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Barr to announce Libertarian White House bid
AP via SFGate ^ | 5/12/8 | BEN EVANS, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 05/12/2008 7:51:01 AM PDT by SmithL

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr is expected to announce that he's running for president as a Libertarian.

His candidacy would be a wild card in the White House race that many believe would hurt Republican Sen. John McCain.

Barr had scheduled a news conference Monday. He first must win the Libertarian nomination at the party's national convention that begins May 22. Party officials consider him a front-runner

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1 posted on 05/12/2008 7:51:01 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I wonder if his nomination quest in the LP will go better than Alan Keyes’ in the CP?


2 posted on 05/12/2008 7:51:44 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SmithL

I am so frustrated with McCain that I am giving serious consideration to voting for Barr (assuming he is nominated.)


3 posted on 05/12/2008 7:53:07 AM PDT by garyb
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To: SmithL

Barr’s always given me the creeps. There’s something about that mustache. He looks like he should play Barty Crouch in a Harry Potter movie.


4 posted on 05/12/2008 7:53:24 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: ConservativeDude

They should run together for the Green Party nomination.


5 posted on 05/12/2008 7:53:53 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: garyb

Any dilution of the republican vote means a victory to the Rats... Remember Ross Perot????

I’m know McCain fan but I’ll hold my nose and pull the lever


6 posted on 05/12/2008 7:56:05 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SmithL

If Barr gets the nomination there will be one conservative in the race.


7 posted on 05/12/2008 7:56:43 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: Robe
Any dilution of the republican vote means a victory to the Rats... Remember Ross Perot????

I’m know no McCain fan but I’ll hold my nose and pull the lever

8 posted on 05/12/2008 7:57:11 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: SmithL

Election ‘08 is going to be a freakin circus and we’ll get to vote for which clown we want to represent us.

O, joy.


9 posted on 05/12/2008 7:59:48 AM PDT by WarToad
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To: SmithL

He’s got my vote... Unfortunately, the liberal McCain running on the republican ticket will steal the election from him. McCain should drop out for the good of the conservative movement...


10 posted on 05/12/2008 8:00:00 AM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: SmithL

I will vote third party only if my state race is close.

But right now, I don’t see a third party candidate that I’d want to vote for. McCain is the only one who will not surrender Iraq. Even the CP intends to surrender a war that we’re clearly winning.

What is Barr’s position on Iraq?


11 posted on 05/12/2008 8:00:18 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Robe

Bob Barr, though he is a libertarian, reminds me of one of the characters who were members of the Illinois Nazi Party from The Blues Brothers.

Wise people will stay as far away from Bob Barr as possible.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

12 posted on 05/12/2008 8:01:23 AM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: SmithL
I remember when the GOP picked McCain, the Libertarian party sent the GOP a funeral wreath. How fitting.....
13 posted on 05/12/2008 8:03:08 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (It's truly bad when your Savior in November is Judas Himself.)
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To: SmithL

Hmmm. I like the Libertarian party for almost everything and especially government finance and personal freedom, but the loosey-goosey attitude on National Defense may be a dealbreaker for me. For example — Ron Paul may be right about it being a mistake to go into Iraq in the first place, but now that we’re there we need to make sure the job is finished, and here’s where the Libertarian party wants to cut losses and bail.

That said, a protest vote against Juan McCain is sooooo tempting. He so obviously hates core conservatives, and if he’s tweaking us now with kissy face on La Raza and global warming (when he wants as many votes as possible), what’s he gonna do when he’s in power? Man, I hate this election year.


14 posted on 05/12/2008 8:04:13 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: SmithL

This is all pretty funny but repubs have made their own bed. Many people who consider themselves libertarians have been voting for pubbies largely because of the two groups philosophy of fiscal restraint and the reality that the Libertarian Presidential candidates don’t stand a chance. I know that there are a lot of freepers who think libertarians are all evil yada yada yada... but when you consider that the 2000 election was won by a few hundred votes that policy of demonizing libertarians doesn’t seem very smart. McCain is probably going to lose a lot of those thousands of votes. For that matter he’s going to lose a lot of republican votes too since he’s basically a liberal and from what I can see the sort of people he would nominate to the USSC are not acceptable. If the pubbie pres won’t nominate conservative judges and considering their spending track record and the recent ascendancy of the country clubbers in the party there’s little reason to prefer McCain over the others. A lot of conservatives are going to stay home. Libertarians won’t cross over. The Republican Party has only itself to blame.


15 posted on 05/12/2008 8:04:46 AM PDT by Seruzawa (A skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer and a mop.)
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To: Sybeck1

> I remember when the GOP picked McCain, the Libertarian party sent the GOP a funeral wreath. How fitting.....

I love it! Do you have a pointer to the story? I so want this to be true.


16 posted on 05/12/2008 8:05:00 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: SmithL

Barr is such a stupid prick. Carrying water for the Bolsheviks in the ACLU. I despise him.


17 posted on 05/12/2008 8:09:00 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SmithL

I think I’ll take the morning off to start practicing saying the words, “President Obama.”


18 posted on 05/12/2008 8:10:23 AM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: babygene

“He’s got my vote...”

And Obama’s got the White House


19 posted on 05/12/2008 8:11:33 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: VictoryGal

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-rlc/1966967/posts

Here it is. Says a McCain nomination shows the death of small government policies in the RNC.


20 posted on 05/12/2008 8:11:42 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (It's truly bad when your Savior in November is Judas Himself.)
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To: VictoryGal
> I remember when the GOP picked McCain, the Libertarian party sent the GOP a funeral wreath. How fitting.....

The Libertarian Party has been the death of many a Republican candidate, and the lifesaver of many an ultra-left wing RAT. If not for the LP candidate in Florida 2000, there would never have even been a recount.

I have a real problem with a party that opposes a candidate with whom they agree 80-90% to elect a candidate with whom they disagree 80-90%. A shameful legacy.

21 posted on 05/12/2008 8:11:51 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Rennes Templar
And Obama’s got the White House

You're wasting your time. Stupid is as stupid does. Obama and his vile wife will destroy this nation. But morons like Barr and the "purists" who support him are blind to political realities.

22 posted on 05/12/2008 8:13:23 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SmithL
Hey, I understand that the National Association of What-A-Burger Drive-In Franchise Owners will also be having their national convention in Denver on May 22nd, maybe they can donate some of their extra space to the Libertarians, and in return, Bob can encourage everyone to head over to the drive-in lanes for a quick lunch before embarking on this grand and sweeping national campaign, eh?
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23 posted on 05/12/2008 8:13:51 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: Rennes Templar

“And Obama’s got the White House”

If you think the liberal McCain can beat the liberal Obama your delusional...


24 posted on 05/12/2008 8:15:04 AM PDT by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Rennes Templar

Oh well. Better stock up on ammunition then. McCain is going to need those liberal votes he’s been pandering for, because he sure isn’t getting mine.


25 posted on 05/12/2008 8:15:14 AM PDT by Doohickey (SSN-681; SSN-671; SSN-669; SSN-712)
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To: babygene

“If you think the liberal McCain can beat the liberal Obama your delusional...”

If Barr drains erstwhile McCain votes, Obama wins, duh.


26 posted on 05/12/2008 8:20:39 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: SmithL

This makes it harder for me to vote for McCain, or contribute in any way (funds, hours). Barr has his good points, many of them, while McCain has many lousy points.

I’m glad it’s early. I’ll see what the VP pick comes down to, both for McCain and for Barr. My joke on the matter: Bob Barr and Sam Nunn, the Barr/Nunn ticket!


27 posted on 05/12/2008 8:21:02 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Seruzawa

“The Republican Party has only itself to blame.”

You refer to the party as if it has nothing to do with conservatives. This is our bed and yes, we only have ourselves to blame.


28 posted on 05/12/2008 8:23:35 AM PDT by Bogeygolfer
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To: Robe
A dilution of the libertarian vote means Obama will win the White House.

I've had it with liberal republicans.

29 posted on 05/12/2008 8:25:36 AM PDT by garyb
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To: montag813
First a little editing on your comment: "Barr is such a two faced scumbag, carrying water for the Bolsheviks in the ACLU."

My reality comment: Anyone hired by the ACLU is not a conservative and probably not much of an American.

Speaking of reality not chemically induced pipe dreams:


30 posted on 05/12/2008 8:29:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein Obama"Hama's" Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: garyb

So am I, I think it’s a good idea to look into what he has to say.

Under no circumstances can I support McCain or Hillary. I supported Fred Thompson.

***I am so frustrated with McCain that I am giving serious consideration to voting for Barr (assuming he is nominated.)***


31 posted on 05/12/2008 8:29:46 AM PDT by msnpatriot
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To: SUSSA

The further to the left McCain moves the harder it will be for any conservative to vote for him.

At this point I will vote for whoever is a conservative.

And in spite of the anti-Romians here Huck is no friend of Conservatism so as a pick for the VP spot he doesn’t work.


32 posted on 05/12/2008 8:31:15 AM PDT by stockpirate (30,000,000 reasons to NOT support McCain, immigration.)
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To: SmithL

Oh fvck!

Just what we need: another Ross Perot-type spoiler who’ll divert enough votes to give the Dimocrat the election!

Is Obama financing this bid?


33 posted on 05/12/2008 8:33:37 AM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: traviskicks; CJ Wolf

Glad I officially have someone I can vote for. Go Bob!


34 posted on 05/12/2008 8:33:39 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: garyb

Both the Libertarian and the CP’s are out to lunch when it comes to war, international relations, and foreign policy.

They are isolationists living in the 1700’s.


35 posted on 05/12/2008 8:33:43 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: SmithL

I see the possibility of the total November 4 conservative votes being split among McCain, Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, and Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party (should Barr win the LP Presidential nomination). This doesn’t even include all of the write-ins for POTUS and all of the conservatives who truly decide to stay home on November 4 (I truly hope that not too many conservatives decide just to stay home on November 4!).


36 posted on 05/12/2008 8:34:24 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: Seruzawa
when you consider that the 2000 election was won by a few hundred votes that policy of demonizing libertarians doesn’t seem very smart

If every Libertarian vote cast in 2000 had been cast for the GOP instead, George Bush would still have lost the popular vote by 160,000 votes.

I don't recall any major player in the GOP demonizing Libertarians in 2000 or any other election.

37 posted on 05/12/2008 8:35:51 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: montag813
Barr is such a stupid prick.

That "stupid prick's" speech at the March For Justice helped establish FR as the premier political site on the web. It's perfectly valid to have issues with him, but freepers should show him at least a modicum of respect.

38 posted on 05/12/2008 8:38:18 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: SmithL
Barr a libertarian???

Barr: Barr was a strong supporter of the War on Drugs, reflecting his previous experience as Anti-Drug Coordinator for the Department of Justice. While in Congress, he was a member of the Speaker's Task Force for a Drug-Free America. This task force was established in 1998 by then Speaker Newt Gingrich to "design a World War II-style victory plan to save America's children from illegal drugs." The task force crafted legislation specifically designed to "win the War on Drugs by 2002".

Barr advocated complete federal prohibition of medical marijuana. In 1998, He successfully blocked implementation Initiative 59 -- the "Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative of 1998" -- which would have legalized medical marijuana in the District of Columbia.

There is no legitimate use whatsoever for marijuana. This is not medicine. This is bogus witchcraft. It has no place in medicine, no place in pain relief... (Wikipedia)

Libertarian Party Platform: Drug prohibition does more to make Americans unsafe than any other factor. Just as alcohol prohibition gave us Al Capone and the mafia, drug prohibition has given us the Crips, the Bloods and drive-by shootings. Consider the historical evidence: America's murder rate rose nearly 70% during alcohol prohibition, but returned to its previous levels after prohibition ended. Now, since the War on Drugs began, America's murder rates have doubled. The cause/effect relationship is clear. Prohibition is putting innocent lives at risk.

What's more, drug prohibition also inflates the cost of drugs, leading users to steal to support their high priced habits. It is estimated that drug addicts commit 25% of all auto thefts, 40% of robberies and assaults, and 50% of burglaries and larcenies. Prohibition puts your property at risk. Finally, nearly one half of all police resources are devoted to stopping drug trafficking, instead of preventing violent crime. The bottom line? By ending drug prohibition Libertarians would double the resources available for crime prevention, and significantly reduce the number of violent criminals at work in your neighborhood. (Party Website)

Who's kidding whom?
39 posted on 05/12/2008 8:40:22 AM PDT by wolf78
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To: SUSSA

Who’s the conservative?

Barr is a member of the ACLU and has strongly denounced the Patriot Act.

He may have once been a conservative, but not longer.

He’s the Republican version of Joseph Lieberman...ready to sell his party out over a single issue.


40 posted on 05/12/2008 8:41:30 AM PDT by bw17
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To: Grampa Dave

OUTSTANDING!...Great job! made ME laugh on this tired Monday morning.....Please keep posting this all the way to the election!


41 posted on 05/12/2008 8:45:38 AM PDT by HappyinAZ
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To: HappyinAZ

Hussein Obama”Hama may be the most dangerous man in America.

If we allow him to be elected, we will deserve whatever fate he will bring.

The election of the Clintoons is still costing this country and yet the walk of waters types are still proud of helping the Clintoons to get elected.


42 posted on 05/12/2008 8:52:58 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein Obama"Hama's" Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: stockpirate
Huck is no friend of Conservatism so as a pick for the VP spot he doesn’t work.

You are sure right about that. He sure isn't a conservative!.

43 posted on 05/12/2008 8:53:17 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: SmithL
Barr should pick Sam Nunn as a running mate.

No reason other than I like the sound of "Barr-Nunn '08"

44 posted on 05/12/2008 8:55:12 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Grampa Dave
Hussein Obama”Hama may be the most dangerous man in America.

Oh, here we go with the dramatics.

45 posted on 05/12/2008 8:58:32 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: jmc813
That "stupid prick's" speech at the March For Justice helped establish FR as the premier political site on the web. It's perfectly valid to have issues with him, but freepers should show him at least a modicum of respect.

Barr whitewashing of the ACLU is akin to Charles Lindbergh's whitewashing of the Nazis. They are an enemy agent, bent on the destruction of America from within, as were the Nazis from without. I will offer unto Barr the respect he deserves--none.

46 posted on 05/12/2008 9:01:24 AM PDT by montag813
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To: wolf78

my understanding is that this is one of the issues that he has flip flopped on and is now against the WOD.


47 posted on 05/12/2008 9:04:32 AM PDT by CJ Wolf (Freepmail to get On or Off the ron paul let freedom ping.)
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To: bw17

Barr works with the ACLU to protect our 4th Amendment freedoms and reverse the abuses of the grossly misnamed Patriot Act.

Mr. Barr was not just siding with the ACLU in this effort fight this assault on our liberty. He was also siding with groups like the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Free Congress Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, and other solidly conservative groups. Nor do they mention that bedrock conservative groups like the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Family Research Council, the Southeastern Legal Foundation, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, the National Right to Life Committee, to name just a few, have also worked with the ACLU to protect a Constitutional right.

I suppose you don’t think those groups are conservative either.

I guess you support the McCain/Finegold assault on the First Amendment because the ACLU fought it.


48 posted on 05/12/2008 9:09:14 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: montag813
Barr whitewashing of the ACLU is akin to Charles Lindbergh's whitewashing of the Nazis. They are an enemy agent, bent on the destruction of America from within, as were the Nazis from without.

The ACLU is that much worse than freaking La Raza?

49 posted on 05/12/2008 9:10:48 AM PDT by jmc813 (I would rather have shrimp than amnesty.)
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To: SmithL

Mr. ACLU running as a libertarian. Hmmm, seems Bob Barr is the Libertarian’s John McCain.


50 posted on 05/12/2008 9:11:22 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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