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Barbour: What's changed? President Obama's policies

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a presence on the campaign trail with fellow Republican Robert F. McDonnell, said Virginia's former attorney general ran an issue-oriented campaign -- but he also emphasized the importance President Obama played in the race.

"First of all, you got a great candidate in Bob McDonnell. But four years ago he and Creigh Deeds ran a dead heat," he said. "What do I think has changed? President Obama's agenda and the policies of the Democratic majority are very unpopular here in Virginia, too...That's been critically important."

Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, also said McDonnell has been focusing on the issues most affecting Virginia voters, namely taxes and transportation.

By Derek Kravitz  |  November 3, 2009; 7:06 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Any candidate that sought out help from Haley Barbour would not get my vote. Barbour is such a slimy lifelong insider and political hack. If you want to run as a Republican that represents Virginia first and foremost, why do you campaign with a Mississippi politician and former head of the RNC? Why not surround yourself with Virginians and people outside the beltway?

Posted by: m_guszak | November 3, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

President Obama's agenda and the policies of the Democratic majority are very unpopular here in Virginia, too...That's been critically important."

Which of Obama's agenda and policies have changed?

Posted by: demtse | November 3, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Why do you just publish Barbour's completely erroneous statements without comment?

Exit polls showed that Obama was a negative issue to a WHOPPING 24% of voters. 55% said he was NOT an issue.

And I say this as one who is NOT a fan of Obama even though I voted for him. But I'm so tired of the Bushington Post publishing repug lies.

Posted by: solsticebelle | November 3, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Barbour is a old party crone, but in this case he is right. The big poll number right now is the one asking whether the country is heading in the right direction, and according to Rasmussen only 33% do as of Oct. 28.

Obama's chief problem is that he's spent the last four months chasing health care when the country is focused on the economy. And for all the money he has collected and spent the unemployment rate keeps inching up. If he doesn't turn that number around by the midterms, his administration is over.

Like it or not the size of the blowout in Virginia is an early indicator. Can Obama turn the corner? Can he show a Clinton-esque comeback? Dick Morris, who brought Clinton back from the brink, doesn't believe he will. He thinks the Obama administration will stay hard left and as a result the independents will jump ship.

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