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Former Republican [Bob Barr] to seek Libertarian presidential nomination
CNN ^ | 5-8-2008 | CNN

Posted on 05/08/2008 11:13:54 AM PDT by jmc813

Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr will announce Monday that he will run for president as a Libertarian, a source close to the Georgian told CNN.

Barr will officially declare his candidacy at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The four-term congressman left the GOP in 2006, saying that Republicans had "lost their core principles."

Barr made a name for himself in Congress for his ardent conservative philosophy and his role in President Clinton's impeachment. He lost a primary election in 2002.

Last month, Barr formed a presidential exploratory committee as he weighed a run for the White House. The source said that Barr had been considering a presidential bid "for several months. He currently runs Liberty Strategies, a consulting firm in Atlanta and Washington.

Barr joins a handful of other candidates seeking the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination including former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Libertarians meet in Denver on May 22 for a four day convention where members will choose the party's presidential nominee.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bobbarr; libertarian; thirdparty
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1 posted on 05/08/2008 11:13:54 AM PDT by jmc813
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To: jmc813

He’s sort of nuts, but I’ll vote for him. Please everyone, spare me the “vote for the liberal Republican because he is better than the dem” argument. Where has that gotten us? A government that is bigger and more intrusive than ever.

And then, please spare me the “Well thats ok in theory but “THIS YEAR” its just too important”. Y’all say that every year.


2 posted on 05/08/2008 11:15:54 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: traviskicks; CJ Wolf

ping


3 posted on 05/08/2008 11:15:54 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: jmc813
Another Ross Perot?

Carolyn

4 posted on 05/08/2008 11:16:10 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: jmc813

This is how conservatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


5 posted on 05/08/2008 11:16:13 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: jmc813

That’s right Barr...do your part to insure a RAT Trifecta!


6 posted on 05/08/2008 11:16:38 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("All gave some, and some gave all!")
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To: Redleg Duke

I guess working for the ACLU was getting boring.


7 posted on 05/08/2008 11:18:31 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: Redleg Duke

Democrat or Republicrat

Not a dimes bit of difference between the 2


8 posted on 05/08/2008 11:19:02 AM PDT by tueffelhunden
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To: jmc813

This will particularly useful when dems go to court to block McCain from the Ballot because he was born in Panama.


9 posted on 05/08/2008 11:19:09 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Ron Jeremy

I’m going to think about voting for him too. I too, am tired of the same old arguments. People have got to stop voting for the status quo, it just gets worse every year.


10 posted on 05/08/2008 11:19:21 AM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: Ron Jeremy
Where has that gotten us? A government that is bigger and more intrusive than ever.

I think we can all agree that in the short-term, our government's growth is in the upward direction. We can choose slower growth by electing a Republican, or we can split our base by considering Bob Barr (who is a good man, btw), or deal with an upward spiral of growth made possible if Hillary or Barak Obama are elected.

11 posted on 05/08/2008 11:19:48 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: jmc813
>Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr will announce Monday that he will run for president as a Libertarian

Unless he can get
one of the girls from "The Hills"
to run as VP,

(aren't they too young?)
this is an announcement where
you just say so what?

12 posted on 05/08/2008 11:20:44 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: jmc813

Bob Barr's insidious plan continues to unfold. Take over black church. Say crazy things. Instill member of congregation as Dem nominee. Destroy credibility of nominee. Run for president!!

Now I'll that's left is to destroy McCain and the WORLD IS MINE!!!!

BWHAHAHAHAHAH

13 posted on 05/08/2008 11:20:55 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: jmc813

Another nutty loser who needs attention


14 posted on 05/08/2008 11:21:23 AM PDT by Soliton
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To: jmc813

Boy....Soros is really spreading his money around....


15 posted on 05/08/2008 11:22:16 AM PDT by goodnesswins (20 is the new 10)
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To: jmc813

Isn’t this the guy who railed against the Army allowing pagan religious practices on post? Not very libertarian at all.


