May 26th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
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Barr: Obama and McCain the real spoilers


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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."

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Mike O

    Of course, not a single mention of Ralph Nader, the spoiler for the other side. That wouldn't work toward the purpose at hand; Ralph will have to buy any coverage he gets.

    May 26, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Bill

    Funny how what Obama says is the truth. Yet when Hillary screws up it is "I misspoke, or it was taken out on context, or I was tired, or I forgot. You people are just sheep being fleeced by the Clintons. Oh, just for the record, I did not see anything wrong with what she said. Just like I did not see anythng wrong with the so called bitter, religion, and guns comment by Obama. However, you people sure jumped all over it.

    May 26, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    Another extreme comes on the scene, not to change America, but to fulfill a personal ego. Pretty pathetic!

    May 26, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. After further review,Texas

    Looks Operation CHAOS for the far right.Good.

    May 26, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. El Máximo Gutierrez



    JES WE CAN jes we can JES WE CAN jes we can JES WE CAN

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 26, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. MD

    Barr is a bird of thousand different feathers! Another Liebermann! Shunned by his original party, he is looking for his last 15 minutes of fame.

    However, this is good news for Obama. Barr will pull more Rupublican votes than Democrat votes. He can be a huge factor in Obama's victory in November.

    Welcome aboard! Obama supporter thank you.

    May 26, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. browntown

    bob barr expects americans to vote for him because he's honest, right? when will he begin to be honest about his race? is he or is he not a black man and why is he so ashamed to tell us that he is? i am black and i am proud of it. i think if he is honest he should let us know this information.

    May 26, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Crush Rush

    Yea,he should sink any chance McCain had.Thanks Bob Barr.

    May 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Marcos, Los Angeles

    I'm a Republican and I'm planning on voting for Obama. The GOP deserves to lose for the next decade, and maybe that's what it will take for it to get its act together. That said, if it looks like Obama will win by a comfortable lead in my state, I'll vote for Barr. Although the GOP has most recently been the ruination of this country, the underlying problem is the two-party system. It is vital that we break the back of the GOP/Democrat duopoly. By the way, I was a big McCain supporter in 1999-2000. I think the GOP replaced him with an android.

    By the way, it's really sad to see the ignorance of those attacking Barr. Knee jerking really is bipartisan, and there are morons in both parties. I guess that's what the politicians rely upon.

    May 26, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Glenn

    This is one sicko!

    May 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Elly

    this guy is irrevelant just like his opinion!!!
    Just another ridiculous spoiler!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Athan

    National Electoral Vote by state won so far
    CLINTON 308
    Obama 224

    That is the only measure that counts.

    May 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. voter

    What an opportunistic, hypocritical jerk!

    May 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Annette

    This guy is funny, why come with so few months left remaining for the general election and then call to candidates that have campaigned for more then that to say "spolier". The only folks that will vote their will be the ones that would have anyway or maybe a few of Ron Paul and Naders. He makes Obama that much more appealing.

    May 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Jed in Texas

    Thanks for Nafta Bill.Thanks for outsourcing millions of jobs to India and China.

    May 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. james, newport, KY

    Come on, this guy is a Republican. He supported the Patriot Act. No libertarian would ever support that nonsense.
    Against medical marijuana? Please.

    Truthfully, there are more independents and libertarian-thinking folks in this country than registered Republicans, but they have never had a decent candidate to represent them. Barr is not going to get more than 10% of the vote and Nadar even less.

    May 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. DeeJam

    Yeah, Obama is going to spoil your run for president.

    May 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Gaias Child

    The Libertarian Party is having something of a split itself, old party, new party. Of course, how old can you be born in 1971? LP's growing pains have to do with, shudder, electability!!! By definition, anarchists won't or can't govern. They've traditionally been useful to the sector that wants to de-regulate, which is everybody in heavy corporations and heavily depending on stock market profits and annual reports. Sorta the Exxon mobile group. Libertarians are useful to them. Still, I watched the convention with interest for there is a growing viability in a third party. Only trouble is, the Libertarians who want public office will have to govern. That gets the anarchist purist Libertarians confabulated. All they want is to free of any and all regulation, taxes and government. I guess they drive on our roads but why should they help pay for them?

    May 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Jose'

    Barr over Obama '08!!

    May 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. No McSame

    The Joe (loser-man) Leiberman of the republican party. I love it.
    Obama for sure 08
    Keith Olbermann press secretary

    May 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. prairieguy

    He's a neocon Republican not a Libertarian...boy he sure fooled them.

    He is the 2008 Nader for the Republicans...hahahaha!!!!

    What a joke!

    May 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Tom

    I think I'll run as the Blue Party.............

    May 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Citizen

    A jealous, stupid, dumb, low-educated, joke. This is an example of the dumbazzez running the white house.

    He actually hates the clintons, so why da hell is he trying to speak for hillary? (Notice I don't capitalize the name)

    A hating dumb joke.

    May 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Sam

    How can you judge McCain or Obama – after being kick out ot the Congress for what you did to your wife – Abortion! People are stupid to vote for you. You are not a godly person as you want people to think you are!

    May 26, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Bridgette - PA

    Definition of BoB Barr – a man whom is born to wreak havoc in the 2008 election to make sure the Republican nominee loses to the Democratic nominee!

    Thank You Bob Barr, you have no chance (not one, zilch, nadda) of winning against Barack Obama


    May 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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