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

Barr makes his case


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(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. James

    Good to hear he's in the race.

    Go Barr GO

    Why haven't we seen any stories envolving McCain's children from his first marriage?

    Could it be that they don't respect him? Are they refusing to be interviewed or are McCain's koolaid sippers, the mainstream media, protecting him like they did Edwards by not bringing attention to his adulterous past? Did McCain threaten them not to make any public statements?

    Or that they are following the golden rule-

    If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. I think that lack of support says volumes about not only McCain's family values but also his morals and his ethics.

    August 19, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Andrew Smith

    This nonsense about wasting your vote has got to stop. No vote is ever wasted. Not voting your conscience is absolutely apalling. Voting for the lesser of two evils is pathetic. All this talk about voter disenfranchisement happens because the two major parties have managed to rig the entire election process to benefit them and keep them in power. Third parties don't have a level playing field upon which to mount serious challenges unless they are ungodly rich, which continues to perpetuate the influence of MONEY in elections. Step back and take stock, America. Voting your conscience is the only way our frustration and dissatisfaction will be heard. If you don't like either candidate, then by god don't vote for them just because you think nobody else can win. A strong showing by a third party candidate will send a message to the establishment. Vote your conscience and don't listen to anyone who says a vote for a guy like Barr is a vote wasted. You're playing right into their hands.

    That said, I would like to vote for Bob Barr, but I don't know that I can trust him. He was a die-hard neo-con for many years and now holds positions completely opposite from what he held just a few years ago. I admire anybody that can change their mind but to do such a complete about-face concerns me. I definitely won't vote for either Obama or McCain. McCain is a warmongering neo-con, and Obama is a borderline socialist with no spine.

    August 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Timus

    Go Bob Barr go!!!

    August 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Barbara

    ANYBODY but McWarmonger. He gets too much of a gleam in his eye (not to mention that smirky little grin) any time war or conflict is mentions.

    Not Falling – you may be right. If not insane, at least demented and getting worse.

    August 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Saddleback pastor Rick Warren is a lier, if any one saw him in fox news with Sean Hannity they are all liers, who would do anthing to elect republican president, and get richer in the prosess, I do not know what obama was thinking to get interviewed by this lier that call themself christian and expect to get a fare game. Never again I hope Obama has learned not to trust any conservative, the only one I trust is God him self, it is historical fact if you are human you are biased and will go to what benefit you and warren proved that he was doing this for his own and the republican party benefit.

    August 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Andy J, NY


    Get a clue, bud.

    CNN and the media in general has been pulling for Obama for months.

    Wow. Typical liberal nut.

    Bob Barr is 10 times the candidate Obama or McCain is.

    I'm voting for Barr. I'll never vote for Obama, and, if i had to, i would vote for McCain. I'd rather not, though.

    We need some real choices, some real alternatives. Democrats and Republicans are the problem- each just as guilty as the other. WAKE UP, YOU FOOLS.

    August 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    no room for you mr. barr in this "two" party dictatorship.

    August 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Steve

    DJ, I agree with you 100% on your statement but I need someone to explain to me how all of this get's paid for/debt paid down without raising taxes. I have yet to hear any candidate who won't raise taxes explain this.

    August 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Darryl Miller

    It would be nice to see him as Senator Obama VP choice if he wasn't running for President him self.. I truly believe Obama has the leadership and can make the connection to bring changes about to change America for the better.

    August 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Barr, my scorecard has 3 insurmountable strikes against you. You are a former republican. You are a former right-wing conservative. You are mostly an unknown quantity to me.

    A vote for you is more dangerous to my best interests than a vote for the major candidate who stands against what I believe. Because, by the numbers every vote for you also means one less vote the other guy needs to win. That;s spells double trouble to me.

    August 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Kevin

    The Nader of 2008!

    He may win second place if people learn that Mccain cheated on his first wife after she was in a car accident.

    August 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. pat C.

    did anybody read the article on cindy McCain in huffington post, where she lied about being the only child. she has a sister that was written out of the fathers will. just like john...she is just as big of a fraud as he is. there whole life seems to be built on a lie to serve their own needs. McCains is lieing about his vietnam years as well as his adultery affair with his young enough bride to be his daughter and cindy stealing from her sister. this whole thing of him running on integrity is a joke. he wants the power to start wars and he is living in the past. we can not afford to let this man near our whitehouse. he is a fanantic and will destroy us.

