Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has some harsh words for lawmakers in Washington D.C. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday, the Republican referred to Washington as “constipated.”
“For governors who get paid to do things, you know, it really is concerning that Washington’s just constipated. I mean there’s just nothing else you can say about it. The president doesn’t lead. The Republicans, I thought, really did themselves a lot of damage. The Democrats are not interested in working together. And there’s nothing to recommend it right now,” said Barbour.
In the years following his high profile governorship of Mississippi, Barbour has called for Republicans to take a more moderate platform in order to stay relevant. He targeted Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in his comments because of his role in the government shutdown over Obamacare.
“The real shame of it was for three weeks we kept Obamacare off the headlines,” Barbour said. “The terrible roll out got masked by the fact that the Republicans were up there shutting the government down, threatening the default when the leaders of that, Ted Cruz particularly, said on television we know that strategy is not going to work. That’s what baffled guys like me and many, many, many Republicans,” said Barbour.
When asked about the future of the GOP, Barbour pointed to Republican governors as the new leaders of the party.
“If you look at governors and their records of success, whether it’s Scott Walker, John Kasich — Rick Perry from Texas has had a fantastic run. And that’s where we are actually in control,” the former governor noted.
Barbour had particularly kind words for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, saying the New Jersey Republican, who is widely considered one of the leading candidates for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, is a great example of a bipartisan governor.
“Christie’s been very successful in a blue state. He is not liberal. He’s conservative. He’s more conservative than Romney, but he’s not as conservative as Haley Barbour, that’s for sure,” Barbour said. “I think the guy has got real potential and such huge advantage for him to be in the New York media market. He has seen so much more than the governor of, you know, Louisiana or the governor of Wisconsin. And we’ll just see. He’s clearly in the field as a serious candidate, and he should be.”
Christie’s presidential ambitions have been in the spot-light since Double Down: Game Change 2012 alleged that he was not chosen as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate because of issues with weight.