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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  1. beverly

    who's mr bob barr, he a little early for the next nomination that would be 2012 huh???????????

    May 25, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. So Sad

    Oh Yeah...the guy who pushed Arlington VA to spend 6 figures to replace all the metro signs to state that National Airport was now Ronald Reagan National Airport is running for Prez.... Thats what we need a guy with really messed up priorities running this country.

    May 25, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Temitayo Gidado 4 obama

    thank God, now u can cut from McCain lead hahahaha.. God does things in Miraculous ways!

    McCain is prolly MAD!

    Obama 08

    May 25, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Mildred

    Watch out McCain.

    May 25, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Bart, Springfield

    Bu bye, McLame.

    May 25, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Robert Hewitt


    Join me in donating to Bob Barr today.

    Think about it...

    If Barr gets 1/4 the momentum that Ron Paul has had through the primaries, he'll wreak havok on McCain in the Interior West and may even shakeup Georgia.

    If this right-leaning protest-vote-magnet can get on the national radar, McCain will be forced to return to appeasing the base (which means alienating moderates and Independents).

    Giving $10 to Barr does more to get Barack in the White House than giving $100 directly to him.

    May 25, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. d

    Good, I am SO GLAD to see someone else enter this race.

    May 25, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. james

    Oh my god – what a freakin crook! You can just look at him and say crook with no doubt!

    May 25, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. mjaber

    Barr is a good presedential candidate to run, because he has an economy efficient plan to stop the war on drugs, (which is just a waste of tax payer money) and to quit useing the patriot act to freely wiretap americans freedoms of privacy. The Libertarians just believe in liberty. (AKA thats why they're called Libertarians)

    May 25, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Listen Carefully! And Libertarians Don't Sound So Bad!

    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.

    May 25, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Jeanne

    I watched some of the Libertarian convention and thought they had a diverse selection of people running with Barr being the most conservative. Barr and Gravel were the only names I recognized. After listening to each of the candidates speak, I decided I wasn't interested in voting for a Libertarian.

    May 25, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Paul C.

    Although Obama promises to be a breath of fresh air in the stink of politics I think the Libertarian party should be given a chance. I would love to see them win the Presidency but unfortunately the Republicans and Democrats would see to it that they accomplish nothing.

    May 25, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. 1926

    Who cares, except he may influence Senator Mccains run. I dont care what he does to Obama.

    May 25, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |

    Carter telling Hillary to give it up is like a young person telling him to go to leave the earth.

    Yes, he has a right to speak, but he is such a turkey who wants to listen. Isn't he the one who botched rescuing our POW's in Iran and let Ron Reagan do that. He is such a quitter that maybe he thinks everyone should be a quitter.

    By the way, why are all the anti Hillary people so angry and hateful.

    Why not gather around the mother hen and let he choose the inexperienced one term US Senator as a VP. That is all he is qualified to be from my point of view.

    May 25, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Alonzo Demetrius - FL

    Waste of time!

    May 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Venus

    YES! Good to have you Sir! Give John Mc Cain hell!

    Go Bam!

    May 25, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. lol

    great that he got the nod, now let hillary start her independent campaign, and send obama back to his shady chicago politics. the democratic party is a joke, under howard dean. hillary doesn't owe the democrats anything. take your 17 million plus votes and run an independent campaign, you will win.

    May 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Robert Hewitt

    Looking at the numbers...

    If Barr could raise $1M and get his message out, suddenly Montana is in play for the Dems and it could be just enough to tip a close Nevada Obama's way.

    And even if a strong Barr would never be enough to put third-party-loving, red states like Alaska in play for the Dems. He would take away from McCain's popular vote total and draw him back to defend the right wing.

    We learned during Nader/Gore a very painful, instructive lesson. Let's get Barr in the national spotlight so that disaffected conservatives see him as an option and so McCain cannot afford to just throw Bush under the bus.

    Donate to Barr today.

    Obama 08!

    May 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Mike


    Any chance McCain had just left the building. Of course all the Boortzs and Becks out there won't be espousing the joys of pseudo-Libertarianism for much longer. Don't look for help from them Barr – wolves in sheep's clothing...

    Perhaps their listeners are too far gone in believing the cries of "Libertarianism" to be swayed – either way, it spells trouble for McCain.

    May 25, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. brittan

    hmmm, dont know anything about him, but as long as he is going to steal votes from MCBUSH, I am all for him!!

    May 25, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Sean Deason

    Did someone draw a mustache on that photo?? Okay kids, enough with your shenanagins! This is serious stuff here! Give the man some respect!

    May 25, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Son

    Good. I'm glad to see there's a serious politician who's running as a third party. This is no slight to Ralph Nader, but he's not a politician. Bob Barr is. I think this is a great step for the political system in America.

    May 25, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. lol

    yeah, whatever.

    May 25, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Christopher in Silicon Valley

    He and Nader are the only real choices left in this thing. Hillary, Obama, McCain, are just marketing shells for the status quo.

    May 25, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. NBC

    Go Bob.....A true Republican. Not fake like Mc Cain!!! Bob all the way.

    May 25, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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