Barbour: Moratorium on gulf oil drilling bad idea - - Jackson, MS

Barbour: Moratorium on gulf oil drilling bad idea

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he'll tell President Barack Obama the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could hurt the national economy.

Obama is scheduled to arrive Monday morning in Gulfport, the first stop on a 2-day trip to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

The president will meet with local officials about the impact of the oil that's been spewing into the Gulf since a BP-operated rig exploded April 20 and sank two days later.

Barbour, a Republican, says he will meet with Obama in Gulfport. Barbour skipped Obama's three previous appearances at Louisiana sites affected by the oil spill, although governors from other Gulf states attended.

Barbour appeared Sunday on CBS television's "Face the Nation."

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