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Barbour Gives Lunchtime Pep Talk to Senate Republicans

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) on Thursday afternoon addressed Senate Republicans during their annual retreat, telling them the Nov. 2 elections were a rejection of President Barack Obamas agenda and urging them to stay true to their midterm campaign promises.

Last years election was a repudiation of Obamas policies; pure and simple, theres no argument about that. Everybody recognizes that. The public expects you to stay true to that, Barbour told Roll Call during a brief interview upon exiting the closed-door meeting in the Library of Congress Jefferson Building.

Barbour, who is considering a 2012 presidential bid and said he is likely to make a decision on whether he will run this spring, was the featured lunch guest at Senate Republicans near-daylong gathering to discuss the policy and politics of the 112th Congress.

The governor, who served as Republican National Committee chairman during the GOPs rise to Congressional power in 1994 and later became a top lobbyist, said there is a clear difference between then when his party captured both chambers of the Congress and now.

The Republicans are not in control. We cant all get together and change laws, change policy because we have a Democratic president, we have a Democratic majority in the Senate, Barbour said. People need to align their expectations with reality.

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