Corrected: Republican Leader Henry Barbour Calls Obama A Socialist
Is this the more inclusive tone that Reince Priebus has been talking about?
Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, a top GOP strategist and one of the authors of the Republican National Committee’s detailed plan to help the party reboot, used the term about the president during a conversation with The Hill about the GOP’s need to improve its primary process.
“If we want to focus on a handful of issues and try to impact some primaries and lose the generals, that’s really not going to effect public policy. We all want to make America strong economically and militarily and every other way but you can’t do that if you’re not in office,” Barbour told The Hill. “We’ve got a socialist in office right now — how’s that working for us?”
He defended the language when asked if that was one of the terms the GOP should be avoiding.
“I don’t care. I mean, look, I think he’s a socialist. I’m not saying he doesn’t love our country,” said Barbour, the nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “No, I don’t care.”
(We corrected an earlier version that said Haley Barbour had made the comment.)