode too. So was Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon lived in campaign mode. The list goes on.

    February 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. carmela

    I was just wondering..what do those republicans wan the President to do? Really? Cause if the President won't do anything, they will say, he's a lame duck and when he actually do something like work hard..which is what he is doing now...they'd say he's campaigning. Actually, it is the GOP that is can't wait till 2012..they are already looking for their "annointed one" and 3 years away. Ever since they lost the election, they can't stand to see a popular President, who is sincere in serving the people...how sad.

    February 22, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. erica

    How sad that we've come to this.

    February 22, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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