Barbour's 'main thing'
February 12th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Barbour's 'main thing'

Washington (CNN) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour may not be focused on running for president yet, but at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) he had the talking points of a GOP candidate down.

Barbour called for the reining in of "government gone wild" as the one of the most important goals of 2012. Comparing his conservative policies against those of liberals he said "You know in a liberal ideology every dollar earned belongs to the government."

CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative-minded activists, which this year is extra-important because it's the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Barbour railed against "bigger government," and "failure to control spending," as he criticized President Obama's administration and it's policies toward employment, stating that it "paid lip service to job creation except this time they call it investments rather than stimulus."

"When America needed a growth in strategy...he gave us a 1 trillion dollar stimulus bill that only stimulated more government. Instead of focusing on jobs...he spent a year concocting a government-run health care system…that stifles job creation," Barbour continued.

He pledged that the GOP will "cut spending and take the first step towards restoring sanity towards the government" because "we want an important victory in November."

The rumored 2012 hopeful expressed his faith in the House Republicans and issued a call to stay focused. "Our new majority can stop the worst excesses, stop funding for bad policies," he said.

"Starting today for the next 21 months remember the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing is electing a Republican president next year. We want to get America on the right track," he said.

"Fellow conservatives 2012 will be a year of decision. In 2011 the American people didn't give us a referendum to govern. They gave us a chance. So let's make the most of it."

And Barbour addressed what may be seen as the elephant in the room: a growing rift among conservative activists as Tea Party-backed candidates challenge Republican incumbents in office, and win.

In a move that sought to unify his like-minded colleagues he rejected any claims of a rift, saying, "The left media says the Tea Party is dangerous to Republicans. This is a case of the left whistling past the graveyard."

Finding common ground with the Tea Party movement, Barbour affirmed that "Rather than divide us it unites us, unites us as conservatives, unites us as Republicans and unites us as Americans."

"Our agenda is Americans' agenda and with your help our team will be a winning team, American team, in 2012," he said.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Thatguy371

    "You know in a liberal ideology every dollar earned belongs to the government."

    That statement just negated everything else he said after it.

    February 12, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. fayse

    The Tea Party is the John Birch Society, they just re named it.

    February 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Mountaineer

    Haley Barbour is just one of a number of Republican bigots running for President. They claim to know so much but all they know is torture, bigotry, lying, and fearmongering! Go CPAC, show your ture colors and hypocrisy!

    February 12, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. denton310

    what no body cares what this guy has to say?

    February 12, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Bess

    Haley Barbour is governor of a state with one of lowest of the low in terms of standard of living, What has he done to improve his state? What has he done to establish jobs in his state? Another instance of the GOP criticizing without a plan. If we learn by example, what example has the GOP shown? Lies and deceit for getting the U.S. into a war in Iraq costing billions, and American lives lost along with maimed bodies and minds. The U.S. economy was ruined by 8 years of Bush-Cheney and their cronies, not the present administration.

    February 12, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I thought the "main thing" was creating jobs. Sorry, my bad. Of course, I didn't believe your crap back in 2010.

    February 12, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. A

    All these speakers at this convention, say the same thing, as they are told what to do. No free thinking here. All the same script.

    February 12, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Ken Klein

    Barbour's goal of a tiny Federal government will leave many poor people out in the cold given the harsh realities of human nature. Also this debrains 'body America' as well. The government is the grounding of all the American people. It is the very brains of America. Do not arbitrarily shrink it. Use it wisely instead. But use it. Let it run. Wisely. Barbour you are missing the point .

    February 12, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. D. Bunker

    So far the Greedy Old Parasites are blowing their chance to prove their competence and willingness to help non-billionaires. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?!?!

    February 12, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    Memorizing talking points...Wow. Now the follow up question....What would you do differently....Please be specific in your answer.

    February 12, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Chase

    And we all know what the main thing is in Barbour's confederate backwards south Mississipi state is, don't we?

    February 12, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. marty

    Haley Barbour wants to 'get America on the right track", just like he did during the Katrina disaster.

    February 12, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. they call me "tater salad"

    Yep, and the conservative theory is that every middle class dollar belongs to corporations, Wall Street, and the mega-wealthy!!! That was easy!

    February 12, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    ["Starting today for the next 21 months ]
    We ain’t going to take any more JUNK
    None whatsoever even if we end up in Sing-Sing
    Because [remember the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.]
    LMAO – and they think the LEFT is crazy!!

    February 12, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Patrick from Minnesota

    Barbour represents every stereotype that foreigners have made about this country. I pray we aren't stupid enough to elect him to any high office.

    February 12, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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    February 12, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  17. LouAz

    And if I get to be President, I'll take back all the slaves that Lincoln gave away. It is just the Southern way of doing business !

    February 13, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. jepo

    I really hope someone good runs and wins against Obama. I voted for him and I'm disgusted with the job he's done.

    February 13, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  19. Eric

    "The main thing is electing a Republican president next year." ???? I thought the main thing was to create jobs for Americans.

    February 13, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. Sister Sarah

    Ole' Haley Boy done lost me before he even got started, he was my #1 PICK amongst Republicans. But now that I see he is amenable to sucking the big toe of that Mindless Senseless Hateful Tea-bagger crowd, Mr. Barbour need not count on me come November 2012.

    February 13, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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