May 8th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
7 years ago

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. Herman in LA

    This country has lost it's dam mind...

    I hope Barack get in there and really put a stop to all of this mess with new laws on the books to stop all of this dam mess.

    May 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. CNN-REPORTED

    CNN Reported Hillary Clinton telling voters I quote "Hillary Clinton suggested Wednesday that "White Americans" are increasingly turning away from Barack Obama’s candidacy"

    What does this mean? somebody and anybody.

    May 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    I hope Mike Gravel gets it. It is a real shame the media shut him down in the Democratic primary. He was not even invited to the debates except the first 2.

    Mike Gravel has some good ideas and has a backbone. He was the only politician I ever heard declare that the war on drugs needs to end.

    It is the biggest waste of taxpayer money in history is is not working. Over half the people in prison are in for drug possession, while the hard-core criminals serve only a fraction of their sentences because we can't build more jails fast enough to keep up with the demand.

    May 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Steve

    Obama and his paternal 1st cousin Odinga, wanted to bring the whole of Kenya under Sharia law. Obama campaigned for Odinga in August of 2006,just before he filed with the US Federal Elections Commission for his presidential candidacy.

    The idea was simply to have the Luo tribe, mostly Muslims, to take over Kenya from the inheritors of colonial power, the Kikuyu, and bring the country under Sharia law, kick out the Western investors in the nation that had made it one of the most stable nations in Africa, and supplant those Western investors with wealthy Arab oil money.It all failed.Then Odinga yelled election fraud, and put his Luo Islamofascists into the streets of Nairobi to “protest” by murdering, raping and maiming Kikuyu people, including the recent burning alive of a church full of Christians

    May 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Good – he'll siphon conservative votes away from McCain, making it easier for our next president, Barack Obama, to win the White House.

    May 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Patrick

    As a McCain supporter I applaud this move. We need more people to choose between when we vote. All of you people who complain about the way government is run and then get so outraged when someone like Ralph Nader has the audacity to actually want to run for President b/c it might take votes away from your candiate are such hypocrits. This move could very well hurt McCain but it's good for the United States and that is what is more important.

    May 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't care if Barr's uncle, cousin, brother, sister, or mother is running. I am voting DEMOCRAT whether it's Obama or Hillary, whether or not Michigan and Florida are seated, I am voting DEMOCRAT.

    May 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Mike

    How this party is different from Bush?
    What plans they have for Iraq and Israeli/ Palastinian conflict. Are they going to offer solutions to this crises in the Middle East or continue the same failed policy?

    I will be interested to know more

    May 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Haley Rodman Clemson

    In other words, he is trying to help Obama get elected president.

    May 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Phil in KC

    Barr's defection and candidacy will hurt the Republicans far more than Gravel's will hurt the Democrats.
    I'm not sure where Barr thinks the Republicans deserted him. I think it was the so-called 'moral majority' that took the Republicans off-course and derailed them from the party they used to be.

    May 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Bob Barr is no Ralph Nader.
    But clearly–neither the GOP or Democrats are fielding legislation or candidates that represent "any kind" of conservative values. In fact, both parties appear to be in a slow march towards socialism in order to retain their voter appeal between liberals and moderates of both parties.

    Perhaps it's time for a growing third party–for conservatives to hangout in. I recently changed my registration from Democrat to No Party Afiliation–I'd consider anything other than the current three stooges we've got on order!!!

    May 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Doug R.

    This was one of the impeachment managers (and a buddy of Ken Starr) who spent $70,000,000.00 of taxpayer money investigating Bill Clintons sex life. He jumped ship, eh??

    May 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Alex

    It is democracy in action. Let them bring additional issue to the forum even if they do not win. It will broaden the discussion.

    May 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Linda Feldman

    To NoMcSame– you are blinded by the word "white." Pay attention to the word "educated." Educated voters support Obama no matter what their color and if he loses in November, it's because we have failed as a country to properly educate our people to think. The 15% of this country who would vote for Hitler if he were running wouldn't vote for Hillary anyway. Keep the faith that once people get to know Obama they will at least think before casting their ballot rather than allow themselves to be used by the Clintons.

    May 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Louis Stouten

    Clinton hopes by her votes to become running mate of Obama.
    And if Obama follows Martin Luthers King destiny she will become president of the USA.
    Don't take her Obama ,she is more dangerous then Bush and
    demolished unity in the democratic party.
    She is a republican in a democratic sheepsskin.
    A shrewed woman and desperate by all the money she is losing .

    An europian with a clear vieuw.

    May 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Al, NY NY

    Concerned. You may want to watch what you wish for. A .005 percentage as you put it would be 500,000 votes based on a 100 million turnout. Remember that it was only a few thousand votes that put Duh-bya, the moronic chimp in office in Florida in 2000. So who is gonna be McBush's running mate? The Huckster who will surely push away anyone who isn't an Evangelical zealot, or Mutt Romney who will do the same since he's in a "cult."

    May 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. True Conservative

    You have my vote sir! McCain will lose anyway. We conservatives need to make a statement.

    May 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Marie in California

    Maybe Ron Paul could join the ticket. I know a bunch of folks who would like that. I could maybe even come to like it because, as I've been saying in recent months...... ANYONE BUT OBAMA!

    And I do mean ANYONE!

    May 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Where do these clowns come off thinking they could even get to the Whitehouse on a crappy Liberatarian ticket. OMG! Get real. If HRC and NOBAMA aren't enough of a joke, how this guy?

    May 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Madrugada Jones

    This guy's timing is great. Why didn't he throw his hat in the ring back in January or something? Does he think the Republicans just now lost their core principles? Note to Bob Barr: they've been lost for about 27 years now. http://spinachflame.wordpress.com/

    May 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. marie

    Obama supporters are wondering why Clinton supporters are not on the early blogs each day? Could it be because we work for a living? By the time I get home, you Obamabots have used up all the space–blogging all day–and Cafferty file does not accept Hillary supporters at any time of the day–therein lies your answer!

    May 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. paulie_nj

    Now there's a good idea, if CLinto does not get the Democratic nomination she should run as an Independant, that would surely shake things up.

    May 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Robert

    yea he may do that "The ATL" considering his positions are pretty darn far away frmo most religiosos. He wants LESS control from government, not more. Do some freakin research.

    May 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. The Dude

    True Conservatives blew it by not electing Ron Paul, The man is brilliant. I completely agree with his Non-Interventionalist Foreign Policy. Whether you are a Republican, or a Democrat, you should read his book "Revolution."

    Obama '08!

    May 8, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. fred

    That picture you all have with Obama in blue jeans...looks like a guy that has aids!!

    Why didn't you put a comment entry under that. You would have gotten some great responses??

    He looks sick!!

    May 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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