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Election Report notes “inappropriate voter assistance” in 2012

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Last week Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released the report on the conduct of the 2012 elections in Mississippi.

From the press release:

The report also details Election Day issues noted by our Agency and the forty observers sent to forty counties across the State.

Some of those issues include:

• Distributing and receiving ballots for emergency responders;
• Inappropriate voter assistance, “too many to count” in one instance;
• Campaigning too close to the polls;
• A failure of some counties to timely certify their elections; and,
• Lack of signage.

Here are the issues from the report. Inappropriate voter assistance continues to be a problem and the report singles out Calhoun, Neshoba and Walthall Counties. (Emphasis below is mine):

A few parking areas at polling locations were reported to be unpaved, making access for the disabled difficult. Observers noted that some polling places were too small or overcrowded, such as the Main, Highway 9 and Bruce #3 precincts in Calhoun County, resulting in less privacy in the voting process and a violation of the thirty foot (30’) rule. This problem also presented itself at precincts located within courthouses, as experienced by voters of the East Vaiden precinct in Carroll County

At least one (1) precinct in each of the following counties was missing at least one (1) sign and/or posting required by the Help America Vote Act and/or Mississippi law: Adams, Amite, Attala, Calhoun, Carroll, Claiborne, Holmes, Hinds, Jasper, Jefferson, Kemper, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Marshall, Montgomery, Noxubee, Pontotoc, Quitman, Walthall, Washington and Webster.

Observers noted an absence of instructions provided to voters casting an affidavit/provisional ballot in at least one (1) precinct in Attala, Claiborne, Holmes, Humphreys, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Leake, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee, Perry and Walthall Counties.

A voter was allowed to enter the East Vaiden precinct in Carroll County and cast her ballot while wearing a tee-shirt supporting a presidential candidate, while others in Claiborne County were actively campaigning in a driveway leading to the entrance of Precinct 3A. The Secretary of State’s Office received numerous complaints on Election Day of a particular candidate’s campaign providing completed sample ballots to voters as each entered polling places in several counties,which included Holmes and Hinds Counties, in violation of the 150’ foot rule and the 30’ foot rule.

Election Day observers noted curbside voting taking place in a number of polling places visited within the counties, and proper procedures were followed by the poll managers. However, at least one observer noted an unusually high number of curbside voters, seventeen (17) at Precinct 94 in Hinds County between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Inappropriate voter assistance was noted by observers in polling places located in more than one-half of the forty (40) counties, meaning that poll managers were offering assistance to voters who did not request assistance and/or articulate a statutory reason for requiring assistance. Of significance were the notes of the observer in Calhoun County, who wrote that the number of voters assisted in one precinct were “too many to count”; the observer in Neshoba County who counted 68 voters assisted, with 25 having requested assistance and only one (1) voter actually articulating a statutory reason for requiring assistance; and the observer in Walthall County who counted 33 voters assisted between 8:10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., with 1 having requested assistance and only 1 articulating a statutory reason for requiring assistance.

MS Dem at DNC: No Team America helping Obama; Obamacare not socialistic enough

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A couple of Mississippians have already made the news in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention.  One laments that there is no Team America helping President Obama with the economy (and of course, the economy is Bush’s fault) while sporting a fantastic outfit.  Another wants - like Republicans - to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Unlike Republicans, she wants it to be more socialistic.

In this video from Florida Watch Dog, Hilda Wiltz of Louisiana kicks off the video saying you can’t blame President Obama or for that matter anyone for the economy. “You can’t blame it on anybody. Blame it on the weather,” says Wiltz.

Then comes Kelly Jacobs from Mississippi who blames George W. Bush. Jacobs is sporting a Labor Day Parade dress she made. She says the front welcomes home the troops for “the wonderful service they did” and the back is a message on immigration and Native Americans (perhaps a treat for Elizabeth Warren). Jacobs says the problem with Obama and the economy is that, “There is no Team America trying to help him.” Watch Jacobs from 1:13 to 2:17.

Jacobs also gives a different interview in Spanish.

Jacobs is getting plenty of attention. She is profiled by which describes the various dresses (Flag Dress; Peace and Ole Miss; Obama Caftan) she made as well as her hat.

Of her sequined dress she says: “It’s a nod to Obama’s heritage, because he is just as white as he is black. There are 6,000 sequins on the dress, 3,000 black ones and 3,000 white ones. And that is also reversible.”

