June 12th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Paul: 'People will have a chance' with Barr


Watch Ron Paul's interview Thursday.

(CNN)— Rep. Ron Paul had some words of praise for recently declared Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr Thursday, calling him a ‘very positive’ influence on the presidential race.

Paul, who never officially ended his own Republican presidential bid, told American Morning Anchor John Roberts, “[Barr] talks our language, so I do really believe that he can have a very positive effect in this campaign and let the people know that limited government is a very, very important message.”

Echoing the principals he based his own presidential run on, the Texas congressman said Americans’ voices will be heard with Barr, and he “gives everybody a choice in the matter.”

Barr, who was a former four-term Republican congressman from Georgia, left the GOP to join the Libertarian Party in 2006 and officially won the its presidential nomination late last month.

Asked of speculation surrounding the creation of his own convention in September, Paul said he and his supporters won’t be there to cause problems for the Republican Party.

“We’re not going to disrupt them,” he said. “We’re not going to demonstrate as much as present a positive case for values that we believe should be the Republican values.”

Paul, who has made it clear in past interviews he will not support John McCain because of their differing views, said again Thursday he disagrees with the Arizona senator on foreign policy and economic relief.

“I would say [McCain] does not represent limited government values, and the republicans deserve to hear the other side of the story.”

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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. b black

    Thanks Bob! your a true republican and I just cant give my vote to juan mccain!

    Barr 08!

    June 12, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Lisa

    Thank you Ron Paul!!!! I'm glad to know we have another choice to choose from. We have two complete idiots running for office. They kicked the best quailfied person out of the race so we don't have enough to go on. The DNC is trying to shove Obama down our throats and it's not working. We didn't like Obama then and we sure don't like him now.

    June 12, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Greg, NY

    Ron Paul and John McCain, weren't they the two guys arguing over whether or not the Earth was flat?

    Unfortunately, even though Ron Paul was right about it being round, in that period of time it gave him a reputation of being 'crazy' that sticks until this day...

    June 12, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis


    Obama losing votes to Nader and the 18 PUMA PAC psychos. Not 18 million, just 18.

    McCain losing votes to Barr.

    So it all evens out.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. fairandstraight

    LOL- why didn't the republicans vote for him. You talk about being bitter for recieving 1 or 2 votes.

    June 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Gerry

    Well, there is one critical difference between Ron Paul and John McCain.

    Ron Paul knows how to use a computer, John McCain doesn't.

    June 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Lisa

    Are Obama and Mccain the best qualified candidates America could find to lead this country? Obama is good at giving speeches but not so good at answering questions. Mccain can't give speeches or answer questions. Obama sold Americans on change, change what? Mccain still think we can win the war in Iraq when we already lost. I took $500 US dollars to Europe last week, they gave me $200 Euros back. The US dollar is like monopoly money in other countries. WE NEED BILLARY BACK!!!!

    June 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Lisa

    Obama said $30 is not a lot of money, shouldn't he be running as a Republican? $30 is a lot if you only have 50 cents on the bank.

    June 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Joe B.

    Even if you don't agree with Ron Paul's views, you have to give him credit for standing up for his beliefs. Unlike most politicians, he does consult polls and triangulate public opinions before he takes a stand.

    June 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Wow......a sound byte from the past........everybody has to have a dream......

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Bob/NH

    If the nominee was Ron Paul instead of McCain I would be voting for Ron Paul...So would a lot of others.

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. donna

    Billary is right where they belong..AT HOME...Obama was not shoved down our throats..can't really be mad at him for running a GREAT CAMPAIGN and getting people behind him regardless of his message...There is a lot of things that need to be CHANGED around here if people haven't noticed...

    Billary lost the campaign on her OWN merits..be mad if you want but place the blame where it belongs...on BILLARY...

    June 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Pete

    The Libertarian Party looks more attractive every day.

    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Jim Shimmer

    Ron Paul is a true republican. McSame is a republican in disguise.

    I like Bob Barr.


    June 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Enlightened Voter -

    Thank you Obama for being a breath of fresh air. I truly believe the universe is giving us a chance to save ourselves, hope we don't blow it.

    June 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Joe Six

    How can anyone but a fascist support Barr? Barr has never been a libertarian. He has always been one of those guys who knew better than everyone else, and he was all too willing to impose his view of the world on people. Libertarians want to get the government off our back in the social and personal liberty areas, not just economic. That means get the government out of the business of regulating a woman's right to choose, gay-bashing, the 10 Commandments in court houses, etc. I wouldn't vote for Barr or Paul for dog catcher.

    June 12, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. khma, San Jose, CA

    If you have 50 cents in the bank, then you probably won't have a car to drive and you don't need gas tax holiday. If you drive a car, then yes $ 30 from gas tax holiday is not much compared to negative effect from bad road condition. I rather have a good road rather then to have $30.

    June 12, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    For all those Americans who really believe that the American Presidency is about more than a stupid war and a vendetta on the rich–there is an alternative.

    Bob Bar...2008
    The Libertarian Party–seeks only to ensure and guarantee the liberty and freedom already given us in the constitution and bill of rights. Anything more--you'll have to go to the two other corrupt major parties.

    Vote Libertarian–vote Bob Barr 2008.

    June 12, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    The universe is giving us a chance???

    Where in reality are you??

    June 12, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Why would a woman ever vote for McCain?

    This is about more than Roe vs. Wade. Obama has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood. While McCain has consistently voted against women's issues such as affordable health insurance for our children, equal pay for women, making birth control part of employee health care benefits and cancer screenings for low income women. Someone give me a reasonable explanation for why any woman in her right mind would vote for this man? You're a liar if you say you are supporting Hillary by voting for a man who is against everything she stands for.

    June 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Anthony

    Lisa – I have barely anything in the bank – $30 is not a lot of money in this context.

    June 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Neal Klomp

    The disappointing thing about conservative movements in this country is that too often the values are cherry picked without regard for context, i.e. the borderline moronic economic policy of Ron Paul and the libertarian party's completely ignoring that their core values were workable historically a hundred years ago, but were set a side in the interest of defending the people from the monopolies; or the undercurrent of present day bigotry that historically very nearly performed genocide on the Native Americans.
    True conservatives should be about values as a total package not some half-baked nostalgia for Hollywood presentations of past eras.
    For instance, "all men are created equally..." or "judge not lest yee be judged..." or "government of the people, by the people, and for the people..." in a time when to be greedy was to be amoral.
    Too many people are conservative as if they don't have to read a book. Such local, or shallow, conservativeness, is what produces the likes of Al Qaeda and Dick Cheney (not that Dick doesn't read, but that he does not read well, or too broadly; his manipulation of the intelligence vetting process shows his disregard for truth, context, or conflicting realities that broad reading produces).

    June 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Andy in Virginia

    I'm a former Ron Paul supporter and I will be voting for Bob Barr.

    Never McCain.

    June 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. MD in OK

    Who? I really don't know much about him.

    Lisa, if you only have 50 cents in the bank , that's not a Democrat or Republican problem; it's a personal budget problem.

    June 12, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Allen In NC

    I read some of the lady bloggers comments on here..... And then they wonder why a woman wasn't nominated?..... Read some of hillarys supporters remarks and then ask yourselves again.... Why in gods name would we the people want such an attitude in the whitehouse?.... If I can't have it no one can.... You grown people had better grow up I'd say...... Your canidate set women back in time for decades.... And you lady hillary supporters can't see the writting on the wall.

    June 12, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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