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Haley Barbour Says He Voted For Newt Gingrich
ABC ^ | March 18, 2012 | Jonathan Karl

Posted on 03/18/2012 12:18:16 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

After today’s “This Week” roundtable, I spoke more with former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour about his views on the Republican presidential race, whether he regrets not getting into the contest, and his defense of his controversial pardons before leaving office in January.

Barbour told me that he voted for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in last week’s Mississippi primary, saying, “out of friendship, I voted for Newt.”

“I didn’t endorse anybody [before the primary],” Barbour told me. “I didn’t want to try to influence anybody’s vote, so beforehand I didn’t say who I voted for. But Newt and I have been friends a long, long time.”

....The former Republican National Committee chairman said he had no regrets about not entering the GOP race himself, saying he “never had the fire in the belly” to run for president.

“I made a very conscious decision after months and months of serious deliberation,” Barbour said. “I’ve been around long enough, been in enough campaigns: You either gotta be all in or not in at all.”

If he had run, Barbour said he would have worked to keep more of the focus on President Obama’s record on the economy and deficits.

“Every time that we spend a minute not talking about Obama’s policies and the failed results of those policies, then we’re not taking advantage of our best ground,” Barbour said...........

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; gingrich2012; gopprimary; haleybarbour; kenyanbornmuzzie; mississippi; mittromney; newtgingrich; ricksantorum

1 posted on 03/18/2012 12:18:23 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That settles it then Newt will win for sure.


2 posted on 03/18/2012 12:22:42 PM PDT by itsahoot (Tag lines are a waste of bandwidth, as are my comments.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
CW, that's been the problem. The Barbours and the Palins know who the best candidate is-- and they keep their mouths shut! Thanks for nuthin', guys.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 12:24:40 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

4 posted on 03/18/2012 12:26:24 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Every time that we spend a minute not talking about Obama’s policies and the failed results of those policies, then we’re not taking advantage of our best ground,” Barbour said...........

No we would rather be squabbling about contraceptives, porn, and English in Puerto Rico. Those are the hills that real conservatives want to live or die on.

5 posted on 03/18/2012 12:27:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: itsahoot
Remember Zell Miller's book, "A National Party No More?" and how he ripped the liberals for taking over the Democratic Party?

Well, Zell Miller sees the same thing happening to the Republican Party (but not being taken over by "right wing extremists" but rather a GOP-e who has turned their back on Reagan conservatism).

"Former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller, is national co-chairman of the Newt 2012 campaign. Georgia’s current Governor, Nathan Deal, is the other co-chairman of the Newt 2012 campaign." Source

6 posted on 03/18/2012 12:27:03 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: VinL
..........and they keep their mouths shut! Thanks for nuthin', guys.

I know!!

7 posted on 03/18/2012 12:28:02 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Smart minds know


8 posted on 03/18/2012 12:38:01 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I know someone here in Florida with lots of name recognition.

They want Newt to win but they like others, will not go public.

9 posted on 03/18/2012 12:59:21 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Christie at the beach

It would seem those who owe for past favors, and those who want party backing in the future, have made a “deal” with the GOP-e.

If they won’t endorse Mitt, they must sit silent.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 1:06:08 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Newt, Haley, and Evelyn McPhail orchestrated the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress. Of course, Haley voted for Newt. I should have figured that out from Haley’s silence on the subject prior to the primary in MS. I have a hard time stomaching the idea of any of these candidates as POTUS, but Newt is the best of the ones left. He just doesn’t have the like ability factor.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 1:16:07 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour
I do not understand the slam of "not being likable." Where is that coming from?

I wonder if this revelation will move some Louisiana voters over to Newt?

12 posted on 03/18/2012 1:22:47 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow. Thanks Haley. Next time maybe you could get behind Newt before the vote. Just a thought.


13 posted on 03/18/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Since Newt has apparently lost his abilitity to recover, it is timefor him to do the right thing and bow out. If he is a part of the establishment, he will not do this, for as it now stands, he is key for Romney’s victory.


14 posted on 03/18/2012 1:27:42 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Since Newt has apparently lost his abilitity to recover, it is timefor him to do the right thing and bow out. If he is a part of the establishment, he will not do this, for as it now stands, he is key for Romney’s victory.


15 posted on 03/18/2012 1:27:42 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t think it is a slam. Newt is not warm and squishy or a shuckster. The slam is more on the shallow voters who want a president who makes them feel good. Newt comes across as an intellectual. I love that. I loved that about Dick Cheney.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 1:32:10 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Paperdoll
I guess you haven't been following the news.

If Newt gets out.....

GALLUP: ROMNEY, SANTORUM TIE AS GINGRICH VOTERS' SECOND CHOICE

17 posted on 03/18/2012 1:36:57 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: petitfour
.....I love that. I loved that about Dick Cheney.

Telling it like it is!

18 posted on 03/18/2012 1:38:02 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: petitfour

Cheney/Rumsfeld.

A ticket for the ages. Too bad they’re not so inclined and a bit too elderly now, but they would take names and kick @ss.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 1:41:25 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
NO Newt.... Obama and Unions WIN...

Romney wins... Unions win..

Santorum wins.. Unions win..

20 posted on 03/18/2012 1:41:31 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Paperdoll

If Newt bows out, Romney will probably get 40% of his support, if not more.

In a poll in NC, it showed that without Newt, the support is split about 56% Santorum, 44% Romney.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 2:35:14 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Raider Sam

Okay. the entire thing has been rigged just like in 20008. The whole presidential race has been nothing but a dog and pony show to keep our minds off what has really been going on being our backs. May God be with us all.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 2:59:47 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: ejonesie22

WTH?


23 posted on 03/18/2012 3:04:28 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for the help Hayle.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 4:35:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: petitfour

Dick Cheney was my first choice for President in 1988, he was mentioned frequently early but did not run. I voted for my second choice in the Tennessee primary, Jack Kemp. I voted absentee two weeks before the primary and Kemp had been eliminated before the Tennessee primary date.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 4:38:44 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: trappedincanuckistan
Wow. Thanks Haley. Next time maybe you could get behind Newt before the vote.

Well, Haley did, unpopularly, pardon multiple criminals from jail just before he left office, so maybe that's why he kept his fat yap shut.

26 posted on 03/18/2012 4:40:29 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: bkopto

I think you`re probably right.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 4:42:08 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Paperdoll
Since Newt has apparently lost his abilitity to recover, it is timefor him to do the right thing and bow out. If he is a part of the establishment, he will not do this, for as it now stands, he is key for Romney’s victory.

Knock it off!

Strategically, Santorum killed the only shot at taking Romney down one-on-one by pushing ahead through FL and beyond.

Mathematically it's nearly impossible for Romney to be outright beaten and it will be very difficult to stop him from clinching the nomination. However, the only strategy available to do it requires all the non-Romney's to pull voters and delegates from Romney. If any one exits now, Romney will take a substantial portion of delegates that would've stayed in the non-Romney camp.

Santorum's the establishment tool, happy to "take one for the team" throughout his senate career all while betraying his so-called "conservative" values.

28 posted on 03/18/2012 6:07:49 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: VinL

Maybe they’re afraid. This is why Newt needs us “WITH” him, not “FOR” him. It’s entirely the right attitude to have. No president can “do it alone” and it’s clear high profile people who like Newt enough to vote or him have been shy.


29 posted on 03/18/2012 6:31:23 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Former Georgia Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller, is national co-chairman of the Newt 2012 campaign.”

I did not know that. I am glad it is so although I remember all the times I rolled my eyes in disgust back in the days when he was Ole Zig Zag Zell.


30 posted on 03/18/2012 6:37:47 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Haley Barbour also knows that Santorum voted AGAINST diverting money from the bridge to nowhere to Katrina victims.

That may cost Santorum a few votes

31 posted on 03/18/2012 6:41:28 PM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I didn’t even know that Haley knows Two-State Newt, and I thought Haley was for Romney all along. I bet he is now for Romney when it counts.


32 posted on 03/18/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT by Theodore R. (I'm pretty sure the American people will again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Theodore R.

This is the problem with Santos supporters thy are illiterate on the history of the GOP. Who the hell do you think orchestrated the takeover on congress in the 90s and who was the RNC chairman that delivered it??


33 posted on 03/18/2012 8:29:26 PM PDT by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: Christie at the beach

If they wanted Newt to win, then they would have said something. Like most politicians, and common folk— they are more concerned about what others may say, rather than standing for the right thing.

Doing the “right thing” is pretty easy. It just usually sucks.


34 posted on 03/18/2012 8:41:39 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Zell is one of the people I would most dearly love to hear speak at a brokered convention. I personally know of more than one lifelong Democrat who voted Republican for the first time in their lives after hearing Zell speak at the 2004 convention.


35 posted on 03/18/2012 9:02:37 PM PDT by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: newzjunkey

Explain how you know that Santorum is the Establishment’s tool. I am more afraid of Jeb Bush than I am of Rick santorum. And if e there is a brokered convention, Bush could be a major threat. I really am not a strong fan of anyone still running.

Meanwhile back at the White House..........


36 posted on 03/18/2012 11:40:33 PM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Caught John McCain sliming Newt by referring to Adelson’s $20million dirty money.

He is a despicable, envious old fool who has done more damage to the conservative cause while aiding and abetting the socialist Dem agenda.


37 posted on 03/19/2012 4:15:47 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: sodpoodle

Makes me SICK that these politicians come out AFTER the fact to lend their support. Thanks a heap.

Same goes for Palin.

I think, lately, they all stink.

I pray Newt stays put, right where he is.


38 posted on 03/19/2012 5:45:14 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: VinL

Sarah Palin pointedly refused to endorse Gingrich.


39 posted on 03/20/2012 12:17:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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