Barbour’s mixed messaging on social-issue ‘truce’ can’t last long

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has a decision to make, and it’s not just about running for president.

Barbour must decide whether to embrace Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’s call for Republicans to agree to a truce on social issues.

Over the past year, Barbour has repeatedly sent mixed signals on whether he believes in a truce. The mixed messages continued at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he told one pro-life group that social issues matter, but opined to a conservative magazine that “purity is not a winner in politics.”

The Hill
2/16/11