16 posted on 05/08/2008 11:22:47 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: jmc813
Here's the problem with the Libertarian, Constitution, Conservative, etc. parties....they refuse to build from the bottom-up.

If they would build from the ground up, running people for city council, county supervisor, state representative, and on and on, perhaps they could become a real alternative to the 21st Century Whigs, ie, the GOP.

I could support something like the Constitution Party...if they actually decided to build from the bottom up.

17 posted on 05/08/2008 11:22:52 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: Tribune7

Separated at birth?


18 posted on 05/08/2008 11:24:15 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obama is a member of the Far Wright Conspiracy.......)
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To: jmc813

So the schmuck wants Obama to be President?

Come on, there’s NO POINT in running when you haven’t a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning more than 2% of the vote. I understand being ticked off at the Republican Party - because I also feel that way, knowing that Barr is correct in saying that it has strayed far from our values. But handing victory to the most Left-Wing candidate in our nation’s history while we are at war is simply INSANE!!!

I know the theory...”it’ll be so bad under the Dems that Conservatism will make a huge comeback, etc., etc.” Well, guess what, there’s no certainty that this will happen - you do remember President Dole, don’t you? No? Why not, we were supposed to get rid of that hick Clinton after one term?

I don’t like the direction of the Republican Party in the last several years, and I despise McCain. But I love my country more, and will not stand by while the likes of Obama tear it to shreds.

Barr should NOT run, and I say that as someone who probably agrees with him 98% of the time on the issues and think he’d make a fantastic President. Put your ego on hold, Bob, so that we don’t have to deal with the first Muslim President and his insufferable wife. Do the troops in Iraq a favor and stay off the ballot - because by being on it you’ll make their entire mission and the deaths of 4,000 of our finest worthless.


19 posted on 05/08/2008 11:24:34 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation trying to stop Monica's Ex-Boyfriend's Wife from becoming President)
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To: Ron Jeremy
And then, please spare me the “Well thats ok in theory but “THIS YEAR” its just too important”. Y’all say that every year.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that.

20 posted on 05/08/2008 11:25:51 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: Lou L
We can choose slower growth by electing a Republican

We did. It didn't work.

21 posted on 05/08/2008 11:26:34 AM PDT by steve-b (The "intelligent design" hoax is not merely anti-science; it is anti-civilization. --John Derbyshire)
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To: jmc813

Obama hasn’t had this much fun since he was in the back of the limo with that coke buddy.


22 posted on 05/08/2008 11:26:47 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: jmc813

The Libertarian party is pro-abortion, pro-drug, etc., etc..
Not at all conservative.


23 posted on 05/08/2008 11:27:11 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Ancesthntr
You are smarter than Barr and 99.9% of libertarians.
24 posted on 05/08/2008 11:29:00 AM PDT by jrooney (Obama's mentor says God Da*n America. That explains Obama's refusal to put his hand over his heart.)
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To: jmc813

If it was Clinton against McCain I would probably vote for Barr.
But since it will be Obama against McCain, I’m going to have to vote for McCain if he has any chance of winning my state. Obama is just too extreme.


25 posted on 05/08/2008 11:29:26 AM PDT by devere
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To: Ancesthntr
But handing victory to the most Left-Wing candidate in our nation’s history

Is it me or is every Democrat candidate the "most left-wing in history"? I distinctly remember hearing this about Gore and Kerry.

26 posted on 05/08/2008 11:29:51 AM PDT by jmc813 (Eek!)
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To: Triple
You do realize that silliness was disposed of months ago?
27 posted on 05/08/2008 11:30:51 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: jmc813

A real conservative for change was Ronald Reagan. When he saw a crisis in his party, he worked to change the party. He didn’t give up. HE kept fighting on.

People like Pat Buchanan and Bob Barr are conservatives who walk out when their brand of orthodoxy isn’t followed 100%.

I have plenty of problems with the RINOs...and my volunteer time and monies aren’t going to the party. Instead, I’m giving for electable conservative Republicans.

Barr would do well to do that, too. IMO.

Otherwise the electable conservatives will be defeated by invigorated Democrat operatives.


28 posted on 05/08/2008 11:33:55 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: jmc813

You people in New York, Illinois, California, Maryland, Vermont, DC, and Taxachussetts, by all means cast a protest ballot for Bob Barr. Those of us in red and purple states regrettably need to act like adults and vote for McCain.


29 posted on 05/08/2008 11:34:03 AM PDT by devere
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To: jmc813
Is it me or is every Democrat candidate the "most left-wing in history"?

You got it!

If the Republicans lose, it's because they put out a pi$$ poor candidate. Don't blame it on the voters - blame it on the candidate - and the party that doesn't do everything it can to groom good candidates from the git-go.

I hate the thought of living through an Obama presidency - but unlike some others on this site - I don't consider a McCain presidency to be a victory either. I have no idea what that man is planning to do - I don't think he knows either. He scares me to death, because he will have no opposition & I know for a fact that he despises conservatives.

30 posted on 05/08/2008 11:36:05 AM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: jmc813
Is it me or is every Democrat candidate the “most left-wing in history”? I distinctly remember hearing this about Gore and Kerry.

As this country polarizes the lefties become more lefties.

31 posted on 05/08/2008 11:38:54 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Nude dancing in North America)
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To: Lou L

“I think we can all agree that in the short-term, our government’s growth is in the upward direction.”

In the SHORT-TERM? Whats that, since 1913, 1916 ? FDR?

When exactly did the government not grow?


32 posted on 05/08/2008 11:38:58 AM PDT by live+let_live
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To: jmc813

This is how conservatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


33 posted on 05/08/2008 11:39:02 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: Lou L
This is how conservatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Were we about to win something? We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by spending 30 years working for GOP control of the gov't, only to have W and the congress piss it away on more spending and bigger gov't than the dems ever even dreamed of.

34 posted on 05/08/2008 11:40:35 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: devere

So a liberal RINO is better than supporting a Conservative/libertarian who might actually succeed at REDUCING the size of FedGov? What’s “adult” about that except that electing McLame would mean the country would be screwed, as would the Constitution? I guess that’s what you mean... forcible adult (XXX) behavior? Why would you wish that on us? Rape is outlawed by every CIVILIZED society!


35 posted on 05/08/2008 11:42:33 AM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: iowamark
The Libertarian party is pro-abortion,

. Not true. that's one of the few big debates within the party.

pro-drug, etc., etc..

They are not pro-drugs, they are pro allowing people to do what they want in their own homes.

Not at all conservative.

Compared to who, the GOP? What is conservative about being the biggest spenders ever? What is conservative about massive new entitlements?

36 posted on 05/08/2008 11:45:14 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: alicewonders

“I don’t consider a McCain presidency to be a victory either.”

Yes, Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher was lousy, but Chancellor Adolf Hitler was a disaster.

Vote against disaster.


37 posted on 05/08/2008 11:45:48 AM PDT by devere
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To: jmc813
Maybe those of us who live in dark blue states should consider voting for Bob Barr?

After all, McCain has no chance of winning in these places, this could be an opportunity to send "a protest vote."

38 posted on 05/08/2008 11:46:20 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Ron Jeremy

You are a Bitcon.... a bitter conservative searching mighitly for someone upon to heap your wrath after not having a conservative in your precise narrow tolerance win the nomination.

Your life is going to be a misery because ther will be no such nominee in the forseeable future.


39 posted on 05/08/2008 11:47:14 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The Bitcons will elect a Democrat by default)
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To: Tribune7

I knew Wright reminded me of someone!


40 posted on 05/08/2008 11:47:39 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: devere

Act like adults and vote McVain?

Puh-Lease !

Adults will do everything they can RIGHT NOW to PREVENT McVain from becoming the candidate. It CAN still be done, and a large and immediate show of support for Bob Barr would be a big help.

