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. Mark

    Pat, thanks for making me laugh, I enjoyed your satirical "rant". Oh wait – you don't actually believe that stuff do you? Are you wearing aluminium foil on your head right now?

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. billy-bayou

    I have taken an oath upon the Alter of God, Eternal Hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
    And that hostility extends to obama and his form of government, Al Gore and his global warming garbage. Also included are that fine group of tax cheats, liars and ethically bankrupt individuals collected by the obama to guide this nation,....TO WHAT?....Ruin?
    Wake up and smell the coffee people.

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. MRT

    Pat certainly needs a course on the Constitution... and then after that he needs counselling which would include being barred from Fox News...

    February 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Kai

    One month in office and the GOP is making trouble for our popular president. Its time to stop bickering and work together to resolve this global economic problem. Where is United we Stand?

    February 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Leesburg

    What would you expect? You play to your strengths. Obama is inspirational and his mellifluos/melodius style of speaking geeks people up, regardless of what he is proposing makes a lick of sense or not.

    As his 4 years in the Senate showed prior to his being elected, he is skilled in the art of speaking; not in the art of delivering well thought out policy , legislation, and other tangible accomplishments.

    February 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Kurt

    The Confederate Governor from Mississippi
    will continue to oppose the Yankee President from Illinois.

    They can still win the Civil War
    with about another 100 years of complaining.

    February 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Julie

    Horrors! A politician that reaches out to states that traditionally disagree with him when there is not election in sight (at least for 4 years)? That seems so... well it seems a bit like a president that is trying to unite a nation. How dare he!

    February 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. midwestern independent

    Are you kidding me? This country is in the worst economic crisis since the depression and the governor is worried about the power shift in the country and where Prisident Obama goes to address the people!!! Has it occurred to Haley Barbour that people are desparate, and are looking for some "real" leadership in this troubled time.....instead of sniping from the sidelines, why don't the Republicans take some (not all) responsibility for this mess and move forward in a positive manner? We all have a stake in the future of this country and most people are looking for someone to lead us out of this mess, not stand on the sidelines second-guessing and secretly hoping for failure. Shame on you. Where is your patriotism?

    February 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Jeff

    First off, Pat, you're an idiot. Secondly, folks, THIS ISNT GOING TO WORK OVERNIGHT. It might work. It might not. What we've been doing for the last 6 years sure as hell isn't.

    About the king bit. We're lucky that we're not under the rule of W the 1st, absolute ruler of America. You need to remember all the Constitutional issues created by Obamas' predecessor. Look into this. Republicans stand for a Republic. Democrats stand for a democracy. What has made this country great and allowed it to remain free is a fine balance of democracy and republic. Neither can stand on it's own, but together, they maintain the balance of this nation as was intended from the start. This was never intended to be a true democracy. Nor was it intended to be a true republic.

    February 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Richard

    TheOne has been campaigning his whole life. It's all he knows how to do. The guy is a charlatan and a complete joke of a president. He belongs on a college debate team, not in The White House.

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Ari

    GOP wants to send America to hell in a basket
    so they can get back to power

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Frederick Harris

    As usual Gov. Barbour is blowing it out of his butt. It only seems as though President Obama is on a perpetual campaign. That's because Dick + Dubya rarely ventured out of Crawford and the secret cave. In addition, it is a little premature for that sad excuse of a governor to label Obama's travels as apermanent campaign when he has only been president for 5 weeks.

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Steve

    Nice job obama. Paying for your campain with our money. Good way to cut the drficite.

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. catmom

    Is he really serious? Republicans have never come to grips with the fact that the American people rejected their ideology. They began to run their next campaign on Nov. 5, 2008. They started throwing Sarah Palin in our faces even though she was soundly rejected. Now they are throwing Bobby Jindal up. Republicans have rejected working with this President so that he can fail because they think his failure will make people flock to the Republican party. They are following along with Rush Limbaugh's talking points, they want this President to fail. The American people are not blind to this, we see what they are doing.

    President Obama campaigned on transparency, when he does what he says Republicans call it campaigning. So be it, at least we have a President telling us his plans, talking to the American people. The only thing Republicans have is negativity and obstruction.

