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(CNN) – Former Rep. Bob Barr, the newly-selected Libertarian presidential nominee, rejected suggestions Monday that he could spoil his former party's chances of holding onto the White House.
"There are two folks that are out to spoil the race here - it's Senator Obama and Senator McCain. They're setting out, I think, to spoil our chances," he told CNN's "American Morning."
He added, "There are millions of voters out there that are not going to vote for Senator McCain, and we aim to reach those voters with the message of smaller government and more individual liberty."
For years, Barr was a prominent Georgia Republican in the House. He played a leading role in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
His positions on some issues have left some Libertarians unsure about his candidacy. He opposed legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, supported the Patriot Act, and co-sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act.
While the Defense of Marriage Act was backed by opponents of gay marriage, and allowed states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, Barr told CNN Monday that it was a "very sound individualistic and states' rights policy."
And he said he has been working for five years "to either amend or repeal the Patriot Act because of the way it has been used and abused by the Bush administration to curtail the civil liberties of American citizens in this country. We can defend America without taking away civil liberties and privacy rights of American citizens, and we ought to be doing that."
He also supports U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
Barr, 59, left the Republican Party in 2006, and announced in April that he would form a presidential exploratory committee. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and represented a conservative district in the Atlanta suburbs for four terms.
He worked as an occasional contributor and analyst for CNN after leaving office.
The last two Libertarian presidential candidates, Michael Badnarik in 2004 and Harry Browne in 2000, drew fewer than 400,000 votes each. But Barr is a more prominent political figure, and his selection Sunday at the Libertarian National Convention in Denver is drawing more attention to the party.
He told CNN Monday he hopes to have his name on the ballot in all 50 states, and vowed, "We are going to launch a very vigorous campaign all across America."
Bob Barr..... who?
CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN
Screw our corrupt 2 party system.
Nice to have another choice in the mix.
When you announced in April that you were running for Office of the President, I thought....hmm, maybe he's the one to make a real difference. And you start out by criticizing two of three candidates (Obama & McCain) rather than talk about the issues. You have put yourself in the same box as HRC. That box is labeled "POLITICS AS USUAL...WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO WIN"!
Barr, you dont even define why 2 of the 3 candidates are s"spoilers" What do you mean by that? I'll help you...the winners are the "spoilers"...is that what you are trying to convey?
You are just another one of those who think the voters are just plain dumb. Sorry, but we know better. Go back where you came from.
TO ALL OF THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS THAT SAY THEY WILL VOTE FOR MCCAIN IF OBAMA WINS THE NOMANATION DON'T. THE ANSWER IS EASY .JUST WRITE HILLARY IN. THAT WAY YOUR VOTE WILL COUNT FOR HER AND NOT MCBUSH.AND AS FOR BOB BARR HE WAS TOSSED OUT OF OFFICE FOR HIS ROLE IN THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT, AND HE WAS DOING WORSE THAN WHAT BILL DID.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Barr......The DNC has lost all credibility and the RNC was robbed by the man in charge of the money. Go figure......As am African American female voter, loyal supporter of Hillary Clinton and admire and respect former President Bill Clinton, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE HEADLINES WHEN MY AFRICAN AMERICAN SISTERS AND BROTHERS WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT BARACK OBAMA IS A FRAUD AND HAS TOO MANY SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSET...... TALK ABOUT A PROBLEM...YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET....................
that the ticket barr/clinton two out of wack interests we all need our side shoe two of the baffons occupied
Barrr is the BEST!
Bill Clinton was impeached by this clown. How interesting?
Concerned Canadian...your opinion doesn't even matter. Go clean up your own front yard and quit being a "nosy neighbor" who has no vote and no solicited opinion in OUR election.
what a guy. maybe he and hillary can run on the same ticket.
who is this guy? when how, what where??
Hillary should run with him. she is so desperate.............
You are right about that Ralph
He's just a Republican who doesn't have enough support to be a real candidate.
Key QUOTES to REMEMBER my fellow democratic voters:
1. Prominent Georgia Republican in the House.
2. Left the REPUBLICAN Party in 2006, can we risk 4 yrs? QUESTIONABLE at best.....
3. His positions on SOME issues have left some Libertarians UNSURE about his candidacy.
4. OPPOSED legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
5. Supported the Patriot Act.
6. co-sponsored the DEFENSE of Marriage Act.
7. Questionable time frame from 2006, until April 2008 that he would form a presidential exploratory committee.
Who is he and what party is he truly for again?
I suppose some conservatives might vote for him because he does have conservative values, but not libertarians... he is anything but that.
Libertarians will have to form a new party to get a true libertarian on the ticket.
Is he serious? I will never understand how some people do not realize when one looks silly.
@Obama the Politician; if you want to be that stupid and blame Obama's people for statements Hillary has made several times then that's on you but to suggest that the rest of us beleive Hillary was making a comment regarding history IS A SHAM!!! Get over it fool, Hillary is losing and is the BIGGEST SHAM.
I would vote for him any day before I voted for Nobama.
A real alternative for the "true" conservatives. ----Go get em, Barr
Go Barr! Even as a Libertarian, you make a better Repubican than McCain, the flip-flopper. McCain
McCain graduated 3rd from the bottom at Naval Academy, not ready for prime time in 2000 and past his prime in 2008 – – clueless on the economy, foreign policy, flip-flops, double-speaks, extremist and flawed spiritual advisors, close ties and friends with unscupulous lobbyist – – at best he’s an enigma and at worse he’s the 16 personalities of Sybil.
Go Barr! Even as a Libertarian, you make a better Repubican than McFlip-Flop.
McCain graduated 3rd from the bottom at Naval Academy, not ready for prime time in 2000 and past his prime in 2008 – – clueless on the economy, foreign policy, flip-flops, double-speaks, extremist and flawed spiritual advisors, close ties and friends with unscupulous lobbyist – – at best he’s an enigma and at worse he’s the 16 personalities of Sybil
Countdown to Hillary Declaring Bob Barr as her running mate:
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Nothing would please me more than to see our two current and worthless parties split into 4 or 5 or 6 others.
This is ridiculous, who cares what Bob Barr (WHO IS HE?)says, this is not news, this is not an issue, it is a waste of time. Where is Ralph Nader when you need him, atleast we know who he is.
I guess Bob Barr is another reason why Obama will win: Barr will be the main attraction for the die-hard conservatives.
The mess gets bigger every day for the republican party. Gonna be fun this fall.
So this guy is a 'former' Republican? Funny, but after the egregious handling of the economy, gas prices, health care, the quagmire war, and just about everything else, there's NO WAY I'll be voting for anything resembling a Republican, former or present. Now go away, like a good little political pawn, Mr. Barr. I'm sure your GOP masters have some cloak and dagger dirty work for you to do....
Bill was caught "having sex" with one woman and denied it to Congress. The Republicans are "screwing" everyone since gaining control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress. The whole bunch shoud be impeached.