May 25th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Bob Barr wins Libertarian presidential nod

Bob Barr has clashed with his former party over policy.

Bob Barr has clashed with his former party over policy.

(CNN) - Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr is now the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee - and a potential headache for John McCain, as he reaches out to conservative voters who might otherwise vote for the GOP nominee in November.

The former Georgia congressman - who left the Republican Party two years ago, citing differences over fiscal policy and concerns over civil liberties - was nominated on the sixth ballot at the party’s convention in Denver. The vote on the sixth ballot was 324 for Barr, and 276 for Mary Ruwart, the last remaining candidate out of 14 originally seeking the Libertarian nomination.

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soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. South Sider

    How wonderful for the Dems, a split GOP making it easier for us to get in the Big House.

    Obama '08

    May 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. carl


    May 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Justin from West Haven, CT

    I encourage all conservatives to vote Barr instead of McSame.

    May 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Susan

    McCain now has two people to spar with. Barr will drain some of his voters.

    May 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Bubba

    I watched a little of the Convention this afternoon. What a concoction of wannabe's ! ! ! Small fish in a puddle, at best.

    May 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. B

    Republicans, you just lost some votes in the General.

    May 25, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Mr DE

    ANY OBAMA SUPPORTERS can do what ever they want.
    But in reality there is no dem candidates have reach the magic number.

    You all might wonder why many super delegates have not cash their votes yet, Im very sure they will wait till convention.

    There are about 73 pledge delegates remaining and about 206 super delegates remaining.

    Obama needs about 55 total delegates and Hillary needs about 245 total delegates to claim a nomination.

    As of 05/24/ general election.
    Obama vs McCain.... 45 – 47 McCain will WIN
    Hillary vs McCain.. 49 – 44 Hillary will WIN...

    You decided who you want your next president.....


    1972 Democratic Primary popular vote
    Hubert Humphrey 4,121,372 (25.77%)
    George McGovern 4,053,451 (25.34%)
    Henry M. Jackson 505,198 (3.16%)

    1972 Democratic National Convention
    Delegate Vote for Presidential Nomination
    George McGovern 1,865
    Henry M. Jackson 525
    Hubert Humphrey 67

    So it seems not always popular vote will get nominee.

    1972 General Election
    Richard Nixon (R) 520 electoral vote
    George McGovern (D) 17 electoral vot

    May 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS- Don't help McCain in the fall- if you refuse to vote for Obama, vote for Barr!

    May 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Jerry Lee


    May 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Eddy

    Can anybody take seriously the political views of a person who punctuates every comment with 3 exclamation marks?

    Or SHOUTS in cpaitals?

    May 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Ed

    Is this guy a true Libertarian or just another loser who couldn't get any
    else's attention?

    May 25, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Ray

    A Libertarian candidate with name recognition, decent reputation and political savvy. This is good for us. He can act as a spoiler for McCain, saving our nation from another 4 years of destructive, nonsense policies.

    Go Bob, go. I might even donate to your campaign.

    May 25, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. CJ

    Good for him, bad for McCain. But what happened to Mike Gravel?

    May 25, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. carolinas

    Good to see another party to contest as presidential candidate.

    May 25, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. John

    This is potentially good for the Democrats, if he can draw vital votes away from John McCain, the Independents that he needs to become Presidetnt, and Ralph Nader pulls the conservative Independents away from John McCain, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama could easily become president. The only thing that worries me is what happens if too many Independents and left-leaning Libertarians pull away from the democrats and support their own party. That could become troublesome down the road.

    May 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. beverly

    WHO'S BOB BARR, he a little early for the next nominations isn't he???

    May 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Alex

    This nomination is fairly irrelevant, other than the fact that Barr will steal some of the votes away from John McCain. Also, more importantly than just stealing votes, Barr may expose a few of McCain's weaknesses.

    May 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Gary in VA

    Thank you Bob Barr I love you. Obama 08.

    May 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Sue

    Well Hillary is my first choice. Now I have two second choices.

    May 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Kevin

    ...and we care because?

    May 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Realistic

    Every time I see Barr I can only think of that scene from Borat where he is offered the cheese . . .

    Clinton / Lewinsky '08

    May 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Libertarians Right, Consider Obama, Carter Deja-Vu

    While I admire Carter's post-presidency work, I can understand why he might "embrace" Obama. Their campaigns are very similar, and just like Ted Kennedy hoping to restore "Camelot" just one last time, so Carter might want to lend credibility to his own, failed presidency. .

    The reality is that JIMMY CARTER was a one-time president. The most obvious factor was lack of previous experience in Washington. Like Obama, he ran on a "leadership crisis" and skepticism about "Washington,” with confidence that his own personal qualities could end the crisis. His campaign in 1975 stressed Washington's defects and his own virtues — NOT SPECIFIC ISSUES OR A CLEARLY DEFINED IDEOLOGY. He sensed a yearning for “change,” and tried to persuade the “disenchanted” that he had the personality and values the situation demanded.
    Many voters found Carter puzzling—even contradictory—and UNTESTED. Carter only squeaked through to victory, with a popular vote of 40.8 million to Ford's 39.1 million and an electoral vote of 297 to 240.
    What Carter failed at was to have a compelling vision AND POLITICAL SKILL.
    Not surprisingly, Carter was a one-term president and even had to struggle to even obtain the re-nomination by his own party.

    Deja-vu all over with Obama!

    May 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Keith

    Ok, Obama for president. And if Hillary eliminates Obama like she let slip out in her despicable interview. Then Barr for President.
    ABC = anybody but Clinton.

    May 25, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Maria

    Maybe this will siphon enough Republican votes off that Democrats will still win November, in spite of doing virtually everything that they can to divide the party and lose a winnable election.

    May 25, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. David- Dallas Tx

    This is not going to do anything to him Barr nor Mcain, but if he insist he could cause a havoc to republican party, we hope he does it quickly so that Democrats Obama could come to power.

    May 25, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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