Barbour explains Trump's poll numbers
April 12th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Barbour explains Trump's poll numbers

Washington (CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Haley Barbour isn't putting much stock in Donald Trump's recent surging poll numbers.

"I wouldn't read too much into that in all candor," Barbour told Chris Ryan on WKXL Radio Tuesday. "For some voters it may have just been that pure and simple, I've heard of Donald Trump, nobody else I've heard of I want to be for. So I'll just park my vote for this little poll with Donald Trump."

The Republican Mississippi governor will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state Wednesday and said voters will pay more attention as the nominating process progresses.

"Voters will start paying more and more attention and they'll get to know more and more candidates," Barbour said. "At the end of the day, they will make decisions based on candidates they know, not just the idea of here's some poll and where do I want to park my vote today."

In a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, Trump and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for first when Republicans were asked who they would support for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

But when asked what differentiates him from other potential candidates, Barbour touted his past roles including time spent as a lobbyist, his history as governor of Mississippi and particularly his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"In the United States today we face a different kind of crisis," Barbour said. "We need somebody who in a plain spoken common sense way gets results… in improving our economy, in regaining our stature in the world and that having been through what my state and I went through with Katrina is a very important lesson in the skills that are required to do that."

Filed under: Donald Trump • Haley Barbour • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. obama victim

    just the upgrade on First Lady alone is enough for me to suport The Donald

    April 12, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Monrob

    Trump is a clown.

    April 12, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    "For some voters it may have just been that pure and simple, I've heard of Donald Trump, nobody else I've heard of I want to be for. So I'll just park my vote for this little poll with Donald Trump."

    TRANSLATION: He's more of a racist than I am.

    April 12, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. tlmess

    LOL, what? this is it? down the tubes with the pubes. gobama

    April 12, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. dumbasrocks [R]s

    Mr. Barbour is the very FACE of [R] delusion! Look at the [R]-caused problems he lists: the economy, our stature in the world and Katrina. EACH AND EVERY ONE CREATED OR MADE WORSE BY THE WORST FED GOVERNMENT THAT THERE EVER WAS 2000-2006 - 100% OF IT RUN BY [R]s. And these are the very reasons he gives for electing more [R]s?!!! What an abject idiot....which apparently is the first qualification for a [R] running for office.

    Mr. Barbour, I think someone should park their little pole in YOU and all you're little Teatard drama-queen followers!

    April 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Remind me again, Haley: how much money does your state receive from the Feds, vs how much you actually pay in? The last thing this country needs is another Red-state governor who needs massive federal subsidies to stay afloat telling us how he's going to improve things. I was always under the impression the conservatives stressed personal responsibility: how can this twit be stressing that with a straight face when his state needs Federal money just to get out of last place in every category that matters ( no, heart disease and obesity DON'T count). Barbor has done nothing for his state except steal money from hard-working blue state workers to keep federal dependency alive in 'Ole Miss.

    April 12, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    ["I wouldn't read too much into that in all candor," Barbour told Chris Ryan]

    Sorry BARBOUR – you can read a lot into this – the LOUDEST out there on your side is the TEA PARTY...The Tea Party is FAR-RIGHT... TRUMPet is playing into the LOUDEST voice because he is LOUD himself by capitalizing on the BIRTHER issue – LOUDLY!! He's drawing all of the LOUD voters from the far-right to him like a magnet!!!

    TRUMPet will WIN and he and his LOUD followers will lead him to the Bridge to NOwhere because by that time the American people (the majority) will know all about him and who he stands for and realize he DOES NOT represent them and vote for President Obama........................PERIOD!!!

    TRUMPet is very PROUD
    to be LOUD
    as he takes charge of the ignorant CROWD
    that has NOthing else to do but parade AROUND
    the country once again being LOUD
    expecting all Americans to BOW them.................and we're NOT!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For a person hauling in a 2% favorability rating, Haley sure has a lot of answers. Donald's popularity comes from the extreme right, and the extremists only represent 60% of the republican party.

    April 12, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Rosslaw

    Thank goodness there's a responsible voice in the Republican party like Boss Hogg, leader of the great state of Mississippi which ranks 50th in any category of any importance and No. 1 in any category like STD's that you would prefer to pass on. He balanced the state's budget with stimulus funds and then blasts the Obama administration for stimulus spending. Maybe Trump might be willing to run on the Tea Bagger/GOP ticket as VP, the dream team.

    April 12, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Governer, the conservative voter casts his vote according to the will of the party, not their minds.

    April 12, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Health care, health care? We Mississippians don't need no friggin' health care.

    April 12, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    This tells us all we need to know about the brain-damaged voters on the far right.

    April 12, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. notfooledbydistractions

    I can explain it in two words...gullibility and desperation.

    Rubes, just ripe for the pickin'.

    April 12, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    from what the Republicans are putting out there in the field so far, Obama may win by DEFAULT. Unless the country is braindead again, after all the US put Bush in office twice!

    GObama 2012

    April 12, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Me

    "We need somebody who in a plain spoken common sense way gets results…in regaining our stature in the world..." We already did that in 2008. That's why Obama won a Nobel. It was world-wide acknowledgment that our stature in the world was improved by him being in the WH.

    April 12, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Jake

    so in other words (and what he means to say) is that GOP voters are SO STUPID that they will just vote for the name they know! HE SAID IT!!

    April 12, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. The Situation

    Why is that bullfrrog even wasting his time. He got no chance to win. He needs to head back to the hills with Jethro and Aunt Bee

    April 12, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Roscoe

    Boss Hogg has spoken

    April 12, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |