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DES MOINES | Though he has faced some criticism on such matters, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said he carries no political baggage because of his positions on racial issues.
The issue flared as recently as last week, when Mr. Barbour declined to denounce an effort by a group pushing for a license plate in honor of confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Barbour said the proposal was never going anywhere.
“I said accurately this is not going to happen,” Mr. Barbour said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The bureaucracy denied it, the Legislature won’t pass it and if the Legislature passes it, it won’t become law because I won’t sign it.”
“I don’t denounce individual people whether they’ve been dead 100 years or not,” he said.
He noted that he was a child during much of the Civil Rights movement and that people should focus on the progress that’s been made throughout the South.
University to start national civility institute
TUCSON | Two former presidents — one Republican, the other a Democrat — will chair a new national institute to promote civility in political discourse in the city where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded in a shooting rampage that left six dead, officials announced Monday.
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