RINOS didn’t team up with the MSM and the Dems to back McVain because they believe in his liberal background, although they probably do. They did it because they believed that he would keep them “in the money”, i.e. in power. If they figure out that they will LOSE THE ENTIRE BASE with McVain, they will come around.

Let’s send them that message.

Falling in line behind Mr. RINO this early in the cycle is just damfoolishness.


41 posted on 05/08/2008 11:48:40 AM PDT by Supercharged Merlin (The way to take money out of politics is to take the politics out of money !)
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To: devere
I do not see McNut that different from Hillary. Sorry a RINO sell out will NEVER get my vote. I would vote for BOZO THE CLOWN before I would vote for McNut.

The guy aligned himself on the side of Ted Kennedy. Need I say more? McNut is a sell out at best.

42 posted on 05/08/2008 11:48:57 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Ancesthntr
I don’t like the direction of the Republican Party in the last several years, and I despise McCain. But I love my country more, and will not stand by while the likes of Obama tear it to shreds..

We could all sit around a bar for hours and come up with the worst things the government has ever done, or the worst policies ever implemented, or the worst violations of the constitution.

But, in my mind, there is on singular thing that is the worst thing this government has ever EVER done, which is the worst violation of the constitution EVER done, and which is the greatest threat to our freedoms. That is the criminalization of political speech that was proposed by McCain and signed by W. I don't care who he is running against. Every American has a duty to himself, his children, the constitution, and the nation as a whole to not pull a lever for McCain. There is no worse thing that can be done to the country then elect as President the chief champion of Federal regulation of political speech.

43 posted on 05/08/2008 11:49:17 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: devere
Yes, Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher was lousy, but Chancellor Adolf Hitler was a disaster.

Yeah, and what makes you think that McVain wouldn't be a perfectly good Hitler himself? He's got the temperament for it !

44 posted on 05/08/2008 11:51:50 AM PDT by Supercharged Merlin (The way to take money out of politics is to take the politics out of money !)
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To: devere

Wake up! The disaster has ALREADY happened! Look at the candidates we have!!! We’ve already lost!

The voters have been asleep at the wheel - and right now we’re only a few feet from the edge of the cliff going about 80 miles an hour. Nothing’s going to stop this wreck!

I’m jumping out. We need to start over in another vehicle - and this time we need to pay attention.


45 posted on 05/08/2008 11:51:51 AM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: bert
You are a Bitcon.... a bitter conservative searching mighitly for someone upon to heap your wrath after not having a conservative in your precise narrow tolerance win the nomination.

What makes you think I have a precise and narrow tolerance? Because I don't believe in massive new entitlements? Because I don't believe in Federal regulation and criminalization of political speech? My tolerance is actually quite wide for anyone who is even close to being a conservative.

Your life is going to be a misery because ther will be no such nominee in the forseeable future.

Well of course not because people like you vote for RINOs.

46 posted on 05/08/2008 11:52:02 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: bert
“Your life is going to be a misery because ther will be no such nominee [conservative] in the forseeable future.”

Regrettably, I agree with you. I think socialism/fascism has firmly gripped our country and both the Democrat and Republican parties.

Unfortunately, it won't only be my life, but your's as well that suffers.

47 posted on 05/08/2008 11:52:11 AM PDT by live+let_live
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To: dcwusmc

“So a liberal RINO is better than supporting a Conservative/libertarian who might actually succeed at REDUCING the size of FedGov?”

I’d probably vote for Barr if he had a serious chance to win, but he does not.

There’s no runoff in US Presidential elections. If in a typical state, Obama gets 40%, McCain gets 35%, and Barr gets 25%, Obama is elected President. For those with a knowledge of history, that’s about what happened in 1912. We need to live in the real world, which unfortunately is far from ideal.


48 posted on 05/08/2008 11:52:45 AM PDT by devere
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To: devere

49 posted on 05/08/2008 11:54:48 AM PDT by Ron Jeremy
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To: All
How'd that third party thing to stop a lib republican work last time?


50 posted on 05/08/2008 11:58:50 AM PDT by icwhatudo
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