April 11th, 2010
10:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Environment in '10 better than '94, says Barbour

(CNN) – The man who ran the Republican National Committee in 1994 when the GOP retook both chambers in Congress says the environment in this midterm election year is better than it was 16 years ago.

“The political environment for Republicans this first half of April, 2010, is better than it was the first half of April 1994,when we won 54 seats in the House, took control of the House, the Senate, [and] more than 30 governorships,” Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Barbour told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that Republicans would again retake control of the House and the Senate if the election were held now. “The problem is the election is not today,” he explained.

Explaining his comparative analysis of 2010 and 1994, Barbour also told Crowley that the favorable environment in 1994 “developed later, developed in a little bit different way.”

“The people in this country are very agitated,” Barbour said of the current political environment, “Republicans are energized. And independents are talking like, thinking like, and planning to vote like Republicans.”

In addition to being a former RNC chairman, Barbour is the current chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is considered one of the most influential members of the GOP as the party regroups following its losses in the 2008 elections.

Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Haley Barbour • State of the Union
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  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    For all you right wingnuts, stupidity must be a pre-existing condition.

    April 11, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The American people were also agitated in 2006 and in 2008. But that was due to republican incompetence.

    April 11, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    With Mr. Mittens landslide win over Ron Paul in the southern secessionist poll, I think republicans might have difficulty in 2012.

    April 11, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    After the republicans took over the house in 1994, Newt quickly attempted to shut down government. Don't you just love those obstructionists in the GOP?

    April 11, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    Name calling doesn't do much to advance your agenda !!!

    April 11, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Marry

    ...keep on dreaming, Barbour....

    April 11, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Frank Sellers

    And thanks to the Republicans and their pollution pals the environment that surrounds all of us on Earth is worse than ever!

    The air, both literally and politically, is also more poisonous than ever. Thanks for working so hard to destroy our world, Republicans! This is EXACTLY what Jesus would want!

    April 11, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    Thats not what I'm seeing out there. Over the past week, I've seen a slow, but steady shift of Independents and center-leaning Republicans being driven away from the Republican Party because of the current Republican agenda of leaning far right. Sure, the far right is loud and vocal, but that crowd is not where the quiet and subdued majority reside. In fact, they have a tendency to stay away from these groups and one of these "groups", I am sorry to say, is the Republican Party. I think the GOP leadership needs to "listen" a whole lot closer to the "silent" but "mighty" majority.

    April 11, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Arlen

    I think its a lot better for Republicans...and you can thank Reid, Pelosi, and Obama for that.

    April 11, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Aaron

    Hopefullly, he's dreaming. Not sure if we can survive another 8 years of Repub looting and pillaging the country.

    April 11, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Jeremy@Dallas

    My fellow Americans,tell LIZ CHENEY to stop supporting corrupt regime in Afghanistan. It is wrong in all directions to use our tax Dollars to support currupt and drug dealing regime. Here at home corrupt leaders are in jail. No one likes curruption and that is why Talibans are fighting Pres Karzai. They want to eliminate corruption and instil strick Islamic rule. By having corruption free or less corrupt regime in Kabul,we stand better chance to win Afghan population and indeed the war.

    April 11, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. ghandigee

    Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC et al., spoon feed us with a well choreographed soap opera while the Democrats and Republicans assume their positions on stage avoiding the real social and economic issues that affect the masses. When political issues are reduced to emotions and sound bites we cease to be a free country and become manipulated by a ruling elite. Your vote doesn't count you are voting for one party in the end.

    April 11, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. save my state.

    My wife and I always voted Dem., but this year in the fall we will be voting Republican. It seems to us that republican are more in step with an American way of life. Were not sure what kind of world the Dems. are in step with right know. The Dems. seem to have incompetence when it comes to spending our money.

    April 11, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Jim

    We Democrats need to quit acting like solving the health care mess is something we should hide. Yes, some Democratic congress people may get voted out, but so may some Republicans for voting against it. We need to stop going along with this narrative that the Republicans are going to take over in the next election.

    Let's put them on the defensive and make them justify the fact that since the last election they have spent no time trying to solve America's problems and have instead focused on grinding our government to a halt.

    April 11, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. PalmReader

    And independents are talking like, thinking like, and planning to vote like Republicans.”
    More tea leaf reading coming from the right? Did you not see who won the straw poll, Barbour?

    Mitt. With Ron Paul a VERY close second. This suggests a very, very divided party, Mr. Barbour. Good luck bringing all the chickens home to roost . . .

