May 8th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Former Republican to seek Libertarian presidential nomination

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr will announce Monday that he will run for president as a Libertarian, a source close to the Georgian told CNN.

Barr will officially declare his candidacy at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The four-term congressman left the GOP in 2006, saying that Republicans had "lost their core principles."

Barr made a name for himself in Congress for his ardent conservative philosophy and his role in President Clinton's impeachment. He lost a primary election in 2002.

Last month, Barr formed a presidential exploratory committee as he weighed a run for the White House. The source said that Barr had been considering a presidential bid "for several months. He currently runs Liberty Strategies, a consulting firm in Atlanta and Washington.

Barr joins a handful of other candidates seeking the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination including former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Libertarians meet in Denver on May 22 for a four day convention where members will choose the party's presidential nominee.

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soundoff (141 Responses)

    He's running for VP.

    May 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. gerald strother

    Limbaugh: today said he could not keep back this info of cliniton was the ones that gave the TAPE OF Rev. Wright TO RUN ON TV AGAIN CLINITON HAS NO SHAME

    May 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. rachel

    hmm someone else to vote for.

    May 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    Obama is arrogant and inexperienced. Even if he gets elected, will be a weak President. And he will divide this nation even more! Think about your future!

    May 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. patrick b

    Someone had to fill the role of "Right Wing nutjob" in this election.

    May 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. judi in NJ

    Ok. I am a white woman over 60 and if Hillary steals the primary election, I could vote for Bob Barr. At lease he believes in the Constitution.

    May 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Archie Conservative

    This is what all true conservatives have been waiting for–a return to conservative principles!
    McThuseluh is no Republican, just Clinton-lite.

    May 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    Bob Barr could be just what the Democrats ordered. Mr. Barr will give the right leaning Republicans a chance to vote for someone that thinks like they do as opposed to the phony McCain. We hear about the Hillary and Obama battle but we do not see Republicans talking about the 25% of the vote in No. Carolina and Indiana that did not vote for McCain. To all McCain backers, how do you want this war to continue in Iraq paid for with money that we do not have?

    May 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Pat Riot

    You bleeding heart liberals are so short sighted and helpless. And you diehard neo-cons are so afraid and angry. You get so involved in politics because you think that government can make your life better. It's very misguided. Libertianism is about having a heart and a brain. The difference is that we promote the idea of charity on a personal level instead of a welfare state. Obama won't save the world and Hillary isn't going to make your bills any more affordable. If you want to change your community then do it yourself.

    May 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    This is great. I'm a conservative republican, but I simply can't vote for John McCain. Bob Barr will have my vote in November.

    May 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. carrie

    u hav to be an idiotic hillary supporter
    why are u making up baseless storeis?
    so what id obama is muslim,thou he isnt
    are u trying to say muslims dont have the same rights other american citizens have?
    then u must be an uneducated racist clinton supporter.
    pls jump off a cliff and make this world a better place by your absence

    May 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Olivia

    Just saw the article "Obama in jeans".
    Give him a real fight Mr Barr.......his fit in jeans doesn't look so impressive......I would say downright average.

    So, I'm giving the article the attention it deserves.

    May 8, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. carrie

    racism thrives in this country.
    you just need to read the comments made by the clinton supporters.
    this page is about party nominees,of which clinton is not one
    so why are u bringing her up,you losers?

    May 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Clinton supporters, stop talkaing about her being forced out. The only thing forcing her out is that she was out-organized and out-campaigned by a political newcomer who has caught on to a deep and pervading desire in this country to see the partisan bickering stopped.
    As a white older American, I applaud his honesty, his integrity, and his truly gifted way of bringing people of all colors, ages, and religions together; that is, if you lay aside your pre-conceived political and racial biases, take a step back, and actually look at the kind of human being he has been and is. He is a member of a Church whose former pastor said some controversial things. If you are a member of a Church whose pastor never challenged the political status quo, I pity you. Barack Obama joined a Church, a great Church, which grew to be great under the inspired leadership of Jeremiah Wright. Listen to his other sermons. Rev Wright is an immensely inspiring preacher, who after retirement, turned out to be a human being with the same kind of shortcomings that many of us share with him.
    If you haven't read about it before, look up "The Tuskegee Study on the effect of Non-treatment of Syphilis in Black Males," a study that lasted from 1932-1972. Perhaps if you read it, you will understand the deep hostility toward a government which at times was immoral and hate-filled toward the black race. If you haven't read it, just be silent – you don't know and can't know what you are talking about..

    May 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Independant Thinker

    Congressman Barr,

    I am not sure of your church affiliation, but as a presidential African American male candidate from GA, the press will scrutinize your pastor and his sermons.

    May 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Hillary, the hardened Heart!!!

    Limbaugh is thinking that everyone is as dumb just as he is. We do not want you to tell us whom to support. Either democrat will be great but not a warmonger or a soon alzheimer-to be. McCain, please go home because it's too late for you to be called Mr president; now it's your alzheimer time.

    See a doctor mr mcbush would be better for you than running for this office!!!

    May 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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