April 16th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Barbour: Congressional GOP, governors coming together

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Relations between Republican governors and congressional GOP leaders is the best it has been in at least a decade, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

Barbour, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, singled out former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole for reaching out to governors during the 1990s, but noted that the state and national GOP leaders "sort of drifted away" from each other over the past 10 years. The Mississippi governor delivered the Republican weekly address in March.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also said the RGA and the RNC are "like-minded" in that both campaign organizations are focused on the 2010 midterm elections.

"I do think the RNC agrees with us at RGA that we don't need to talk about anything past 2010," Barbour said.

Next year, one-third of the Senate and the entire House will be up for election, and 36 gubernatorial races will take place. This year, two gubernatorial races are scheduled in New Jersey and Virginia.

And when asked if recent news stories about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, had been a distraction, Barbour said he didn't think so.

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  1. arithmetic is liberal

    Every time you shine the light on Republican ideals so that you can see what real conservatives stand for...

    ...more people vote Democrat.

    This just sounds like a gathering of the Good Ol' Boys southern club so they can stand around and talk about tea bagging.

    April 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Mike

    The GOP is a disaster philosophy to follow today.......

    They destroyed the country over the last eight years with their philosophy – tax cuts, war spending, homeland security spending, laissez faire about wall street (ie no oversite), etc

    How can they change that?

    April 16, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. J.P.

    The Donkey and the Elephant are both dead. Get over it.

    You either are for looting, mooching and bailouts, or you are for the individual.

    And for the record, ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, we're keeping score. If you voted to approve Bailout Palooza, Porkulus and the OmniPork Budget, pack your bags and book your flight home now.

    April 16, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    So were the Republican Governors and the Republican Congressional members ever NOT "like minded"? Like threatening to secede from the US is OK? Both groups belong to the Gutless Old Politicians klan.

    April 16, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    It will look just like the GOP CONVENTION last year. Same old white faces, ideas, policies, they are not for the masses of the people in America their only mission is to divide, spread hate, keep old white men in control. Most people in America are more educated, read more, know more about how our government works, use computer for research, try very hard to get all facts, both sides of a particular issue, or statement. 95% of the AMERICAN PEOPLE want our country to be successful and prosper. The GOP is not interested in the American people, they try hard to cater to the less educated, those who do not know they are going to get a tax break if they make less than 250k. Just check the facts. FACTCHECK.ORG and listen to NPR, it appeals to the more educated, provides both sides, even has speakers who present different views on a given issue, political or otherwise. We really need to improve education in this country. Knowledge is FREEDOM.

    April 16, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. William Charlotte, NC

    The last few have to stick together. We wouldn't want any new progressive ideas emerging; it might cause rational people to vote for us.

    April 16, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Mississippi Mike April 16th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

    True, the only way to unseat the Democrats will be to put forth a united front. It's been done before and needs to happen again.

    Not by offering viable solutions to the everyday American, but by sticking together and showing our team spirit...that's the way to beat the Dems. remember, it's us versus them.

    You guys have no clue why you are losing elections. You blame the media, division within the party, not getting "the message" out to enough people, ACORN....The reason why you are losing is because you have been proven wrong. Your economic policy...supply side economics, Tax cut tax cuts tax cuts: WRONG
    Foreign policy: Unjustified poorly planned war: WRONG
    Your perpetual attempt to use of fear: WRONG
    Your whole message: WRONG
    And there is no question in the educated voters mind that you are WRONG.

    April 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Bet he can't say the same about the relationship between the GOP and voters.

    April 16, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Husman

    The coming together of the governors, legislatures and state officials is not the problem of the Republican party but its policy that sees other Americans as not "their kind" and that the rest of the party members should either look like Rush Limbaugh,Sean Hannity or Barbour.
    Americans are tired of division and the mess created after the booming economy left by Bill Clinton has shown that the Republicans wants to prove that the government is actually the problem and not the solution

    April 16, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. arithmetic is liberal

    What was the irreconcilable difference between the RGA and RNC in the first place?! Did the Governors contend that Rapture would come before the Tribulation and the RNC contend that it would come after?

    April 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. brian, biloxi, ms

    Haley Barbour is a joke. What is he talking about the relationship beteween the GOP has never been stronger. Earth to our disillusional governor, the GOP is a regional, narrow-mined, culturaly set in the 1960's party. The world and the narrow view that you and the GOP party faithful see is over. Try getting your state, Mississippi

    April 16, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. brian, biloxi, ms

    oou of the gutter in every social and economic category,and you have the gaul not to except help from federal govt. as poor as we are! what a great leader!

    April 16, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Bea from Texas

    The world saw the real G.O.P yesterday. I hope true Americans saw the truth about this party and not allow the KKK to rule AMerica...

    April 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Curled up in a ball

    I follow Ron Paul. He's a real republican.

    April 16, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ J.P., who said "And for the record, ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, we're keeping score. If you voted to approve Bailout Palooza, Porkulus and the OmniPork Budget, pack your bags and book your flight home now."

    Do you even pay attention to the polls? I mean yeah, I disagree with Congresspeople using polls to determine their position on an issue instead of their conscience, but as for measuring the public's approval of something, they're pretty convenient. So far, the polls show that your statement is daydream rhetoric from lala land.

    April 16, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. J.P.

    God, you people are economically illiterate...

    Yes, you are correct, 95% of all Americans (Tax paying or not) will get a tax cut (well... a welfare check for those who don't actually pay any income tax). You're right. They get an average $13 bucks each paycheck.

    And it's free money! Right!? Wrong.

    Someone will have to pay for that tax cut. Guess who is going to get stuck picking up the tab? Those eeeeeeeeeeevil "rich" people. They get stuck picking up the tab in the form of tax hikes. And how do THEY pay for it? Simple, they cut back on their investments, they trim employees, they cut routes, they scale back production, and any myriad of ways to save money in their obligation to meet the blood demands of the mafioso taxman.

    So... yes Americans, you WILL get a tax cut... all it will cost you is your job.

    Do the math.

    April 16, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Kevin B

    Hey J.P., is the scenario you painted the same one that occured under President Clinton's or under President Reagan's watch when the top earners paid a bit more in federal taxes. Absolutley not !!

    The economy grew and many more americans prospered

    So please quit selling your malarkey because it is just not accurate.

    When republicans stop trafficing in fear and untruths, we might begin to take you seriously, until then please stop the B.S.

    April 16, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    Until the GOP quits the clown show act and stop insulting our intelligence with thier thinking americans are to stupid to see the obvious and will follow the weakly crafted sound bites of the talk radio host they will remain on the trash heap of history in american politics and good riddance.

    April 16, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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