And about her hat:

She pairs each of the four dresses with a red sequined hat covered in more than 20 pro-Obama and pro-Democrat pins. The pièce de résistance is a plastic, shirtless Obama giving a thumbs up.

“This hat is so heavy,”Jacobs sighed. “And let me tell you, it is hard to make sure ’surfing Obama’ doesn’t fall over.”

She explains, “I’m here to support the president, and I try to support him with my outfits. Politics can be such a drag. I think this keeps it exciting.”

Amen, sister.

Another Mississippian named Jaribu Hill says she supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) but wants to “ultimately replace it with something more socialistic.”

Jaribu Hill, executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, in Greenville, Miss., told MedPage Today that she comes from a region where there are very few healthcare resources. “Most people can’t afford the health insurance that their employers offer … Most people are uninsured and they use the emergency room for healthcare. We want that to change; we want the power put in the hands of those who suffer the most.”

Like Benjamin, Hill said that although she supports the Affordable Care Act, she’d like to see something even more comprehensive. However, “while we’re considering how we would make constructive criticisms to it and even ultimately replace it with something more socialistic and more inclusive, I’m in favor of it because it’s a stopgap measure for now.”

Hill also had a message for the convention delegates: “Democrats have a lot to learn about supporting working peoples’ struggles … If you think that you can just come, and have your caucuses, and your keynote speeches, and your cocktail parties, without us saying something to you, you’re dead wrong.”

Paul Ryan Speech Preview - Look Back at 2011 State of the Union Response

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate has given Mitt Romney a positive bump in swing states, increased his numbers in young voters and very importantly, fired up the conservative base.  For conservatives itching to hear Paul Ryan speak at the Republican National Convention, a look back at his response to President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address is worth a watch or read.

Ryan’s delivery has improved over the past year.  But I suspect some of these themes in his response speech will find their way into his convention speech.

Here are a few excerpts from his 2011 response:

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us. They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

We believe government’s role is both vital and limited — to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders … to protect innocent life … to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked — and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative — not political clout — determines who succeeds.

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That’s the real secret to job creation — not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation. In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America. The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Rage Against the Ryan Machine

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

I enjoy Rage Against the Machine. Rage and I both love freedom. I see freedom in removing government barriers that prevent individual success and personal enjoyment of life. Rage sees freedom in calling for people to seize the means of production. I see America as the land of the free, which according to Rage lyrics make me their enemy. I enjoy the music and the passion, but we go down different ideological paths. I’m not alone. Rage has sold millions of records (what’s a record?) but not everyone buying “Rage Against the Machine” or “Evil Empire” or “The Battle of Los Angeles” or “Renegades” is actually a revolutionary liberation Marxist. A lot of their fans were middle class kids who bought the music in a shopping mall off the shelf next to R.E.M. and Roxette.

You can enjoy art without adhering to the philosophy of the artist. I can appreciate a painting by Claude Monet without denying the ability to know an object itself. I’ll buy a ticket to see Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, marvel at his stunts, yet I don’t plan to convert to Scientology.

For Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, apparently, if you don’t agree with an artist you don’t understand the artist. Apparently one of those non-Marxist kids like me who now has Rage on his I-Pod is Republican Vice Presidential pick Paul Ryan. Morello writes about his rage against Paul Ryan in Rolling Stone:

Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.

Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.

But Rage’s music affects people in different ways. Some tune out what the band stands for and concentrate on the moshing and throwing elbows in the pit. For others, Rage has changed their minds and their lives. Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.

While reading Morello’s rant and lamenting it lacks the poetic passion of Rage lyrics, I was reminded of one of my favorite pieces from The Onion – “Where Are You Now, When We Need You Most, Rage Against The Machine?” from 2004. Morello’s harrangue is a case of life imitating art imitating art.

You lifted the nation’s youth up out of the mire and taught us to question, to act. Rage Against The Machine, come back. Bring us more slamming riffs and sonic wallop. Bring us more shredding and axing. Do that thing where you make your guitar sound like bagpipes.

Seriously, we need a healthy dose of your cuttin’, or Bush will win. It’s Vietnow, man, and just like you said before, America’s getting its news-trients from the likes of Benito Hannity and Adolf Limbaugh. We need a musical antidote to the poison. This nation needs another bomb track to ignite it! We are lost, Rage Against The Machine. Where have you gone? The voice of the voiceless is silent.

