Barbour flew state plane to appear at CPAC, Fox News
March 24th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
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Barbour flew state plane to appear at CPAC, Fox News

(TIME)-On Feb. 11, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, his wife and three aides flew in a luxury jet to Washington for a weekend of politicking, including an appearance on Fox News Sunday and a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Our problem is not that we tax too little," Barbour told the gathering. "It's that we spend too much."

The potential presidential contender may have another problem: Mississippi taxpayers paid the tab for Barbour's first-class travel. State documents obtained by TIME show that Mississippi shelled out $7,020 to shuttle Barbour and his entourage to and from D.C. on its Cessna Citation, a cost that Barbour says is justified by state work he did in D.C. over the same weekend.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh for Chrissakes!! Is ANYONE surprised at the hypocrisy of it all?
    Babar: the Elephant that wished he could.

    March 24, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He won't pay it back, will he? What was the state business there?

    March 24, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Please RUN Mr. Barbour so those of us who are not from the most ignorant, racist and uneducated place in the Union (Mississippi) can RUN YOU RIGHT OUT THE BACK DOOR! If YOU think for one moment this country will EVER let a hick like you represent it's values YOU sir are even a BIGGER fool than all the other rats proclaiming to run on the [R] ticket. To those in Mississippi you are probably a big man but the majority of us would not let you clean our house. So again, RUN.

    March 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. V in Chicago

    Is any one surprised? Again, the right telling everyone to "Do as I say, not as I do". It's finacially conservative for him to use tax payers' money for his own convenience, but don't need to spend a dime on those less fortunate than himself. This is exactly what the Republican Party has to offer. And, if you think any of the other clowns in that circus are any different, stay tuned. . .


    March 24, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Name Creole

    And he want's to talk about Obama

    March 24, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Down goes another one. It's bad enough you Haley looks like the dude from Dukes of Hazzard, but misusing taxpayer money.........Who would've thunk it.

    March 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Greg in Arkansas

    If he thinks the problem is ..."It's that we spend too much." ....maybe he should skip the Cessna Citation and take the Greyhound.

    March 24, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Bill

    More GOP baloney from this bloated, arrogant hypocrite. All they do is complain and live by the do as I say, not as I do credo. No wonder they will not win the WH in the 2012 general.

    March 24, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. UnionProud

    No one in Miss will care. They voted in this GoodOleBoyBossHogg! Remember; they are the least educated of all Americans. FOX will re-spin this event for the uneducated for them as whatever FOX and Rush say must be true! RD. MiamiBch.

    March 24, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Liberals are the Real Patriots

    Save it Haley. At least until the statue of limitations run out on the Mississippi Burning case.

    March 24, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. rs

    Whoops! The old Republican "do what I say, not what I do" trap!

    March 24, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Like in that old Genesis' song:'Just do as I say/ don't do as I do'...

    March 24, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. The Situation

    So this guy wants to critize Obama for going to Brazil on a diplomatic trip while he is flying around on the expense of taxpayers dollars? RIGHT! Another G.O.P joke!

    March 24, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Dave

    As usual, we have the GOP "do as I say, not as I do" garbage. It's typical behavior from these idiots.

    March 24, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. a6102658

    People that vote for Republicans, should get this guy to the primaries, This country is not ever going to elect a Hick like this guy.

    March 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mississippians shelled out $7000 for Boss Hogg to appears on Fox and speak to the criminals at CPAC. At least it only cost their state $3500 because the rest of the tax payers in the United States picked up the rest. Remember the republican way, Mississippi gets $2 for every dollar they send to DC.

    March 24, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How is that republican culture of corruption going for you, Boss Hogg?

    March 24, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    What, Roscoe P. Coltrane wasn't there to escort him in the squad car with Flash?

    March 24, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Emerson

    From the picture, I thought the story was that Barbour was transported to the CRAP hoe down in a flying saucer.

    March 24, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Rosslaw

    What do you think Boss Hogg is going to do? Can you blame him for wanting to get out of the state that is number 50 in everything? His idea of success is bringing the rest of the United States down to Ms.'s level. I would love to see him do his good 'ol boy shuck and jive routine in a debate with the Prez and see how far that would go, at least with those Americans who neither believe the world is 8,000 years old nor flat.

    March 24, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Of course he can do it. He's fatso from MS. If the President were to do that they would want to impeach him.
    That being said, how did he get to that picnic in NY uring the oil spill? Same plane?
    This man still makes me sick to my stomach to look at him!! 🙁

    March 24, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |

    Hypocrite, much?

    March 24, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. The Situation

    Why is this fatman wasting his time. Last time they polled him against Obama the President destroy this clown by a 17 point margin! Stop wasting the good people of Mississippi tax money on a horrible dream!

    March 24, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |