May 8th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
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Former Republican to seek Libertarian presidential nomination

Bob Barr will announce a presidential run Monday.
Bob Barr will announce a presidential run Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - 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.


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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Joe Regis

    God bless him.

    Go Obama go!

    May 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. HSNP

    Can we say whack-o?

    May 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Slick

    Libertarians are the only ones that really get it. Too bad America is a sports team, bud light drinking us and them type of country.

    LP.org

    May 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Karen from Charlottesville

    -Hey, Watch out Barr. After Hllary *&^%s up the Democrats, she may just have to switch over to the Libertarians to make a mess over there.

    May 8, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Aren't you tired of it too?

    After this ages old slug fest, he can't just slide in at this point and hope for an easy run to the white house. No time to abuse him like the rest of the field so just forget it!

    May 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. ChicoSez

    I may be voting for Barr or McCain or I will stay home. I will never vote for such a hatemonger as Obama. And it will be the very FIRST time I did not vote dem. I used to tell people I was an old fashioned yellow dog dem but my ex-party doesn't want old timers, they have the new kids on the block. Will the Obama kids show up in off year elections and work for local candidates. I doubt it. And why do I call him a hatemonger, read the post from his camp about Hillary or Bill or even Chelsea. Blacks and guilt-ridden white liberals are not enough to win a gen election as you'll find out in Nov.

    May 8, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Bob

    Oh God! Not another one!

    May 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. remember her campaign fraud?

    so?

    May 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Bob Barr the Raple Nader (np) of the republicans.

    Thanks Bob that will off set the votes being taken away from Dems because of the Neo-cons scecret weapon RN.

    May 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. rw md

    Well, now we have choices, other thatn a bigot, Obama, remember
    his coment about his white grandmother, a typical white person,
    a war monger, Mc Cain, and Bob Barr.
    Loo'k's like this democrat may go with John McCain, just to keep
    Pastor's Son out of the White House.
    First time voting for a Republican, I certainly wish Huckabee would
    have gotten it.

    May 8, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Debra Cahalane

    I am snickering. I for one, am a hard-working caucasion woman and whole-heartedly cast my primary vote for Barack Obama.

    Mrs. Clinton is grasping for straws. Take a deep breathe, Hillary.

    May 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. The ATL

    This is great news-he may draw some of the far righties & religiosos away from McCain.

    May 8, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Living in the USA

    Slow your roll Bob. We already have one black man running for office. What are you trying to do put us in a coma. Yes folks Bob is a black man. I have been living in the ATL all of my life and I know it.

    May 8, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. D.Kimbro OHIO

    This post was for Hillary's racist remarks.

    Why does this shrew keep doing this. I am so sick of her!!! All of her backroom buddies will destroy this party if they go for this. She lied last week about the gas tax and now everyone knows it. Where was CNN to properly inform people?? By the way the PA primary was 4/22/08. She supposedly raised 10 million. We found out yesterday that 6.4 million she had lent to her own coffers. Why can't all of these honest American people see through her. This lady is an evil person. She now knows she can't win so she wants to take the low road. I do believe that this party will win in spite of her. She is done in politics, and will NEVER be president.

    May 8, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Joyce

    I don't get these Obama supporters at all.

    One posted bluntly that Hilary supporters voting for McCain instead will be replaced by cross over Repubs and independents anyway, so screw them.

    Then there's this post about how Rush Limbaugh should be arrested for influencing Florida repubs into voting for Hilary (another baseless accusation). Isn't that contradictory? I thought you guys had it that they will cross over to your candidate and Hilary's supporters don't matter anyway?...

    One thing that truly worked for Obama are all these payed bloggers maligning and spreading lies and throwing vile remaks towards Hilary. Kids, like it or not Hilary's support and supporters are needed to win if he gets nominated – understood?! We're talking about millions of people, she's not that far behind in delegates nor popular votes. Imagine if half of that went the other way.

    So don't get cocky, childish mistake. He might win the battle but not the war.

    McCain isn't a bad candidate at all, he is playing party politics right now but he is not a stupid Bush by any stretch of the imagination. He could win this against Barrack if Obama's supporters continue to tick Hilary's supporters.

    Then again, she could get the nomination then we won't have to worry about winning Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    I sure hope this gets posted.

    May 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Theresa

    Hillary should run as an independent also... that would make an interesting General Election

    May 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. B ESS

    As this Great Country moves forward, may we truly unite, and leave partisanship behind us. Together, we can accomplish anything. The past is behind us. Never give in to corruption, and point it out when seen. They will try, hard as ever, and with large sums of money, to accomplish actions that only support their motives. Our future, and the future for generations to come, depend on our decisions today. We can not, and will not, tolerate the inability of two parties grandstanding, for personal gain.

    Vote for Barack Obama, a person for all people.

    God Bless You, and God Bless America !
    _________________
    Independent for Obama

    May 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. YesWeCan

    Operation Limbaugh !

    May 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Allen deLuca - Florida

    BOB BARR, WE ALREADY KNOW YOU AND YOU CAN'T BE PRESIDENT. FORGET IT!!

    YOU'RE JUST MORE MUD IN THIS POLITICAL CONFUSION OF 2008.

    May 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. To Concerned

    Good for him. Now take the other Wacko Libertarian (Ron Paul) with you as your running mate. Maybe together you may get .005 of the vote in November.

    McCain will be our next President, get used to it.

    We will not surrender to the Radical Islamic Jihadists.

    May 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. YesWeCan

    A TRUE Conservative Republican !

    May 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Shahin

    It looks so great to Republicans. Hoever, Democrats fall in a Political Civilwar. I have seen various Caucians face had been red to dark. Because Obama has gain more delegate. I am very happy to see that this election has taught me a lot. I now know America still has long way to go. I invite every American to come in Islam. Only Islam can cure this racial disease.

    May 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. mark

    This man is no Libertarian. HE advocated draconian sentences for insignifigant drug crimes. A Libertarian candidate is credited with knocking him out of congress.I realize he's had a change of heart but his fierce support of the War on Some Drugs has damged the lives of too many people. I wouldn't trust this guy. Ron PAul I would trust implicitly.

    May 8, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. YesWeCan

    As this Great Country moves forward, may we truly unite, and leave partisanship behind us. Together, we can accomplish anything. The past is behind us. Never give in to corruption, and point it out when seen. They will try, as hard as ever, and with large sums of money, to accomplish actions that only support their motives. Our future, and the future for generations to come, depend on our decisions today. We can not, and will not, tolerate the inability of two parties grandstanding, for personal gain.

    Vote for Barack Obama, a person for all people.

    God Bless You, and God Bless America !

    May 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Cat

    Who is he?!

    Good God, does this man want the Dems to win? This is what will happen if he runs.

    May 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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