October 22nd, 2010
12:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Barbour to criss-cross country in election countdown

(CNN) - Led by Mississippi's Haley Barbour, five GOP governors are hitting the trail next week in support of fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will make stops in 13 states over five days, starting Tuesday in New Mexico. Later Tuesday Barbour campaigns in Wyoming and South Dakota, followed by Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois on Wednesday. Thursday he'll be in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with stops Friday in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The tour ends Saturday with events in Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.

At some of the events Barbour will be joined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Christie and McDonald both won election last year, in a Republican sweep of the two gubernatorial contests in 2009, as the party won back Democratic held governorships.

"Republican governors are where the Democrats' harsh rhetoric meets reality," says RGA Communications Director Mike Schrimpf, in a statement. "Governors like Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell have successfully focused on the pocketbook issues that voters care about and provide a clear contrast with the Democrats' record."

The RGA says the point of the tour is to make the case to voters that Republican governors are already governing successfully.

While this tour is about 2010, there are 2012 implications. Barbour and Pawlenty are both thought to be seriously considering bids for the next GOP presidential nomination. There's been buzz surrounding both Jindal and Christie as well, but both had said they don't foresee jumping into the upcoming race for the White House.

The stop in Newton, Iowa should also spark interest, as the state's caucuses kick off the presidential primary season.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Adalbert

    Why would anyone in their right mind would want to bring back the do nothing irresponsible republicans in power? It is just like putting the fox back into the henhouse. After all. most of our major problems of today were created by the republicans of yesteryears.

    October 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hehehe, Barbour is coming to blue state MN to stump for Tom Emmer for Governor. Tom can't get his head out of his behind long enough to give Minnesotan's any actual plans of what HIS plans are to improve the disaster we call Pawlenty fiscal responsibility and common sense spending. Emmer has been yakking about re-designing government here in Minnesota. Perhaps Barbour will be visiting to help draw up the Minnesota Cession from the Union plans that many District Republicans wanted to vote in favor of. Didn't go over too well. But, hey, to each their own, I guess.

    October 22, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Mississippi perhaps, but not America.

    No one is going to vote this southern "Bubba" into the presidency.

    October 22, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    The big question is whether or not he will wear his Exalted Cyclops Klan get up. Maybe he will follow the lead of other GOP/Tea Party types and wear a Nazi uniform. Heil GOP!

    October 22, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. jerzygurl

    While the Obama & the DNC have concentrated on a limited number of Congressional races to try & save, the Republican Governors Association has been crisscrossing across the Country. Has anyone taken notice that there could be as many as 40 Republican Governors making their way to the State Capitols on Jan 3rs, 2011?

    October 22, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Riiiiight...pocketbook issues. You mean like Christie putting the kibosh on the NY-NJ tunnel project solely because he didn't want 6,000 construction workers to be put to work and earning paychecks and paying union dues? We know whose pocketbooks we're talking about here...and it ain't yours or mine or the states'. NJ's future and all the savings and benefits of such a project do NOT matter to Christie, just like none of us or our issues matter to any of these goofs. What DOES matter is that people like Christie have ambition and don't want to be just a governor for one term or just a governor. In his mind, had he let that project go through, he would have been filling Dems' campaign pocketbooks, not his own...and he just couldn't allow that.

    October 22, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Haha...love the tough guy face Pence is trying to put on in that pic...what a dildo that guy is.

    October 22, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. What is the country coming to

    And want your Point CNN>>>>>>>if you want to talk about something talk about this........The Reps always say that they want to cut the taxes for Corp because 35 % is to high. Help me understand this CNN and why you have not put this out there? Bank American taxes for 2009 0.00 GE 0.00 , we paid more taxes than these big business , so what is wrong with this picture. For those who are tea beggers and Reps you just dont know what is really going on. You are being use.
    When they take away your edcucation, medicare, social security and the beat goes on. Let us know how you like that !

    October 22, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    Fat, Crusty, and Old Tour 2010

    October 22, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. anotherGDlefty

    Didn't this hillbilly just say he was too busy raising chickens to worry about politics anymore?

    Cluck, cluck Haley. If the chickens die will it be Obamas fault?

    October 22, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. No Tea For Me

    Why don't these Governors stay in their states and handle some of their own problems. Anybody reading this ever been to Mississippi?

    October 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. vic nashville tn

    Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour , Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
    All of them have more than 50% approval rating in their states so they are targeting 2012

    October 22, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    A timely reminder that if the Republicans win the whole country will end up just like Mississippi: last, and still falling.

    October 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    The "Nut Jobs" plan to crisscross the country in 2 weeks. If they are looking for a way out all they have to do is head south to the Mexico border and cross over illeagally. Mexico can have them. They drove the economy in the ditch and now that it is slowly coming up out of it, these fools want to drive it back in to make it easier for their Chinese employers to finish buying our country out from under us. I hope that the "Nut Job" followers will wake up and smell the Chinese coffee and tea being served up at the US Chamber of Commerce before it is to late.

    October 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. TS37

    Oh, this is really really going to be good! Haley "Uncle Cornpone" Barbour is finally going to become the FACE and VOICE of the Republican Party! This is the Southeren Strategy gone to seed. He should be great at reminding all the closeted Republican haters and Tea Baggers that the real reason they "want their country back" is their two-year-old shock at waking up and finding a Black family in the White House.

    October 22, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Dave

    I live in Mississippi and Barbour has been an embarrassment to our state. He's mismanaged money, is hostile to education (not only has he tried to close down or "consolidate" colleges, he's currently withholding funds intended for education and using them for Medicaid instead), and has been crooked in general, funneling Katrina relief money to his brother Jeppie and other family members, and using it to build condos in areas not even effected by the hurricane while areas along the coast still haven't been repaired. Mississippi has lost jobs and seen its infastructure deteriorate under this idiot's watch and he thinks he should be president. I hope he does run just so the rest of the country will get a good look at his record. He won't win; the only reason he stayed in office in Mississippi is because too many voters here will vote for anyone who plays up to their religion, regardless of the candidate's actual track record.

    October 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is that "criss-cross" the country or cross-hair the country? Knowing Barbour and his circa 1950's mentality, I'd venture it's the latter.

    October 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    Who pays for these trips? Inquiring minds want to know.

    October 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |