Barbour: We must change course in 2012
November 8th, 2011
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Barbour: We must change course in 2012

(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour offers a stark assessment of President Barack Obama’s first term in a new web video produced by the conservative group American Crossroads.

Debuting Tuesday, the video was produced to coincide with the one-year point until the 2012 presidential election. The project is part of the 1600 Fund, an effort launched by American Crossroads to raise money with the goal of defeating Obama.

Barbour made news Thursday when he endorsed a controversial state constitutional amendment in Mississippi that would define personhood as beginning at the moment an egg is fertilized.

Barbour will discuss that decision, along with his American Crossroads video, in an appearance on CNN’s “John King, USA” Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

In the video, Barbour lays out specific points where he says Obama has failed: reducing the unemployment rate, lowering the federal deficit, and stopping home foreclosure rates.

“When President Obama was elected in 2008, he promised to fix what was wrong with America,” Barbour says in the video. “Instead of common sense solutions, we got partisanship, leftist ideology and policies that have made things much worse. America is at a crossroads, and in 2012 we have to change course.”

Barbour offers a few policy suggestions he says will jump-start the economy: “We’ve got to lower, simplify and stabilize tax rates,” Barbour said. “We’ve got to cut spending and put a moratorium on new regulations. We’ve got to keep our military strong and maintain our standing as a leader of the free world.”

Barbour announced in April that he would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and has not publicly endorsed a candidate in the race. The Mississippi governor began advising American Crossroads in September as part of a larger push to elect Republicans in 2012.

The chairman of the conservative group hailed Barbour as an important voice for the party.

“As one of the most iconic figures of the modern Republican Party, Governor Barbour paints a vivid case of why America needs to change course in the 2012 elections,” Mike Duncan, chairman of American Crossroads, said in a statement. “Governor Barbour is uniquely qualified to stem the encroaching tide of pessimism flowing across the country due to the failed policies of President Obama. We are honored to have him as a central figure in our efforts in 2012.”

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Drake

    Do the Republicans think people are stupid.?

    This is the same strategy they have been pushing for the last 50 years – "Give us a free hand to make more money and maybe if we feel like it we will pass some of the opportunities your way". What is the government for anyway but to protect the weak and disenfranchised, ensure that everyone has an equal chance to succeed and enforce laws.

    November 8, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  2. diridi

    To make Obama one term president, whatever is necessary, how idiotic nation is and now facing....stupid....Obama2012.
    nation is on right track....true, true, true...true.

    November 8, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  3. TomInRochNY

    "Personhood". Focusing on President Obama, instead of creating jobs. Wanting to spend more on war and military build up, instead of your own people. Yes, in 2012 we will change course. But, I think you'll be very surprised at what course America takes.

    November 8, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. hawkny

    This, from the governor of the second most dependent state in the nation behind Alaska (third, if the District of Columbia is thrown in). I suppose, what Barbour wants in 2012 is $3.00 in federal assistance for every $1.00 Mississippian's pay into Federal cofers, rather than the current $2.00. IMHO, states like Mississippi, that are unable or unwilling to carry their fiscal weight in our Federal system should lose their voting rights in Congress, until they can or are willing to contribute their fair share of the financial load.

    November 8, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. RINO Bil

    What we really need to get this country going again is to get rid of politicians who have the "my way or the highway" mentality. We need representatives and senators who will put country above party. We also need representatives and senators who won't lie to us.

    Getting rid of people like Eric Cantor, Jim DeMInt, and Jon Kyl would be a good start.

    November 8, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  6. Canuck

    Two things Conservatives will never do : entertain the possibility of cutting military spending and discuss the problem of poverty.

    November 8, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    “When President Obama was elected in 2008, he promised to fix what was wrong with America,” Barbour says in the video. “Instead of common sense solutions, we got partisanship, leftist ideology and policies that have made things much worse. America is at a crossroads, and in 2012 we have to change course.”
    That's the lie that the plutocrats want you to believe.

