Barbour: Robocalls on initiative 'misleading'

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says a group was trying to mislead voters with automated phone calls using his voice as he expressed concerns about a life-at-fertilization ballot initiative.

Mississippians for Healthy Families, a group largely funded by Planned Parenthood, says it did not alter a recording of the Republican governor.

On the call, an anonymous person asks the listener to hold for a message from Barbour. Then comes a recording of Barbour expressing concerns about “unintended consequences” of the proposed state constitutional amendment on Tuesday’s ballot.

Barbour expressed those concerns in interviews Wednesday. On Thursday evening, he said he’d voted for the initiative by absentee ballot.

The automated calls started Thursday evening.

Barbour issued a statement on Friday saying the calls were made “without my permission and against my wishes.”