Haley Barbour criticizes DeMint for not supporting Boehner

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) criticized the Tea Party wing of the GOP on Tuesday for failing to get behind Republican leadership on a deficit plan.

“Our people have to understand that we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Barbour said.

Barbour said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had shown “courage” in the deficit debate by agreeing to compromise in order to raise the debt ceiling.

“In politics, purity is a dead-dog loser,” he said. “We cannot go out with the idea that we’re going to be pure, or we’re going to do nothing.”

The Hill
7/26/11