Surely Zack has ample material for new songs. This empire couldn’t be any more evil. What about Abu Ghraib? If ever anyone was sleeping in the fire, it was those prisoners. Zack, if you’re listening, if you’re reading this—we need you.

And where are you, Tom, Tim, and Brad? You bravely stood up for the dispossessed of the Third World, but in the current political climate, we are dispossessed in our own country. The erosion of our rights and liberties makes captives of us all. Do you no longer care? Did the machine defeat you?

I love the Onion. Maybe to Morello’s point, I don’t understand the Onion, but I do fully enjoy it. If you don’t like cuss words, don’t read the Onion, but if you don’t mind the occasional crude term, you might enjoy this letter “by” Paul Ryan to Democrats from the Onion last week: “Admit It, I Scare The Ever-Loving S*** Out of You, Don’t I?

It’s okay to admit it. You’re frightened to death of me. It might actually be healthy for you to face your fears now rather than later, when Mitt and I are leading by a few points in the polls and it looks like this thing might end badly for you. Face it: I’m not some catastrophe waiting to happen, like a Sarah Palin or a Dan Quayle. On the contrary, you have the exact opposite fear. I’m a solid, competent, some might say exceptional, politician.

Did you get nervous when you read that last sentence? Is it because you know in your heart of hearts that it’s 100 percent true? Is it because, even if you strongly disagree with my beliefs on Medicare, Social Security, women’s rights, and marriage equality, you know my talent as a speaker and my well-thought-out approach to these issues—no matter how radical and convoluted you find them—might just be enough to win over independent voters?

Do you get chills just thinking about how strong my appeal actually is?

I have another question for you: How scared are you that I can convince people I’m right? Because I’m good at it. No, I’m really good at it. You see, I know how to turn up the charm and charisma without putting people off. Then I back up what I’m saying with arguments that, when they come out of my mouth, sound completely accurate and well-reasoned. And I do it with such passion that people automatically recognize me as a man with deep convictions he will stand up for, no matter what.

In 2000, Rage Against the Machine supported Ralph Nader’s Green Party campaign for president against the “Republicrats” (George W. Bush and Al Gore). During the primary that year, Michael Moore took a traveling mosh pit through Iowa offering the endorsement of “The Awful Truth” to any candidate that jumped into the pit slamming to the sounds of Rage. Alan Keyes, the guy who six years later would be creamed in a U.S. Senate campaign by a state legislator named Barack Obama, did it. Moore went on to direct a video for Rage resulting in the lock down of the New York Stock Exchange. Those was all frivolous shenanigans, not exactly working “tirelessly for a more humane and just planet.” Perhaps Michael Moore was directing and moshing when he should have been listening.

In this presidential election, Republicans might paraphrase lyrics from Rage, “Paul Ryan is relentless. We need a movement with a quickness. You are the witness of change and to counteract, we gotta take the power back.”

Much of the country is ready for change from the Obama Administration.  That has folks like Morello raging against the Ryan machine.

Hat-tip to Red Alert Politics for “Tom Morello’s misguided rage” and hat-tip to @KarlRove for Tweeting that last bit from the Onion.

How Mitt Romney could win Mississippi

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In Mississippi, Mitt Romney is the underdog. The Mississippi-Alabama primaries (some are calling the Sweet Tea Primary) have been called “an away game” for the former Massachusetts governor - especially when competing against Georgia native Newt Gingrich. A second place win with a portion of the delegates (Mississippi delegate primer) in both states would be a victory for Romney. But he has a chance for a major upset.

But first, a quick look at the other campaigns. (Also, my column last week shared some of the thoughts of grassroots leaders from the Gingrich, Santorum and Romney campaigns - Madison County Journal: “Tuesday will be super in Mississippi“.)

Newt Gingrich has strong ties to the leadership of Rankin County which is the most influential county in Mississippi’s Republican Primary. He also has ties to a number of folks who worked with him while he was Speaker of the House and Trent Lott was Senate Majority Leader. Gingrich speaks Mississippian. Two months ago he would have won the state out right. His primary strategy and fundraising strategy requires wins in Mississippi and Alabama to carry him toward the Texas Primary where Governor Rick Perry has endorsed him. If he only wins one state, I suspect he continues. If Newt Gingrich fails to place first in either state, his campaign will really need to evaluate whether or not to continue. If he does not win Mississippi and Alabama, I’m not sure what case he makes to carry on. (I share similar thoughts in this piece in The Hill: “Gingrich campaign’s survival depends on Tuesday’s Deep South GOP primaries“.)

