April 3rd, 2008
05:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Former GOP rep closer to independent White House bid

Bob Barr is pondering a Libertarian presidential run.

Bob Barr is pondering a Libertarian presidential run.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia is inching closer to seeking the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, and plans to shed some light on his plans at a weekend party gathering in Kansas City.

Two sources familiar with Barr’s deliberations say it is their understanding he will make clear he is ready to seek the Libertarian nomination if there is evidence of significant support within the party. Both sources are active in Libertarian politics and spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity.

Barr is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a regional Libertarian Party gathering this weekend.

Contacted Thursday evening in Atlanta, the former congressman confirmed he was considering such a campaign, but would not discuss the specifics of what he planned to tell the weekend meeting.

“I am planning to address the delegates and I will say I am not planning on wasting their time,” Barr said in a telephone interview. “I am planning to have something fairly significant to say.”

–CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

Filed under: Bob Barr
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Ca Native

    LOL... go ahead Bob. You and Ron whats-his-name can battle Nader for the fringe ~ irrelevant edges of this election.

    April 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. carmen

    Oh God, not another one

    April 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Grif

    Robert. Bar you're Dreams, your not so much unlike, Obama's Cuckoo idea's of a "Dog Given Right"... But... Leave it alone...
    Go and chew on you're Bone.....You may get eaten by a Wolf...

    John "Man of the Moment" McCain.. Just may use your Skin for Boots. Next Winter....

    April 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. M. Felder

    Bob Barr. We are not interested in your run. Let it go.

    April 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Tex

    Hearing this news simply makes my day complete and I can now sleep better at night!

    April 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Ike in Atlanta

    Oh God!
    Do they have superdelegates too?

    April 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Gnosticman

    This is great for the Dems!! This guy will suck votes right out from under McCain!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. HRC, it's over babe

    Good, get some votes away from McBush.
    If I remember very well, this irrelevant guy used to be a GOP from Georgia and he was not much loved, even within his party.

    April 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. linda

    Hey folks for those of you that do not know Bob Barr is a very angry person that appears to still be fighting the civil war.

    April 3, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Bayou Joe

    Bob Who? What happen to the senile candidate from Texas, was his name Ron. I thought he was the Libertarian running as a Republican.

    April 3, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    Bob Barr, is still a republican he is smart he will likely take votes from John McCain. Look over his past voting record. Again, Bob Barr is cool keep the dream alive....

    April 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Carl from Pa

    I hope, that might balance out all the democrats that will vote for Nader, if republicans vote for Barr.

    April 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Brian

    Go Bob Barr!

    April 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Concerned Canadian

    Obama already asked him if he wants a job in his cabinet.

    April 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. James, MI

    These Jonny come latelys make me sick. They don't have the nerve or the drive to make a real go at the presidency, but they want to ride on somebody else's limelight. At least Clinton, and Obama and McCain have been out there. Where has this guy been?

    Give me a break.

    April 3, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    We need a third party to balance out the elitism of the Republicans and the Democrats. But the current spate of whackos that espouse a third party have been less than impressive.

    April 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Sue

    Oh, why throw another name in to the race. This would be great-Weather Vane McCain might have some votes stolen from him. Is this election over yet?

    April 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |

    The voters are leary to say the least. He is a Republican!!!
    He is a Republican. He is a Republican. He is a Republican.
    Withe Republican values. Which are 0 values!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Utah Teacher

    YESSS! Any crazy groups that will splinter McClain's base are VERY welcome to join this fray!

    April 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Jean Alex

    Please run LOL

    April 3, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Utah Teacher

    YESSS! Any crazy groups that will splinter McCain's base are VERY welcome to join this fray!

    April 3, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Utah Teacher

    All are welcome...Paul, Barr, Huckabee...come to the light. There is peace and serenity (for the Dems) in the light...

    April 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. jdona

    Well, its possible the Dems who would otherwise sit out the election if their candidate doesn't win, or who would otherwise vote McCain, might decide to go with him. Either way, he could help siphon off enough votes from the Dems to have an influence. Maybe he and Nader will join forces.

    April 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Mike

    DO IT MAN !

    We (Dems) could use a flood of Huckabee GOP SPOILERS right now to gang up on McCain as third party candidates! That would be one heck of a plot twist after all the Clinton/Obama thing has put voters through ...

    April 3, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. cathy

    BOB BARR??? LOL This is the funniest thing I have heard all day. April 1st was a couple of days ago though.

    April 3, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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