GOP Re-Branding Effort, Day 2: Henry Barbour Criticizes Obama As ‘Socialist’
Henry Barbour, one of five GOP strategists spearheading the Republican National Committee’s post-campaign reboot, described President Barack Obama as a “socialist” Monday, using the well-worn rhetoric in an interview with The Hill.
“We all want to make America strong economically and militarily and every other way but you can’t do that if you’re not in office,” Barbour told The Hill. “We’ve got a socialist in office right now — how’s that working for us?”
Barbour is one of the authors of the RNC Growth and Opportunity Project — an “autopsy” report pointing to the party’s 2012 election shortcomings and image issues. The nearly 100-page report, released Monday morning, included a number of proposals for how to broaden the Republican Party’s appeal, including downplaying internal divisions and changing its tone on social issues.