he following is a rush transcript of the June 6, 2010, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.” This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
CHRIS WALLACE, ANCHOR: Now let’s get reaction from one of the leaders along the gulf coast, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, who joins us from the state capital in Jackson.
Governor, how badly has your state been hit both from oil washing up on the shore and also the impact on small businesses from hotels to fishermen who have been impacted by this spill?
GOV. HALEY BARBOUR, R-MISS.: Well, the truth is, Chris, we have had virtually no oil. If you were on the Mississippi gulf coast any time in the last 48 days you didn’t see any oil at all. We’ve had a few tar balls, but we’ve had — we have tar balls every year as a natural product of the Gulf of Mexico. Two hundred and fifty thousand to 750,000 barrels of oil seep into the Gulf of Mexico through the floor every year, so tar balls are no big deal.
In fact, I read that Pensacola or the Florida beaches, when they had tar balls yesterday, they didn’t even close. They just sent people out to pick them up and throw them in the bag.