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    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour won't say if he's running for president in 2012, but he's already working to shape the narrative around a potential bid, especially when it comes to issues like race and his background as a former lobbyist.

    In an interview with the Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson, the GOP governor offers up some provocative comments about growing up in the racially charged deep South in the 1960s. By Barbour's account, things weren't "that bad" in his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi, which escaped some of the violence other nearby towns suffered during the civil rights movement.

    "I just don't remember it as being that bad," Barbour, who was in high school at the time, tells Ferguson. "I remember Martin Luther King came to town, in '62. He spoke out at the old fairgrounds and it was full of people, black and white."

    Barbour, who was 15 at the time, says he attended the rally because he wanted to hear what King had to say but ended up spending most of the time talking to his friends. "The truth is, we couldn't hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery. We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do," Barbour tells Ferguson. "We paid more attention to the girls than to King."

    Asked why Yazoo City was more peaceful than other parts of the South, Barbour offers credit to the Citizens Council, a controversial group that has been likened by its critics to the Ku Klux Klan. But Barbour says this critique is unfair and that the group actually cracked down on the KKK.

    "In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town," Barbour says. "If you had a job, you'd lose it. If you had a store, they'd see nobody shopped there. We didn't have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City."

    But Think Progress's Matthew Yglesias suggests Barbour is presenting a revisionist history on race, noting that historians have described the Citizens Council as a racist organization that also worked to intimidate people who signed on to NAACP petitions at the time. A Barbour spokesman defended Barbour's comments, telling TPMDC's Eric Kleefeld that Barbour was addressing "the business community in Yazoo City" and was not talking about the group's history as a movement.

    Meanwhile, Barbour also addresses another issue sure to come up if he decides to make a 2012 run: his background as a highly paid Washington lobbyist. He argues that rather than serving as a detriment to public service, his time as a lobbyist should actually be viewed as a plus for anybody that has designs on the presidency.

    'The first thing a president's going to have to do when he takes his hand off the Bible is start lobbying," the governor says. "He's going to need to lobby Congress. He's going to need to lobby the bureaucracy. He's going to need to lobby the governors. He's going to need to lobby our allies and our international competitors. And I'm a pretty good lobbyist."

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    Of course he wouldn't....He's white. I'll bet if you ask a black person from that time and era, you would get a different opinion. What an ass.

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    For pete's sake, I cannot believe the audacity of this person to make such claims. As a Black woman who grew up in that era, a teenager when Dr. King was active, I resent anyone who takes the civil rights movement lightly. It's like the well-fed not understanding the pain of hunger. What an idiot!
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    Haha.... Haley Barbour is the equivalent of scum. If the Republican challenger is Haley Barbour or Sarah Palin the US will tank even faster than the economists project. If either of them get the Republican nomination, than Obama REALLY needs to win re-election.

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    Good try troll, but you won't find any Barbour defenders here.



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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Good try troll, but you won't find any Barbour defenders here.
    You don't know that. They could be on here.

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    Yes, we have loads of racism apologists just waiting to be baited by a troll like yourself. Come out, come out where ever you are........



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    This dude is such a crooked fucking scumbag, so out of touch with reality its pathetic.
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    This dude has always rubbed me the wrong way.

    Oh and he is a lying sack of shit about the Citizen's Counsel. The full name of that organization (like back in his day) was The White Citizen's Counsel.

    So if he is contemplating running for President now, uh, he will have some explaining to do later on down the line with a thing or two.

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    He reminds me of old school southern politicians. Not to excuse him but at least he's honest...something we can't say about most politicians these days.

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    I went down south in 1962 when I was 12. I come from Winnipeg, Canada. There were VERY few blacks then or now in Winnipeg. My father owned a plastering Company and one of his friends was a black guy who also owned a plastering Company. This wasn't a "I have a black best friend" guy either. When we moved to California he and his wife twice came to visit. The point is I never thought much about race one way or the other until we his down south. I will NEVER go back and never want to. My eyes were opened so wide and I was so sad and disappointed in what I saw, I have a hard time to this day even listening to a Southern accent. We drove all the way to New Orleans and were there for 6 weeks. Yuck. Disgusting how man treats there fellow man.
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    It's been almost 50 years, I think quite a bit has changed in the south since 1962. I've heard a rumour they desegregated.



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    Yeah because we still burn crosses and have separate water fountains in the south right? Yeah racism and bigotry still exists here, but it exists EVERYWHERE else too. I cannot tell you how ignorant it is to think that every person "with a southern accent" is a hateful racist. Isn't it in the same vein to hate people with a southern accent as it is to hate people of another race? Not the same, I know, but its unfounded hate all the same.

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    I know where Haley is coming from. For example, I don't think World War II was all that bad. I've watched a bunch of episodes of "Hogan's Heroes" and everything, and it seem like everyone was having a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana51 View Post
    I went down south in 1962 when I was 12. I come from Winnipeg, Canada. There were VERY few blacks then or now in Winnipeg. My father owned a plastering Company and one of his friends was a black guy who also owned a plastering Company. This wasn't a "I have a black best friend" guy either. When we moved to California he and his wife twice came to visit. The point is I never thought much about race one way or the other until we his down south. I will NEVER go back and never want to. My eyes were opened so wide and I was so sad and disappointed in what I saw, I have a hard time to this day even listening to a Southern accent. We drove all the way to New Orleans and were there for 6 weeks. Yuck. Disgusting how man treats there fellow man.



    A lot has changed in the American South since 1962, man!

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