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. Robb

    Barr has my vote and support. When he gets into the debates I believe his stances will suprise and intrigue a lot of people.

    August 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. jimmy


    August 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Dan , TX

    The republicans no longer care about balancing the budget. They think that people making over $1 million a year need a bigger tax break. When taxes are too high, it can hurt the economy. So cutting taxes make sense. But when taxes are not too high, cutting them more is stupid. McCain is going to generate a budget deficit much larger than Obama's plan calls for. How can a real republican vote for McCain. It makes no sense.

    The republican party is telling republicans to bend over and take it. Just ask Larry Craig.

    August 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. A.J. in Fla

    Mr. Barr, I think you are a good man with very good intentions, however I also think your comments about liberty area little bit exagerated.

    Perhaps you need to open up the windows and let the fresh air in..!!!

    August 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. David

    Sadly, most people don't know this guy would be a better choice than the two clowns from the crappy two-party elites system.

    August 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Americans

    I have been reading post under other headings and i must admit I am sadden by the over all knowledge and hatred of my fellow americans. I mean as an independent who clearly view this election from the middle, I am a 38 year old white man, I am a Navy Vet was involved in the first Gulf war, I have many friends who has served in Iraq and also my sister in the Air Force who has been to Iraq twice. To me the choice for America in this election is easy, I respect John McCain for his service but we need to get away from our old policies when it comes to over seas. The world around us has changed and we can no longer bully countries with our military strength (ie Russia) we need someone who has the intelect to use conversation and not anger. If you look around the world most countries has elected younger smarter presidents and prime ministers we need to make sure the person at the table has the wit and speaking skills to make America appear as smart if not smarter.
    As an Ex- military person for Navy Intellegence please get over this sparing and hatred between ourselves and come together for once and elect the person for presedent that will put us in the best position around the world and that person is Obama. After the next four years you can all go back to your party hatred and elect who you want. Please for now elect Obama I don't agree with some of his views but he is America best hope for these horrible times.

    August 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    Barr is the real deal!

    Go Barr go!

    August 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Barr should have lost his faith in George W. Bush, the most stupid president this country has ever had, known!

    August 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Will, NJ

    This guy would be my second choice.

    August 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Paul from Nutley NJ

    Yes, Barr is a wise choice.

    For fun, watch him trying to explain his "libertarian" values as they apply to his anti-gay values.

    It's almost as bad as watching McCain try to explain why insurance companies shouldn't cover birth control, but should cover Viagra.

    August 19, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Mike - Texas

    Barr, you have been over the top for some time now.

    You even make Ron Paul and Ralph Nadar look good.

    August 19, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. James

    There is no amount of safety worthy of the price of freedom. If you disagree with that sentiment then you disagree with the underpinnings of this experiment called America, period.

    Feel free to disagree with Mr. Barr, I'm a lifelong Libertarian and I certainly don't agree with him on every policy issue, but to say that a vote for him, or anyone else, is wasted is a disgusting, abhorrent, horrific idea. The idea that a vote can be wasted is analogous to saying that an opinion or set of values doesn't matter simply because it isn't popular. It means that the norm will always be. If you believe that votes can be wasted then you are truly living in the wrong country and undeserving of a vote.

    August 19, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    I don't disagree with Rep. Barr's comments in this article. I think too many of our rights and liberties have been abrogated in the name of national security. However, I just don't agree with on enough of the issues he didn't talk about to vote for him. I might vote him over McCain, If those were my only 2 options.

    August 19, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Steve Green

    Just what we need...another Clinton hater!

    August 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What liberties do you people think you have lost? You can still make the same stupid rants you always have, vote for totally unqualified rock stars, attend racist black liberation churches, and vote to raise taxes on the succcessful to support the lazy and stupid. I fail to see what Americans can't do today that they could do before 9/11, except perhaps to watch TV without some bogus Obama ad.

    August 19, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Scott in Pgh

    Barr is a libertarian in the same way that McCain is genuine, Obama is trustworthy, and Bush is...well.. anything postitive. As a libertarian who usually votes republican as the lesser of two evils, I thought this would be the year a good libertarian would at least bring some attention to the ideals. Instead we get Barr? Looks like I'll be voting Nader this year. Although I disagree with most of his stances, at least I think he actually believes them and isn't just spewing party positions.

    August 19, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Mike from CA.

    It only speaks of the stupidity of McCain supporters and the bias of all media, especially CNN, when at the Warren forum, Obama followed the rules and gave thoughtful and intelligent answers to his questions, and McCain hammered on this stump speech and lies. What happened to Warren's comment to Obama that he didn't want his stump speech. Forgot it when it came to McCain?

    I don't know what the CNN talking heads, Crowely in particular, were listening to, when afterward they praised McCain for his missearble answers. Media bias in favor of Obama is a Lie spread by McCain and his supporters.

    August 19, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. glenn

    Without civil liberties there is no America. The damage to our freedoms by the Bush Administration goes beyond belief. It's an utter insult to the verterns who have fought and died for our freedom as well as everyone's mission in this country to protect the Constitution.(Not the Presidency) Bob Barr's voice needs to be heard loud and clear! He is a true patriot. Thanks Bob.
    Southern W/M Democrat

    August 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Jesse Cahill

    I wonder if Mr. Barr has ever heard of Duverger's Law?

    August 19, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Kathy

    As long as it hurts McCain's chances!

    August 19, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. philosopher, alabama

    Libertarian = dumb and confused

    August 19, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. feduptahere

    To everyone who continues to espouse that a vote for Barr (or any other third party candidate) is a wasted vote, speak for yourself. My vote is only wasted if I feel it is wasted. If McCain can't close the deal and he looses, it will not be Bob Barr's fault or the people who voted for him. Don't presume to speak for me as if you know more that I do.

    August 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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