Barbour: Christie Surge Not Reflection on GOP Field

Sunday, 02 Oct 2011 01:01 PM

By Amy Woods

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Chris Christie’s potential bid for president is not a reflection of the Republican Party’s dissatisfaction with the current field of candidates.

“I think it’s a token of the regard that people have for Chris Christie,” Barbour said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is more an effect of people liking Christie.”

Barbour said he has “no idea” whether the New Jersey governor is going to join the race.

When asked by host Candy Crowley whether any of the GOP contenders has a “fatal flaw,” he said no.

“You could name three fatal flaws that Jimmy Carter had in 1975, or that Bill Clinton had in 1991,” he said. “At the end of the day, the election next year will be a referendum on the presidency of Barack Obama. I don't think any of our candidates have a fatal flaw, but certainly none of them is perfect.”

He blamed the news media for hyping certain issues, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s liberal stance on tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants.

“The news media wants the primaries to be decided this week,” Barbour said, adding 90 percent of the election “is still in front of us.”

“Today’s headlines are tomorrow’s fish wrappers,” he said.

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