    When President Obama was elected in 2008, he promised to fix what was wrong with America. “Looking for common sense solutions during one our most difficutl economic times, he got partisanship, conservative ideology and obstructionist policies that have made things much worse. America is at a crossroads, and in 2012 we have to send a message to the plutocrats on the extreme right.”

    November 8, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. zb

    Barbor is the govonor of the most baskward state in the union and is a leading voice in the Republican/Tparty. The direction they wants to take us is back to the dark ages.

    Let me see if I get his reasoning right: Obama is no good because he's only stopped the country from going into a full depression caused by the Republicans but hasn't yet completely fixed all of the problems they caused? Oh, yes, and he managed to do that with the Republicans doing everything they can to make him fail.

    In the meantime they believe 2 cells in the womb have more rights then a living child or person. A vote for the Republican/Tparty is a vote to lock ourselves in a lunatic asylum.

    November 8, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. Scott S.

    That's good. I'm glad your being a good politician and raising money to try and defeat Obama rather than helping your own state. If you haven't noticed, Mississippi is one of the worst states in the country in terms of education, health care, etc. The quotes are typical Republican BS, policies that not only won't work, but haven't worked, and NEVE

    November 8, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Phil in KC

    Like I'm goiing to listen to this wing-nut. After all, he's the governor of a state who has put forth an anti-abortion bill so draconian that even the Catholic church calls it extreme. I cannot believe so many people subscribe to his garbage.

    November 8, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. BlackPanthers2020

    These nasty people come with the same old tired idea's , huh it shouldn't be called a new idea because it's the same crap republicans keep pushing , how about trying to work witht the POTUS instead of trying to turn back the hands of time when a society took people"s rights away like republicans are doing now ,..............

    November 8, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    That's right. We need a change of course. Let's get rid of these obstructionists in the Senate that are blocking everything. Let's get rid of the Tea Party types that only want to tear things down and not do anything constructive.

    November 8, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Marry

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is GOP/TP to the core. He represents all that got the US into trouble and like most of the GOP; he is not capable to consider “change”. He rather run right back to the cliff we stood on in 2009 thanks to the GOP – but this time he recommends the country to jump! Talking about being judged “on one’s record”: Mississippi the State with the worst in almost everything! In Washington DC, the GOP/TP with the worst record working for the American people ever. Who wants to vote for THAT again?!?!

    November 8, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. TheOneIndependent

    One might add that the GOP obstruction has eliminated any chance at bipartisian decisions, their complete goal has always been to eliminate BO from a second term. They have done nothing to help anyone but big business and themselves. The GOP is just a bunch of crooked used car salesmen.

    November 8, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. John

    Finely a Republican that told the truth, He right we have to get has many Republican and the Tea party out of Congress and the Senate that the American People can. That the best change of course America could take. We need People In Congress and the Senate that care about the American people Instead Of there Party like the Republican are doing.

    November 8, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Have you noticed how Republicans talk about jobs UNTIL they are elected BUT once elected all they want to do is take away freedoms and hard won rights and tell you how to live your life-including what happens in your bedroom. And of course give away your money to the very richest of Americans and ignore the poor-their ideals are Christian but heaven forbid they live by Christian ideals.

    November 8, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Corporations R. People II

    Correct. The proper course will be to kick republicans out of office at every chance so that the middle and lower income portions of our population get their needs adressed and met.

    November 8, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Larry L

    Great idea... let's be like Mississippi! They lead the nation in poverty, obesity, ignorance and chronic illness.

    All the Republicans has worked toward is the defeat of President Obama – even if their actions have seriously harmed the American people. The President has remained the only adult in the room while Republican only obstruct progress.

    November 8, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. bilk7

    Barbour should take a good look at his own party and see the damage they have done and are doing in the House of Representatives. The country is sinking into a hole while too many GOP elected officials refuse to do what is needed to correct it. It's time for REAL Republicans to step up and take back their party from these fringe extremists who call others RINOs.

    November 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |