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Barr Files Suit To Remove Obama And McCain From Texas Ballot
Austin American Statesman ^ | 9/16/08 | scott shepard

Posted on 09/16/2008 4:43:54 PM PDT by pissant

Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr’s campaign filed suit Tuesday seeking to remove Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama from the ballot in Texas, alleging that the two major candidates missed the deadline for officially filing to be on the ballot.

The lawsuit by the former Republican congressman from Georgia claims that neither McCain nor Obama met the requirement of Texas law that all candidates provide “written certification” of their nomination “before 5 p.m. on the 70th day before election day” because neither had been formally nominated by their respective parties in time.

That would have been Aug. 25. Obama did not accept his party’s nomination until Aug. 28, McCain his on Sept. 4.

The lawsuit states: “The hubris of the major parties has risen to such a level that they do not believe that the election laws of the State of Texas apply to them.”

Pat Dixon, chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, issued a statement saying, “Libertarian principles require personal responsibility for your acts and failures. Obama and McCain failed to meet the deadlines. They must follow the law like everyone else.”

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aclu; bobbarr; electionpresident; judiciary; lawsuit; libertarianparty; lp; mccain; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; patdixon; pathetic; professionalspoilers; sideshowbob; texasballot; thirdparty; tx2008
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And you better believe that Soros, MoveOn, Kos, DNC, and Obama money will be backing his lawsuit every step of the way.
1 posted on 09/16/2008 4:43:55 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Bob Barr out-Obamas Obama.

What a sour little catamite.

2 posted on 09/16/2008 4:45:28 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: pissant

Kind of ironic coming from someone who claims to be for ballot access.


3 posted on 09/16/2008 4:45:49 PM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: pissant

Bob Barr has officially lost his mind.


4 posted on 09/16/2008 4:45:51 PM PDT by PowerPro (McCain/Palin FTW)
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To: pissant

What a simple tool.


5 posted on 09/16/2008 4:45:54 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: wideawake

He will be considered quite respectable by the Olbermans and Matthews of the world starting today.


6 posted on 09/16/2008 4:46:58 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Dear Bob,

You’re the weakest link. Goodbye.


7 posted on 09/16/2008 4:46:59 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: pissant
So the Libertards want to disenfranchise all the TX voters? That'll win you points with the Texans, dumba$$.
8 posted on 09/16/2008 4:47:27 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (OBAMA: He was a flop before he became a flipper.)
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To: pissant

I realize that Libertarians want to legalize drugs but Barr doesn’t have to get carried away all at one time. Bob, just a little at a time.


9 posted on 09/16/2008 4:47:41 PM PDT by boycott
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To: mnehrling

No irony if you realize his goal is to help his fellow anti-war stooge, Obama.


10 posted on 09/16/2008 4:47:57 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

11 posted on 09/16/2008 4:48:12 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Sarah Palin: Babies, Guns, Jesus. HOT DAMN!)
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To: pissant

Barr is a moron.


12 posted on 09/16/2008 4:48:38 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (Let's Roll!!)
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To: pissant

So Bob Barr has decided to mess with Texas...


13 posted on 09/16/2008 4:49:12 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: big'ol_freeper

Yes, for many reasons. Yet he will have no lack of cash to pursue this lawsuit. I’ll guarantee it.


14 posted on 09/16/2008 4:49:53 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Barr is an idiot. He needs to go hangout with his pals down at the aCLU and leave us alone. I know there are some terrorists somewhere who are bent on destroying America that need his help getting some “constitutional rights.”


15 posted on 09/16/2008 4:49:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Troopergate" - The Revenge of the Alaskan Good Old Boys Club.)
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To: mnehrling
Kind of ironic coming from someone who claims to be for ballot access.

That was exactly my first thought.

The LP has fought the battle to end the exclusionary laws and get on the ballot in almost every state and then pull this stupid stunt. No wonder they can't reach the critical mass.

I am ever more certain they will only split the Democratic vote this election cycle.

16 posted on 09/16/2008 4:52:29 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: pissant

Barr is not only a nut and an idiot but he’s embarrassing himself.


17 posted on 09/16/2008 4:53:17 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: mnehrling
Kind of ironic coming from someone who claims to be for ballot access.

You're the one who said Barr should play by the rules. What makes the republicans and democrats above the law? All they had to do was meet a simple filing deadline and they failed.

18 posted on 09/16/2008 4:54:28 PM PDT by Night Conservative (Sarah Palin for Vice President in 2008.)
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To: pissant

Excuse my ignorance … how does this benefit Obama?


19 posted on 09/16/2008 4:54:34 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama IS running against Palin)
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To: pissant

I’m starting to think some candidates run on 3rd party tickets for no other reason than to damage 3rd party chances even further.


20 posted on 09/16/2008 4:55:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: jazusamo

Actually a smart move on his part to get publicity and possibly throw this election to the Obamutard. He’d like nothing better.


21 posted on 09/16/2008 4:55:23 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

The sad part is, the Barr/Baldwin types actually think a majority of Americans want them but they are being oppressed by some media/neocon conspiracy and people are just ‘sheep’ who don’t know the truth.

IE, it is everyone else’s fault, they are just being oppressed.. uh huh.. narcissistic and delusional.


22 posted on 09/16/2008 4:55:25 PM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: agrarianlady

i dont agree with what he’s doing, but barr does have a point with this, if its true. There’s deadline laws, one shouldn’t think it doesn’t apply to you


23 posted on 09/16/2008 4:55:32 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: jazusamo

Actually a smart move on his part to get publicity and possibly throw this election to the Obamutard. He’d like nothing better.


24 posted on 09/16/2008 4:55:36 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: doc1019

Think it through.


25 posted on 09/16/2008 4:56:24 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: cripplecreek
I’m starting to think some candidates run on 3rd party tickets for no other reason than to damage 3rd party chances even further.

Actually, it is all about the Founding Fathers- specifically, these founding fathers.

Imagine if you had a job where you can run around the country blabbing about whatever and have people throw money at you and feed your ego.

26 posted on 09/16/2008 4:57:24 PM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: pissant

As bad as the 2 “major partys” are, I believe there is some cosmic force that makes people insane when they run in 3rd parties.


27 posted on 09/16/2008 4:57:37 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If and this a big if, a nominee would still need 269 electoral votes to win the Presidency. If neither has 269 then it goes to the House[or the senate] to decide. The media of course would support their candidate obie but the republicans would break out of their silence and there would hellraising across this country. Remember after Florida when the right stood up.


28 posted on 09/16/2008 4:57:39 PM PDT by JudgeFelon
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To: spodefly

Barr qualifies nicely then.


29 posted on 09/16/2008 4:58:19 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: doc1019

How many certain electoral votes would McCain lose???


30 posted on 09/16/2008 4:58:55 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: doc1019

You’re joking right?


31 posted on 09/16/2008 4:59:53 PM PDT by MartinStyles
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To: pissant

Any idiot can file a lawsuit. This is proof.


32 posted on 09/16/2008 4:59:55 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Welcome PUMAs!)
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To: pissant
It took me a moment too, until I realized that Obama had no chance to win in Texas anyway.

-PJ

33 posted on 09/16/2008 5:00:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (You can never over-estimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

That’s 34 fewer electoral votes for McCain/Palin


34 posted on 09/16/2008 5:02:45 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: wideawake

Catamite...... ya’ learn something new every day.


35 posted on 09/16/2008 5:05:36 PM PDT by super7man
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To: Night Conservative
All they had to do was meet a simple filing deadline and they failed.

So it's simple to go back in time? Cool, did not know that.

The Texas law stipulates that this year they had to certify and file by Aug 25th, although the Conventions were set for later than that date. So, the parties either had to move their conventions forward to meet the deadline of one State or they had to figure something else out.

And they did.

Both parties filed the certification paperwork to meet the ballot requirement and then amended their filing after the nominations were official.

Amended paperwork filed on time. Ain't bureaucracy grand!

It's like filing your estimated taxes on April 15th, but filing for an automatic extension. Then you get until August 15th to file your actual form and pay your taxes.

Must suck to be a member of a Party that doesn't even know how to work around red tape.

36 posted on 09/16/2008 5:05:44 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: mnehrling

Well, the elevation of Rudy McRomney shows that the GOP deserves to get pummeled from the right. But these guys are the equivalent of PeeWee Herman and Foghorn Leghorn.


37 posted on 09/16/2008 5:06:16 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

That’s the Bob Barr that I’ve always despised.

Elitist gun grabber, fraud.


38 posted on 09/16/2008 5:06:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor ( If Obama had Palin's resume and experience Obama would be qualified to be VP too.)
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To: PowerPro
"Bob Barr has officially lost his mind."

Can't lose what you never had.

39 posted on 09/16/2008 5:07:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor ( If Obama had Palin's resume and experience Obama would be qualified to be VP too.)
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To: pissant

Okay, I was wrong on him being embarrassed but right that he’s a nut and idiot. :)


40 posted on 09/16/2008 5:08:06 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: pissant

Sorry, the meds kicked in a little early today. ;-)


41 posted on 09/16/2008 5:09:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (Obama IS running against Palin)
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To: doc1019
"Excuse my ignorance … how does this benefit Obama?"

Little slow today?

McCain Owns Texas; Obummer has no chance.

42 posted on 09/16/2008 5:10:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor ( If Obama had Palin's resume and experience Obama would be qualified to be VP too.)
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To: mnehrling
Imagine if you had a job where you can run around the country blabbing about whatever and have people throw money at you and feed your ego.

You do know candidates can not legally keep donated money or spend it on themselves, right? It is not like Barr or whatever candidate (including McCain and Obama) is going to take a Hawaiian vacation with their respective remaining donated money after the election.

43 posted on 09/16/2008 5:11:18 PM PDT by Night Conservative (Sarah Palin for Vice President in 2008.)
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t understand why libertarians don’t work within the Republican party. The two parties are natural allies and compliment each other. If the Republican Party can have moderates and religious conservatives, then they surely can have libertarian Republicans.


44 posted on 09/16/2008 5:11:45 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: doc1019

No problem. I’m about to have my first dose of medicine tonight, in the form of a 12oz brew.


45 posted on 09/16/2008 5:11:47 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

What would stop voters from writing in McCain or Obama? Even if the lawsuit were successful which is highly unlikely, McCain would still carry the state with the write-in votes. It would just take Texas a long time to count the ballots.


46 posted on 09/16/2008 5:11:47 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: doc1019
"Excuse my ignorance … how does this benefit Obama?"

It removes one of the biggest, surest blocs of electoral votes from the McCain column. It disproportionately hurts McCain.
47 posted on 09/16/2008 5:14:38 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([Fred Thompson/Clarence Thomas 2008!])
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To: Night Conservative
You do know candidates can not legally keep donated money or spend it on themselves, right?

Of course, I have very intimate knowledge of this- however, I also know that you can file flights, hotels, meals, some entertainment, etc all as campaign expenses. You can basically live high off the hog for months all on your donor's dime, then, if you have anything left, move it into a personal PAC account and file similar expenses for PAC 'activities'. They don't need to take a Hawaiian 'vacation', they can claim it is a campaign or PAC related event, live just like it was a vacation, but expense it against the campaign.

48 posted on 09/16/2008 5:15:45 PM PDT by mnehring (Maverick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: doc1019

Texas is red, it is in the bag for McCain, Obama wasn’t going to get those electoral votes, anyway. Can McCain win without Texas’ EVs?


49 posted on 09/16/2008 5:16:09 PM PDT by sportutegrl (0bi has been looking a little wan.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
Must suck to be a member of a Party that doesn't even know how to work around red tape.

Actually it must suck to be the head of a party and be dumber than a box of rocks. Barr looks like a complete idiot for not researching this before filing.

50 posted on 09/16/2008 5:16:20 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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