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Haley Barbour: ditch the social issues?

Posted in Abortion, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 9, 2010 by saynsumthn

If Republicans think that pro-lifers are going to tolerate them ditching the unborn children in their time of crisis- they are WRONG !

Wise Up Barbour- don’t make such dumb statements :

From US News and World Reports: Haley Barbour Sounds Open To 2012 Presidential Race
By Paul Bedard September 8, 2010

[Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R)] also endorsed a controversial issues truce proposed by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, another 2012 presidential possibility, who has suggested that GOP candidates dwell mostly on fiscal issues in the election and not get bogged down on social issues like abortion and gay marriage.

“The voters have on their minds the economy, jobs, spending, deficit, debt, and taxes,” he said. “Good campaigns are what’s on people’s minds,” said Barbour.

“I’ll put my bona fides up against anybody as a social conservative,” he added. “But that ain’t gonna change anybody’s vote this year because people are concerned about jobs and the economy and growth and spending and taxes. Y’all get where I’m going? But that’s what’s on people’s minds. If you run down rabbit trails, you’re using up valuable time and resources that could be used to talk about what they care about,” said Barbour.

“Do I think there’s any kind of truce or social agreement? I don’t know, but it seems to me that a whole lot more was made of that [Daniels] statement that it deserved. I thought there was less there than meets the eye,” he added.

Social conservatives, however, say they’ve pressed Daniels on the issue and he hasn’t backed off his wishes to have the economy and jobs dominate the coming elections, not social issues, though he isn’t suggesting that he will duck those.

Still, a key conservative activist who works with several anti-abortion groups said, “The Reagan coalition sits on a three legged stool, national security, free market economics, and social conservatives. The coalition only functions when all three are working together. Try to exclude or downplay one leg and the excluded folks get pretty steamed, make a lotta noise.”

That statement was made at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.