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. number1tfan

    WHO CARES WHAT J.cARTER THINKS... and by the way, why is there a sub named after him???? Time to rename it!!!!

    May 25, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Michael McCarthy

    He won't get 1%.

    May 25, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  3. Ron Nebraska

    Good deal! One more nut for the wacko right to vote for.

    May 25, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |

    Who cares where Bob or wherever is springing out from.

    Look folks, Mccain is an old man 71yrs who will be controlled from texas ranch.Physically and healthwise,he is gone.

    Hillary talks without thinking and lies alot,remember her story about cross fire,all lies.She want to continue from her husband's racist ideology.

    OBAMA. or my God.God bless you and bless the good citizens of the united states that would look beyong colour and send you to the white house.With your name alone, our enemies has vowed to be peaceful.Go ahead we are behind you.

    May 25, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. keke

    It's unlikely that I'd vote for Barr, but I welcome any effort to get rid of the two party system we have in this country.

    May 25, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Republican in Training

    Barr won't be a problem for McCain in November.

    May 25, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. deborah jean P, washington DC

    the dream ticket for us independent libertarians: Rep. Barr and Rep. Paul!

    i 've just made $100 contribution. i will send a check every month! it's more than worth it!

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Alex Lotorto

    Third parties have no place trying to win the presidency in this country. Thank you CNN for only covering the third parties when they declare and when they ultimately lose to the two supreme parties.

    The Constitution explicitly limits the amount of candidates that are allowed to run for President.

    The presidential campaign was invented to boost your ratings and margins.

    I heard that you send around internal e-mails instructing the Ticker employees not to cover candidates who take public financing and who are polling low.

    Which came first the chicken or the egg? Your coverage or the low poll numbers? There is no justification.

    CNN, no one benefits from your disinformation, just you and your advertisers.

    Enjoy the primaries!

    May 25, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Ali Tabesh

    I am so delighted that Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr is running for 2008 presidential election. He is a man of integrity and charm who would take the votes from Senator McCain whom is running for Bush's third term. This would allow Senator Obama to defeat the republicans and win the election.

    We love you Bob!

    May 25, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. The G Blog

    Bob Barr may have just put Georgia into play by winning tonight. He may take just enough votes to give Obama a chance.

    Seems funny the Libertarian Party nominated someone who actually voted for the Patriot Act

    May 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. mel

    Can you bet mccain,he is another Mr.bush and Bush will have a
    third term thru mccain. Mccain is not to be president,he have mind
    that will go off at any given moment. !63 days to take his voter. You
    will need the larger states.

    May 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Ann Robertsen

    I want the press to answer for Mr. Obama what it is that he is going to do. He is going to improve everything. Who is going to pay for it? When will he start giving us stuff. Also where are the jobs for the soldiers that are all coming home in the first few weeks Obama is in office.
    Ann Robertsen

    May 25, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Sushi

    CNN I have lost count of how many times you have refused to put my comment up despite there being nothing crude, or otherwise in it. Just because you don't agree with what i'm saying doesn't mean you can refuse to put it on here. It's called FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
    This nomination is fairly irrelevant, other than the fact that Barr will steal some votes away from John McCain. He also might expose some of McCain's many flaws, which only helps the democratic nominee.

    May 25, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Diamond Gallow

    I do not think that he will inflence senator obama, i think he will lessen the votes toward mc cain, and help obama win! THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!

    May 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. Erik B

    YES WE CAN!!!

    Obama 08

    May 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. Ted Clark Me

    We really need to all get behind Hillary Clinton right now.

    May 25, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Donald

    McCain just lost my vote.

    May 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. The O

    You go Barr the Republicans suck you need to get as many as you can, and you might just win...


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Reta

    I'll vote for Barr over McCain any day.

    May 25, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. John

    Finally, a true conservative is running (besides Ron Paul). Either Paul or Barr will have my November vote.

    May 25, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Tom

    The Ralph Nader equalizer! Thank you, Libertarian Party!

    May 25, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. independant chris

    Welcome to the Show, Mr Nader...I mean, Mr Barr! Hehehe if Obama was going to win by a landslide before, it will now be total obliteration =)

    May 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Jennifer


    May 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Christoffel van Vuuren - Montreal Canada

    They are Libertarians in name only.

    May 25, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. james

    Yes, help McCain take it – anyone but Obama.

    Hillary is the smartest and best choice but the ignorant youth have destroyed that.

    Hillary '12

    May 25, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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