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. Extinct

    Maybe Barr can make Hillary as his VP.

    May 25, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Wasn't Born Yesterday


    Hey Rush Limbaugh,

    Whatsoever a man soweth , that shall he also reap and with what measure he meant ti , it will be returned to him. Bob Barr is your Operation Chaos reaped and the damage you meant to cause Democrats , will be returned unto the Republican.

    May 25, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Boomer

    Say goodnight, John McSame!

    May 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Rob R

    This could be payback for 2000. Barr would most certainlly steal more votes away from McCain than Obama. If anything, he should cancel out any votes for Nader.

    Why Barr thinks he has a snowballs chance in hell of winning anything is beyond me, but let him run.

    Obama is the next President of the United States.

    May 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. William Caine

    With any luck, Barr will suck off enough voters from McCain that we'll get a (desperately needed) Democrat in the White House.

    May 25, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Bridgette - PA

    McCain will need alot more influence than......who is this guy again? It doesn't matter, OBAMA will be our next President......get used to it 🙂


    May 25, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. bill anderson

    Because of Ronald Reagan I switched from the democrat party to the Republican party in 1980. Because the Republicans did not cut the size of government spending and allowed McCain to be it's nominee I will now become a Libertarian. Bob Barr is a wonderful well qualified candidate. Bob will bring about the change that Obama talks about. He will unite the disgusted Democrats and estranged Republicans with the existing Libertarians into a broad winning coalition. Fair tax instead of income tax. Yea baby!!!! Run Bob Run.

    May 25, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Robert Hewitt

    Is there a reason that my comments never got approved?!? It's been more than 2 hours.

    I wonder how many other posters took the time to write something that never got posted. Red flag: there are 2 comments on this 4-hour-old thread!

    This is really ridiculous! Keep it up CNN and people will blog elsewhere.

    May 25, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Chris

    It seems both parties think he’s a fool!

    May 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Jaun

    This is going to kill McCain chances of the stage he thought he had for November...but at least Obama is going to get some sensible opposition.
    Hope he brings new vigor to the table.
    OBAMA 08'

    May 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    Obama has the ticket. He has proven to me he can handle the job. He has been hit every which way during the campaign and has done so with dignity. All you anti-Obama people can say what you want...he got my vote.

    Obama 2008/2012

    May 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Roy

    I'll need to know more about the Libertarian platform before I give Mr. Barr my vote. I really don't think I will vote for McCain or any liberal like him though.

    May 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Brian

    Smart Repubbies vote for Barr!

    May 25, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Osagie From Montgomery

    Here comes McCains Bad Luck!

    May 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Chris

    A victory for the socialist party

    May 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. After further review,Texas

    Good,Lets hope he can take votes from McCain.

    May 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Doug Thompson

    Hope he at least cancels out Nadar's votes.

    May 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    I think that it's unfair to allow someone to enter the race at the end of the campaign. Anyone wanting to run for President should have to declare at the beginning like the other candidates who have to campaign. It is unfair to the candidates for someone to enter at the end in order to disrupt the election process.

    May 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. for Obama

    As long as Hillary leaves, everything will be fine.

    May 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. Ito

    What does he hope to accomplish? Marijuana laws?

    May 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Dave, SC

    This guy is another joke like Barack Obama. What is happening to American politics? Where are the sensible people?

    May 25, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Drew, Central FL

    Good. I hope he siphons a lot of McSame votes.

    May 25, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Ron R

    Uhhhhhhh....does anyone care?

    May 25, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Concerned Canadian

    This guy could beat Obama but Obama won't be nominated.

    May 25, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. john

    your comments are out of touch. doesnot matter to obama.

    May 25, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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