April 5th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Barr forming presidential exploratory committee

(CNN) - Former GOP Congressman Bob Barr told reporters in Kansas City Saturday he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, and will make the final decision on whether for run for the Libertarian Party’s nomination before the Memorial Day weekend.

Barr represented Georgia's 7th congressional district from 1995-2003. Barr formally left the Republican Party in 2006.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. ck

    sounds good to me. the more options the better. these other three clowns are all the same on the inside.

    April 5, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Peg

    Will he syphon off votes from the Republicans? If so, that's great, otherwise, I hope he doesn't run. Nader is enough of a problem.

    April 5, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. I used to be a Democrat

    Wow. This is interesting... Libertarianism is making a comeback for sure.

    April 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. James

    Run, Bob Barr, Run!

    April 5, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Henry


    April 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Jack

    If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, I will vote for McCain or Barr

    April 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. XMS


    April 5, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Phil

    Bob Barr rEVOLution!

    April 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Chipo

    Go for it, we need one good reason to vote, one person to support. I know I would bever vote for BHO or MCan't

    April 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. prakash chand

    run as an independent,get both democratic and republican votes

    April 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. J. Forbes, Texas Independent

    Have fun losing, Barr.

    April 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Apple Pie

    Still dreaming the impossible dream. Libertarians can be praised for one thing only, and that it their willingness to ignore reality when they find it inconvenient. There are 5% of the people who buy into that bizarre collection of beliefs, but they are convinced that the whole world will follow them someday. They just think we're not listening to them. They remind me of my father, who used to say, "Son, it's not your fault that you are so mistaken about so many things. It is my fault for not explaining them well enough for you to understand." This would begin another long lecture on the proper conduct for a young man. I would have much preferred a spanking to the lecture.

    April 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. CA

    And the award for denial and futility in a supporting role goes to...

    April 5, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Allen

    Ok Who is Bob Barr again? And why is this news worthy?

    April 5, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Tom

    What is his platform ..... how does he feel about ILLEGAL ALIENS?
    So many questions.....but we really need someone that cares about
    America, not the seated President nor the 3 left running for the office so
    myself and my family are willing to listen ...

    April 5, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. GA teacher

    Great idea! This might split the republican vote and allow an Obama general election landslide!!! Obama '08

    April 5, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Rich

    Good luck running against Mike Gravel... Mike Gravel's avant-garde campaign commercials on YouTube will easily win him the Libertarian nomination, despite the fact that Mike Gravel holds many policy positions that go against what other Libertarians believe in. And Cynthia McKinney will win the Green Party nomination easily, as well. Ralph Nader will probably run on the Reform Party ticket. All 3 of them are former Democrats: Mike Gravel was a Democratic Senator from Alaska, Cynthia McKinney was a Democratic Congresswoman from Georgia, and Ralph Nader was a former advisor to Democratic President Jimmy Carter. As for the Constitution Party, who knows who they will nominate?

    By the way, I was just joking about Mike Gravel winning the Libertarian nomination... he has no chance, since many of his policies are different from the Libertarian ones: Mike Gravel wants to fight global warming, he wants universal healthcare, and those are both contrary to Libertarians, who want government to stay out of both of those areas. Bob Barr has a much better chance of winning the Libertarian nomination, since he actually agrees with the Libertarian Party on the issues. I think the best candidate for the Libertarian Party would be Ron Paul, who could easily win their nomination, but he is not running. Too bad.

    April 5, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Herman LA, CA

    I am tired of this bull crap where these politicians just jump up and all of a sudden say they want to run for president like Ross Perot, Jesse Venture, Bob Bar, and all of the rest.

    You know there should be a law that if you plan on running for president of the United States then you should do it before a certain time frame. Once the primary’s begins then you should not be able to just jump up and say oh I think I want to run for president the highest office of the land this is absurd and ridiculous.

    April 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Delta Dave

    Bob Who????

    April 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Joe Black

    Bob Barr, now that names brings back memories...... Oh yea! This:

    "In 1999, during the impeachment trial of President Clinton, Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered money to anyone who could provide evidence that a prominent Republican had engaged in an extramarital affair. According to the American Journalism Review, "Barr was one of 13 House Republicans chosen to act as prosecutors in Clinton's Senate trial. Barr, Flynt's investigators found, was guilty of king-size hypocrisy: An outspoken foe of abortion, the Georgia lawmaker had acquiesced to his then-wife having an abortion in 1983. And he had invoked a legal privilege during his 1985 divorce proceeding so he could refuse to answer questions on whether he'd cheated on his second wife with the woman who is now his third."[

    So he is running as the candidate for the Hypocrite Party?

    April 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Lancaster John

    Holy smoke, I thought the Republicans had things sorted out. Now Barr is thinking of running as a Libertarian candidate. Hey guy the election is all but over and you're not part of it. Maybe you could team up with that other perennial loser Ralph Nader, the guy who never knew when to quit. He's a political joke and so are you. Get a life and let the real candidates get on with their campaigning!

    April 5, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Ryan

    The more choices the merrier. There's 300 million people in this country. Can we get some new people in Washington, DC please? And there's more then 2 parties in this country. Can we have someone besides a Dem or a Rep?

    April 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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