August 19th, 2008
08:05 AM ET
6 years ago

Barr makes his case


Watch Barr on CNN's American Morning

(CNN) - Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr Tuesday said he’s lost his faith in government since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“The government has taken tremendous liberties with our liberty, taking away our liberty in the name of fighting terrorism, using fear to take away people's rights and their privacy in this country,” Barr said during an interview with CNN American Morning’s Kiran Chetry. “And that's caused me and a lot of Americans to lose a great deal of faith in the government, which ought to be protecting our liberties, not taking them away.”

Barr, a former Republican representative from Georgia, is fighting to be included in the national dialogue. He unsuccessfully sued to be included in last weekend’s forum hosted by Rev. Rick Warren that included Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, and Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee.

The former Republican said the two major parties were excluding him from the national debates because they want to maintain their lock on national politics.

“They simply don't want the competition from an outsider, so to speak, somebody that might make them feel uncomfortable by raising some issues, some new perspectives, some new choices for the American people,” Barr said. “They like playing the game within the confines of their very closed system that they can control.”

The libertarian nominee, who is currently polling at 3 percent nationally according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted last month, said his goal was raise his support to 15 percent nationally so that he can participate in the official presidential debates this fall.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Tony

    If it hurts McCain's chances, I hope Barr stays in thru the November election.

    August 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Barr or Bust

    Barr is the answer!

    Barr / Paul '08

    August 19, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Guy

    Good, pull away McCain voters. You gotta love him.

    August 19, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    John McCain is worthless. He is no conservative and has moved many of his positions so much, you can't tell what he stands for. I'd vote for Obama before I voted for McCain.

    Support the true conservative. Support Bob Barr.

    Vote Barr '08!

    August 19, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |

    I might have to vote for this MOFO

    I am certainly not voting for mccain or BO..heck no

    August 19, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. v.a.

    bob barr is interesting and i'm tempted to support him, but he doesn't have a legitimate chance to do anything but up mccain's chances.. i understand why some of ya'll wanna vote for barr but you're just wasting your vote. voting on principle won't be as valuable to you when you're getting screwed by the mcbush administration. 8 years is enough.

    August 19, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. DJ in TX

    Barr actually makes some sense. In the name of "freedom", our civil liberties have been trounced upon. In the name of "fear", I can't even go to the gate at an airport to meet a family member. If we're so "safe" now, why hasn't that changed?

    Our national debt has gone up, our American companies, facilities, bridges, roads, are up for sell and foreign interest is buying up America. Theonly people that is helping, the upper 1%.

    I just don't see how anyone could vote for a Republican.

    August 19, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Good words Mr. Barr.

    On to oher news:

    What does being held prisioner for five years have anything to do with the Presidendy? John McCain is NO hero. He is a traitor to the USA. If he were this hero, why are so many vets against him? Why is he called SongBird McCain? Why can't the hero release all of his military records?

    It is really sickening how CNN is in the tank for this guy. If this isck, ugly, insane liar gets elected we the people will pay. This dog belongs a mental ward where he can receive proper care. But no, people actually want to make him the most powerful person in the USA. This is insane, totally insane.

    August 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Sherry, Atlanta

    ALSO, this holds true for John McCain!

    August 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. GO Away!!

    Take your 3 percent to the House !!!

    August 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Janice JOhnson

    Barr is a hypocrite !
    While he was pursuing Clinton to have Clinton impeached he was having an affair – and yest the American people recall that.
    Janice J
    Denver CO

    August 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. John in Ohio

    Barr is the only choice for real conservatives.

    The media is focused on all the faux bickering and arguing in the "Democrat" Party, courtesy of Republicans posing as Democrats in the internet's anonymity. They're ignoring the fact that the Republican Party is dying. The Republican brand this election year is toxic. McCain can only define himself in his opposition to Obama, he doesn't have anything of his own, he has nothing going for him. And on the state and local levels, it's not much better. Punditry aside, the country is angry at the Republicans, angry at Bush, and the Republican party is split between moderates, militant neoconservatives, and religious fundamentalists.

    The religious fundamentalists are tired of being used by the Republicans, and have made it clear that they will probably sit this one out. In desperation, the Republicans are now trying to pimp the abortion issue again, and it remains to be seen if the fundies will be fooled again. The militant neoconservatives aren't happy with how moderate McCain is, but the moderates aren't happy with how badly the neoconservatives screwed up the country. Yeah, Iraq is starting to wind down, but at the expense of our economy, our schools, our national infrastructure, and McCain hasn't put a lot of ideas out there for how to fix that. The moderates are McCain's strength, but they've been alienated by the religious fundyism of Bush's years. They don't want the party to take a pro-life stand, and they don't want the government involved in our personal lives. They're not happy with all the freedoms we've surrendered during the Bush years.

    August 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I hope that Barr does well as this country is in desperate need of a legitimate third party. I am a lifelong Democrat who has voted for cndidates in both of the major parties and I fully support Barack this cycle. However, having only two choices over the years had made for some choices to be the lesser of two evils instead of supporting the best person. Adding a 3rd major party may force all involved to truly revise the way that they do things and put our country first (not just as a slogan McCain!)!!

    August 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. JER

    Bob Barr is a REAL conservative not a neocon. Wake up!

    August 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Thanks Bob for coming to the rescue. It's our turn to have a "Nader".


    An Obama voter

    August 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Denise Groves

    Wonderful! Take voters away from McCain!

    August 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. McCain Lies!

    Of course mccain will try and stop you buddy because you will take away some of the little votes he will get. Watch your back Barr, you know what those repugs are capable of.

    August 19, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Mike

    Former Republican voting for Bob Barr here.

    I am ashamed of what happened to my party over the past 20 years. I'm a Conservative, and the Republican Party no longer represents me.

    Barr – a true conservative!

    August 19, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Mike

    Former Republican voting for Bob Barr here.

    I am ashamed of what happened to my party over the past 20 years. I'm a Conservative, and the Republican Party no longer represents me.

    Barr – a true conservative!!

    August 19, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. DMAC in ID/ Independent thinking

    This man is right. And a judge backed out on getting him on the Saddle back discussions. Some real dumb excuses from this judge. The more I check into this man the more I like him.
    Independent thinker.

    August 19, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Deb, Allentown, PA

    If it came down to a vote between McCain and Barr, I'd definitely vote Barr. McCain will continue to erode our liberties, legislating abortion, surveillance, etc., while getting us involved in additional wars either for oil or because he can't keep a lid on his temper.

    August 19, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Vote your issues - Stupid

    I honestly wish he'd get more support. My vote...Barr '08

    August 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Brina

    Mr. Barr keep fighting to be included.

    August 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Kathy

    Ask any Georgian about Bob Barr and his 4 wives!! He is a pitiful loser who backed BUSH all the WAY!! So vote for Barr is another vote for BUSH! Bob is so worried about our rights and freedoms, yet his entire career was made telling women what they can do with their bodies, telling people who and who cannot get married, and trying to make this a Christian nation and not one of religious freedoms. PLEASE BECOME AN INFORMED VOTER AND LOOK AT THIS IDIOT'S RECORD.

    August 19, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Ian

    I look forward to posts like, "Who?", because it's so hillarious that we have no idea who is representing our country.

    August 19, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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