Maddow Rips Haley Barbour Over Praising Segregationists (VIDEO)

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In front of a live New York audience last night, Rachel Maddow took on Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s praising of Civil Rights-era segregationists in his state.

“Haley Barbour wants to be president,” Maddow said. “He also wants you to believe the Citizens Councils he grew up around in Mississippi were organizations of town leaders that smoothed the way for racial integration.”“Who knows, maybe it will be Haley Barbour versus Barack Obama in 2012,” she added. “Maybe the Republican Party will nominate him, and maybe the south will secede again. Good luck with that.”

In an interview yesterday with TPM, Barbour’s spokesman defended the governor.

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