CBS's Smith to Haley Barbour: 1994 GOP Win 'Didn't End So Well'
Published: 11/1/2010 11:52 AM ET
In an interview with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith was already predicting failure if the GOP won control of Congress: "1994 was an important year for Republicans....Some people would say that didn't end so well for the Republicans, especially with the stalemated government. Have you any concerns that that might happen again?"
Barbour, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association, shot back: "It's going to be up to the President. I think the Republicans are going to hear the people very plainly, 'cut out all this spending, don't raise our taxes. Focus on job creation, economic growth.' What's the President going to hear? And I can't answer that."
Earlier in the interview, Smith was incredulous of a Republican pledge to cut spending in the new Congress: "One of the promises is they're going to cut $100 billion out of the budget in this first year. Is that really possible?" Barbour cited significant spending cuts in state governments as evidence: "$100 billion is less than 3% of the federal budget. In Mississippi, our appropriations this year are 13.3% below where they were two years ago....In Virginia, they've just cut their spending by billions of dollars. I mean, the idea that the federal government can't save 3%, the American people know better than that."
-Kyle Drennen is a news analyst at the Media Research Center. You can follow him on Twitter here.