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Haley Barbour Defends Bob McDonell's Confederate History Proclamation, Slavery Omission (VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/11/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

On Sunday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss) defended Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's omission of slavery from his "Confederate History Month" proclamation.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Barber said that the firestorm of controversy raised by McDonnell's proclamation is "just a nit". "It's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't matter for diddly," Barbour claimed.

McDonnell apologized for the omission, but when host Candy Crowley asked Barbour if he thought failing to mention slavery in the Virginia proclamation was a mistake, Barbour replied, "I don't think so." He pointed out that Mississippi's Democratic legislature has also approved measures commemorating Confederate history.

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