    August 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. DR. YES

    all republicans should vote for barr.he is the TRUE conservative.

    August 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    DJ in TX August 19th, 2008 10:23 am ET

    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.

    This statement is the problem, YOU THINK DEMS ARE INNOCENT with all this that is going on, both parties are out to strip your freedoms for their own control. Get over the left and right BS, thats how they win is with a divided populus.

    August 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. ark.hillbilly

    vote bob barr!come republicans and independents,and join with the real conservative,and lets protect our liberty!

    August 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Joel in Corona

    Until we allow a 3rd party candidate the same opportunity to campaign as the other two, we are stuck. He should have been invited to Saddleback, and he should be allowed to debate with the other two clowns. Otherwise, the same-old, same-old goes on. Sorry, you bright-eyed and hopefull youngster... Obama is not about change. Voting along party lines is the definition of sameness.

    August 19, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. nobushthirdterm!

    Go, BARR! I'm voting Obama, but I hope that Bob Barr takes a HUGE bit out of McCain's reluctant support base.

    At least Barr has morals, ethics and a willingness to stick to his beliefs...

    unlike the pandering, shifting moral and ethical wasteland that is John "I KNOW [insert topic here]" McCain.

    You can respect Bob Barr even if you disagree with his politics.

    August 19, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. John

    I was going to vote McCain, but this guy sounds like more of a real conservative then him, so I'm going to vote for Barr now. Barr o8'

    August 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. lucy

    I am tired of these annoying people trying to grab a few minutes of fame. all that results is that we end up with yet another president elected by a minority of the electorate. speak up, by all means – but then get out of the way.

    August 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Lost soul


    Help us!

    Who should we vote for? Give us a sign.

    If not you then……

    August 19, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Lost soul

    Who should we vote for? Give us a sign.

    If not you then……

    HELP us who are lost

    August 19, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Some more news about McCain on the Rick Warren Show! Wow!

    John McCain says he plans to consult with Democratic Rep. John Lewis when he's president. Someone should tell Lewis.

    During Saturday's presidential forum at Rick Warren's California megachurch, John McCain was asked to name the "three wisest people" he would "rely heavily on" if elected president. He didn't cite close confidantes Phil Gramm and Randy Scheunemann, possibly because they have gotten McCain into trouble politically. Instead McCain chose Gen. David Petraeus; former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, one of his economic advisers; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a leading figure in the civil rights movement

    Rep. Lewis: McCain "Does Not Consult Me"

    August 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Jake

    I would actually support Barr. He isn't insane like most third party candidates and the Libertarian view point is one this country should look at for a few years.

    That is to say, reduce the amount of Government intervention in everything, which thereby reduces taxes, and allows the free economy to roll on its own with lots more money in people's pockets – hey isn't that what everyone talks about? But the major candidates only play lipservice to that idea.

    Why? Well, apparently for them, it's too hard to pull out of Iraq and refunnel that money into paying down the national debt to strengthen the dollar. It's too hard to cut huge government spending programs that do little to help those they are designed to help.

    Cut the waste out of Washington and watch a surplus form that can pay down our huge debts. With a very strong dollar, inflation goes down and foreign investments die off, allowing American companies to stay American.

    But the major candidates can't do that, because that goes against their party lines – what their constituents negotiated under the table to achieve. True outsiders need to be put in power once in a while to balance out the corruption. Barr, though not a true outsider, has experience within this system that may help him get a third party involved.

    August 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Please, all your fake PUMAs and Reptilicans of all stripes, vote for this clown instead of McSame and you'll feel the pain of everyone who saw what that horse's rear Ralph Nader did to destroy America in 2000....

    August 19, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. batman

    If cash equals friendship, then John McCain and the oil industry are best friends.

    The Arizona Republican has taken $1.4 million from oil industry employees in the 2007-2008 election cycle, more than any other politician, according to CRP.

    That's over three times as much as Barack Obama, who ranks just below Hillary Clinton as the highest Democrat recipient.

    August 19, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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