Barbour: GOP "had some sh*tty candidates"

"We pissed away two seats," the former Mississippi governor said

By Jillian Rayfield
Published November 9, 2012 9:52PM (EST)
 Haley Barbour speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. in February, 2011.        (Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore)
Haley Barbour speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. in February, 2011. (Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore)

Haley Barbour, the former RNC chairman and former governor of Mississippi, said that Republicans shouldn't take Tuesday night's election results as a sign that they are too conservative.

"What Republicans do wrong, the media says, is they're conservatives," Barbour told Ben Smith of BuzzFeed. "It was a very, very close election. Obama won by two points. Fewer people voted than last time."

He continued that Republicans "do have to do some things to fix this," but added that it also came down to who was running. "We had some sh*tty candidates," he said. "We pissed away two seats."

 


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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