Barbour Scolds Schieffer for His Akin Obsession

B SCHIEFFER: Haley Barbour, you’ve been to a lot of these things. You were a chair of the party at one point. Do you somehow feel like Republicans just can’t seem to get a break these last couple of weeks. We had these Congressmen I just talked about, swimming around in the Sea of Galilee and then this fella Akin comes along with this bizarre twist on abortion and all of that. And then the weather hits. Can you get it back?

HALEY BARBOUR: Well, I’ll tell you obviously, Obama and the Democrats want to change the subject to anything but Obama’s record. So I’m sure they’re out there praying for rain. They go even further than that. You take this Todd Akin guy you’ve been talking about in Missouri, Harry Reid, the Democrat Senator leader’s PAC, put more than a million dollars into the Republican primary contest to help Todd Akin win the Republican nomination. Now we know why. The fact is, at the end of the day, the American people know this election is going to be a referendum on President Obama’s record. Marco Rubio said it — are you better off than you were four years ago? Is America better off than it was four years ago? And Barack Obama wants the conversation to be about anything else.

SCHIEFFER: Miss Blackburn says what you all said in the beginning, this is going to be all about the economy. But I’m wondering how do you get it back to that, Governor Barbour? What has to happen at this convention?

HALEY BARBOUR: Well, I was going to say, Bob, the first thing is, if your first four questions are about it, it’s kind of hard getting the subject back on the economy when you want to talk about Todd Akin. The fact of the matter-

SCHIEFFER: I want to talk about the news.