If Gingrich loses and gets out, then Santorum could really benefit. Santorum will then be head to head (with some folks going for Ron Paul) against Romney. A great night for Santorum would be losses for Gingrich, but wins for himself. He appeals to the evangelical voters in Mississippi and Alabama, along with homeschool moms and the prolife community.

But Mitt Romney has a chance to win Mississippi.

First he has endorsements from Republican leaders in the state: Senator Thad Cochran, Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Auditor Stacey Pickering, Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and a number of state legislators and local officials including Senator Merle Flowers from DeSoto County (Memphis suburbs and vital GOP Primary county) and Senate Pro Tem Terry Brown from Lowndes County (Golden Triangle area: Columbus, Starkville, West Point). Add to that the celebrity redneck endorsement by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Second, Romney’s team has campaign county chairmen doing grassroots work in each of the top twenty Republican counties in the state that account for more than three-quarters of all GOP primary votes.

But finally, Mississippi has a strong history of supporting the national frontrunner in the Republican Presidential Primary. Granted, usually by the time Magnolia State voters go to the polls, the presumptive nominee has been chosen and the primary is simply an endorsement: 2008 John McCain with 78.9%; 2000 George W. Bush with 87.9%; 1996 Bob Dole with 60.3%; 1988 with George H.W. Bush 66.0%. If Mississippi Republicans determine that Romney will be the nominee, they might get behind his inevitable campaign and support him. Further, many Republicans are ready for the primary to be over and fear extending it will only hurt the GOP chances in November. While I disagree (my blog post here), many voters in Mississippi are ready to get behind one candidate and begin the general election, and that helps Romney as well.

Despite the polls (post here), I don’t expect Mitt Romney to win first place in either Alabama or Mississippi; but if Republicans in the Sweet Tea Primary decide they’re ready for the primary to be over and begin the campaign against President Obama, then they just might transform the frontrunner Romney into the presumptive Republican nominee.

Mississippi Primary Delegate Primer

Monday, March 12th, 2012

This past Saturday awarded 66 delegates from Guam, Kansas, Northern Marianas Islands and the Virgin Islands. Romney took all 9 from Guam; all 9 from NMI; and took 7 from the Virgin Islands with Ron Paul claiming 1 there as well. Santorum won big in Kansas with 33 delegates, but Romney took 7 from Kansas as well. That puts the new AP delegate total at 454 for Romney, 217 for Santorum, 107 for Gingrich and 47 for Paul.

The Dixie-Island Primary on March 13 posts another 119 delegates: 50 from Alabama, 40 from Mississippi; 20 from Hawaii; 9 from American Samoa.

Mississippi’s 40 delegates will be awarded as explained on the Mississippi Republican Party web site:

Mississippi has a total of 40 delegates to award. A candidate needs 1,144 to secure the Republican nomination. Of the 40 total delegates, 3 are from the RNC (MSGOP Chairman, RNC committeeman, RNC committeewoman), 12 are from the four Congressional Districts (3 each), and 25 are At-Large.

The At-Large delegate allocation is proportional, but a candidate must get 15 percent before they are awarded any delegates. If a candidate wins a majority of the vote (50 percent plus 1), they will receive all 25 At-Large delegates. The same rules apply for the delegates awarded by Congressional Districts.

A few notes on delegates:

–Mississippi’s RNC National Committeeman Henry Barbour has already pledged his support and delegate vote to Mitt Romney.

–Be sure to watch Mississippi’s Second Congressional District. That district gets 3 delegates just like the others, but it is a strong Democratic district with many independents likely choosing to vote in the Democratic Primary between incumbent Congressman Bennie Thompson and former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson. Expect lower Republican turnout in that district, but the delegates count just as much.

–If Gingrich, Romney and Santorum each run within a few points of each other, it is very unlikely that Ron Paul can win any delegates from Mississippi.

GOP Presidential Primary Polls in Mississippi

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Rasmussen Reports - Statewide telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters shows Mitt Romney with 35% of the vote, while Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich each draw support from 27%. Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with six percent (6%). One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. (Survey of 750 Likely Republican Primary Voters was conducted on March 8, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.)

