Barbour faces off with tea party at GOP conference

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NEW ORLEANS -- Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit in New Orleans.

Former Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour is warning delegates to the Republican Leadership Conference that the party must embrace compromise to win more elections, particularly the 2016 presidential contest.

Barbour says that, quote, "in a two-party system, purity is the enemy of victory."

The former Mississippi governor also advises fellow Republicans that they should never forget that the purpose of winning is to govern and that it takes a big party to win elections.

Although Barbour drew a standing ovation, the delegates are spending the afternoon cheering a parade of archconservatives who dismiss calls for pragmatism.

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