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. GenTwelve

    There comes a time (that has not occurred) when the President becomes the leader of our country and not the leader of their political party. President Bush never let go of this idealism and one can make a statement that his terms were less than stellar.

    For myself, being unemployed (since August 2008), I will NOT qualify for COBRA reimbursement. Additionally HR155 (rescinding unemployment benefit tax) is currently “in committee” i.e. not going to happen soon.

    A real leader of our country i.e., “THE PRESIDENT” would give health insurance relief retroactive the December 2007 (the star of the recession per his campaign rhetoric or should I state comments). Also, you live up to your campaign promise regarding unemployment benefites.

    As the days go be WE THE PEOPE see these trends occurring….

    The media loves the President.

    President is truly a social liberal.

    President Obama has a difficult job.

    Barrack Obama is President in name only, not by his actions.

    Please, act like a President should, WE THE PEOPLE pertains to all of us, not just your party or contributors. President Bust (I mean Bush) could not lead this way and quite frankly President Obama your path is charting the same course!!

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. E. Ardouin

    The Republicans want to forget that they put us here. They should welcome solutions to those problems they caused. Eight years of neglect.

    February 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. R. E. Goff

    Duh! As someone from Illinois who has been watching Mr. Obama for awhile, what is the surprise? All he has ever done is run for election. It won't stop until the next presidential election occurs in 2012 so get used to it America.

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Terence

    Gee, someone give Barbour a gold star on his report card. Guess what Barbour? It's payback time for all the hardcore messin' up you "Republicans" (only in name, as you used our Republic as your doormat for the last 8 years) did to our beautiful country. Shame on you. Shame on all Republicans. If you at least had an iota of intellectual honesty you would recognize the miserliness of your ways, the bankruptcy of your morals, and the decrepitude of your so-called culture.

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Jay

    Shut up Barbour! Go back to your "grandstanding" over the stimulus money you say you won't accept.

    GOP = Party First, Country Last.

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. CM

    The president needs to stay in touch with people by all communication means, instead of (like our last president) allowing his vice-president to run the country by manipulating intelligence!

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Carol Parsons

    I don't feel the 'stimulus package' is fair, as far as how the money will be distributed to taxpayers. If the method of getting money circulating back in the economy is only through small amounts in paychecks, HOW will this reach the many hard working citizens who are currently unemployed?

    Also, many may have resorted, in the past few years, as the economy slowed down, to doing small jobs and are paid being paid directly by other individuals, where they don't receive an official paycheck. Some examples would be handyman type jobs or childcare on a small scale in a private home, tutoring, etc. How will the tax rebate or credit reach these people?

    What about the young mother who recently quit her fulltime job when she had a baby, cannot afford daycare, and her husband, who was recently laid off, is working just small part time odd jobs instead of collecting unemployment, to try to make ends meet? How will this stimulus/rebate (which they fairly have worked for and deserve) reach THEM?

    I'd like to see these issues and very COMMON situations addressed!

    February 22, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Bob Cooper

    I wish that Mr. Obama would just sit down and start governing this country and focusing on the job of being President of the United States. He behavior reminds me of an adult with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). I have just about had enough of the photo ops and back slapping. He actually needs to get to work himself. My hope is that he will start rolling up his sleeves and putting for all that legislation he talked about in the campaign. That will give Conservatives even more opportunity to take back the Congress and the Executive Branch in 2012.

    February 22, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Only in America

    Can you imagine what it would be like if these Repub Govnrs were in charge? To be Governors, I expect them to be more intelligent like the Florida Governor.

    These selfish guys should step down for the good of their people.

    I say put a woman in charge!

    February 22, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Chris


    2 wars? Iraq, yea Bush started, but what is the second one???? I think you mean Afghanistan... But last time I checked just about everyone was onboard for that one? Are you saying we should let Al Qaeda and the Taliban run free to plan more 9/11s? I dont think so. President Obama is onboard with the war in Afghanistan too, in fact he is adding 17,000 more troops. So please dont blame Bush and the Republicans for everything cause that is not the truth.


    February 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. JSU-TIGER99

    I am from Mississippi and Gov. Barbour only care about his rich wihet friends I never voted for him because I left the state, You would think that he will take the money to help better things but he want to see the people of the state at the bottom. All these people want to do is run for office in 2012 the way things going we might not need a president in 2012

    February 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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