American Research Group - Mitt Romney leads the Mississippi Republican presidential primary with 34%. Romney is followed by Newt Gingrich with 32%, Rick Santorum with 22%, and Ron Paul with 8%. In a similar survey conducted March 7-8, 2012, Gingrich was leading Romney 35% to 31%. (Survey of 600 likely Republican primary voters conducted March 10-11, 2012.)

Public Policy Polling - Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul. (The PPP poll used automated telephone interviews on March 10-11 to survey 1,256 likely Republican voters in Mississippi and Alabama. The poll sampling error for Mississippi is 3.8%.)

The Positives of a Protracted GOP Primary

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Many conservatives complain to me about the length of the Republican Presidential Primary. I think it is a good thing, and not just to attract the leading candidates to Mississippi this week.

Folks tell me Republicans have had too many debates; they’re beating each other up; and this contest has gone way too long.

More than twenty debates have provided Republicans the opportunity to argue and exchange ideas on their side of the political spectrum. Millions of viewers have tuned in to hear different candidates – all on the center-right side of American politics – debate the issues of our country. Republicans who complain the mainstream media does not give them equal time during primetime or national news should rejoice at the number of debates and demand more. The Democrats are not getting that time for their issues; Obama is not on stage (except while being attacked) during any of those debates.

Vibrant disagreement within a party, partnered with unity after the primary, describes the historic nature of both major parties in the United States with this year being no different. Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all were targeted with vitriolic and passionate attacks within their own parties before securing their nominations. A healthy primary vets the candidates, releases opposition research early and trains the eventual nominee to handle the attacks, debates and criticisms he will eventually meet in the general election anyway.

If Republicans had picked their nominee in January, today they would be splitting political coverage with Obama. We would be talking about the Obama Administration, the Republican House, the Democratic Senate, and the Republican nominee – maybe in that order. Certainly, once a nominee is selected, Republicans will want to talk about the Obama Administration because this election will be in large part a referendum on his policies and achievements (or lack of) while in office. But right now the focus and attention – millions of dollars in free media – is on the Republican side. For conservatives, that is not a bad thing. This primary forces candidates to begin organizing their state operations in the spring, for a general election in the fall.

While those are good things for Republicans, some still wonder if the failure to pick a nominee early indicates a weak field. In reality, it indicates neither strength nor weakness. This extended primary is a result of a rule change in delegate allocation by the Republican National Committee prohibiting early states from using a “winner takes all” process. Was that a poor decision, pushing the intraparty fight deeper into the calendar? Just four years ago, Mississippi’s primary mattered on the Democratic side. Obama and Hillary Clinton were still fighting it out when Mississippi went to vote and that did not appear to hurt Obama in the least.

When Republicans settle on their nominee, they’ll have plenty of time to unify, promote the nominee and attack President Obama. Until then, all eyes are on the Republican Party and that is not a bad thing.

Haley Barbour says no to Presidential campaign

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Governor Haley Barbour announced today he will not be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He would have been a strong candidate and a great President, but I understand his decision. I know he will continue to be a strong advocate for good conservative policies and a powerful voice for the election of Republicans nationwide. Here is his full statement:

“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.

“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both to give and raise money for a presidential campaign. Many volunteers have organized events in support of my pursuing the race. Some have dedicated virtually full time to setting up preliminary organizations in critical, early states and to helping plan what has been several months of intensive activity.

“I greatly appreciate each and every one of them and all their outstanding efforts. If I have disappointed any of them in this decision, I sincerely regret it.

“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else. His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.

“This decision means I will continue my job as Governor Mississippi, my role in the Republican Governors Association and my efforts to elect a new Republican president in 2012, as the stakes for the nation require that effort to be successful.”

National Journal Interview with Haley Barbour

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

In case you missed it, here is the recent video interview of Governor Haley Barbour by National Journal.  He discusses the current political climate and how it compares to 1994 when he was RNC Chairman, the state of debate on health care reform, the creation of the center-right think tank “America’s Action Network” to be headed by former Senator Norm Coleman, the stimulus, and Barbour as the “anti-Obama” in 2012.

On running for President, Barbour says, “When those elections [2010] are over I’m going to see if there’s anything to think about.  I think the liklihood of me running for president is not very high. But there’s no use in even thinking about it until after November and one of the reasons is I want to set an example for people in our party. Any Republican who isn’t focused on 2010 doesn’t have his eye on the ball.”

Also, here is a recent column authored by Governor Barbour in the Washington Post regarding Toyota: “U.S. owes Toyota fair, careful treatment on safety issues”

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