Barbour: GOP Will Need to Earn Public’s Trust Post-Election

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now, you were, I remember, chairman of the Republican Party back in 1994, when the Republicans swept the Congress. Does this feel it’s a bigger sweep than it was then?

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR: Judy, for a year-and-a-half, the political environment has been better for Republicans in the 2009-’10 cycle than in the 1993-’94 cycle. The wind has been at our back for longer. The intensity has been greater, the enthusiasm higher.

Frankly, there’s been a lot of anger and even fear, people who are worried that, if we don’t change direction from the lurch to the left given us by Pelosi and Obama, that their children and grandchildren are not going to inherit the same country that they inherited from their parents and grandparents. I didn’t see that in 1994. I didn’t see that kind of honest fear that sort of — just kind of motivates some of the…

JUDY WOODRUFF: So, you think this year could be a bigger sweep for Republicans? Is that what you’re saying?

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR: Well, it could be. It could be. Certainly, in the House, that’s possible.

Nov. 2