Governor Barbour not condemning confederate license plate - - Jackson, MS

Governor Barbour not condemning confederate license plate

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour said he will not denounce a southern heritage group's proposal for a state issued license plate honoring a confederate general.

"First of all, I know the bureau of revenue's not going to approve it. Secondly, I don't think there's a chance it'll come out of the legislature, and then I know there's not a chance it'll become law," said Barbour.

Mississippi president of the NAACP asked the governor to denounce the license plate honoring confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Forrest was also an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans wants the car tag in 2014 as part of a series of civil war license plates.

At a speech in Jackson today, the governor was asked what he thinks of Forrest as a historic figure.

"He's a historic figure," replied Barbour.

Barbour is a potential 2012 republican presidential candidate.


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