    We are in 2010, NOT 1994. You GOPers have yet to come up with ONE single accomplishment since Obama became president, or, for that matter, the 8 years prior, when you GOPers HAD full control. Just saying no now has done nothing but prove how out of touch with the majority of American people you GOPers really are, and has actually kept the economy from recovering faster than it might have, had there been cooperation.

    Re-electing the very same individuals that brought this country to economic ruin, thus giving the GOPers a second chance to initiate the very same policies that have caused so much hardship is, well, stupid . . .

    April 11, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Chris

    I'm part of the group of Independent Moderates who actually decide elections. My ballots in the past of always been a mix of both Republicans and Democrats. I never voted for or against any particular party. Rather I chose a candidate who I felt was most qualified for the position and who would best represent the American people. I often would tell people I'm not a Democrat and I'm not a Republican.

    This year, I will not vote for a single Republican. Their behavior since the last election has been completely reprehensible. They have become a party of extremists. The GOP has shown repeatedly they only care about returning to power and are perfectly willing to drag down the country to do it. There is still alot about the Democrats I don't like, but at least they are trying to help the country.

    This year I have been telling people I'm not a Democrat, but I'm sure as hell not a Republican.

    April 11, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. A disgusted former Republican

    Barbour has never been noted for his intellectuall prowess!

    April 11, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Larry

    The ONE thing Republicans seem to actually be able to do ...

    Is to, during times of obvious discourse amongst themselves and their dwindling support of the ever more wise American people ...

    Is to so well lie to themselves about "How Good Things Look" for themselves in the future ...

    As always, they are absolutely Delusional ...

    Hey Barbour, when the only support you obstructionists have is the 25 percent hard core of your base, and the minimal support from the Tea Party, it's certainly time to take OFF the rosie colored glasses, and GET TO WORK, if you want any voter support !

    April 11, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Jesus

    Even I'm voting Republican this year.

    April 11, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Marie MD

    @save my state – My wife and I always voted Dem., but this year in the fall we will be voting Republican. It seems to us that republican are more in step with an American way of life.
    What way of life are you talking about? Lies, cheaters, hatemongers, revolution instigators, secessionists, uneducated politicians and teabaggers, quitters, losers, bondage club attendees, C stree gang bangers, the list goes on and on.
    Is this what you and your wife are about? Guess you have as much family values as the repugs. Sad, very sad. 🙁

    April 11, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Baptists do not like Mitt's special underwear.

    No chance in the primary, but would have a better chance in general except tor that whole being for universal health care, before he was against it, sort of bags that whole "repeal and replace" argument.

    Paul will be the divider. the tea gaggers will vote and may get him the primary, but doomed to fail in the general. Do away with Medicare, etc a non-starter

    Have you not heard all the old white folks Rving across American from one KKK rally to the next, I think they call themselves the tea bagger Express, screaming keep your "socialist" hands off my Medicare?

    That just leaves little missy, the witless Wasilla Wonder Bra.

    Please, God. let Palin and Bachmann run in 2012, I already have the bumper sticker.

    “Playtex Palin/Bali Bachmann, the perfect boobs for 2012“!

    April 11, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Marcus

    People, have you all realized that every single week there's at least two or three major Republicans names predicting a BIG win in the upcoming elections?
    Repeat a mantra ad nauseam until others believe in it (without any substance to base such belief except for the mantra itself) is a form of brainwash...

    April 11, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Chad from Tampa

    November can't get here fast enough! Too many Koolaid drinkers in office right now.

    April 11, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. save my state.

    @ Marie MD
    I guess I could vote for the Liers, over spender, socialist, cheaters , losers, anti american, abortionist, killers. They are some values I don't want my kids to have. I'm sorry you promote these with yours.

    April 11, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    STM!! The RepubliCAN'Ts are suffering from AND dealing with people who have STM....

    But about time 2010 rolls around and it becomes very obvious to those who are suffering from STM that the economy is good; jobs are coming back; health care is no where near what the RepubliCAN'Ts lied about; and the list emerges outlining all of the accomplishments President Obama has made in his first two years in office (which is NOT being mentioned because to the media, it's NOT NEWS-worthy)…

    SUDDENLY – like a FLASH of lightening – it will dawn on the people suffering from STM Syndrome. Almost instantaneously, they will realize BEFORE pulling that lever in the voting booth that it was the 8 years under BUSH that got us into this mess AND, it was ONLY the first TWO years under Obama that's getting us out of it!!!

    BAM, they are cured!!! Our only hope is the Short Term Memory they have suffered was temporary and when 2012 rolls around they, STM is history!!

    April 11, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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