Haley Barbour speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. in February, 2011. (Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore)

Barbour: GOP "had some sh*tty candidates"

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


Jillian Rayfield
November 10, 2012 2:52AM (UTC)

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."

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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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