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

Paul: 'People will have a chance' with Barr


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(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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  1. Luke the Drifter

    We need the Federal Government out of our lives – both Obama and McCain are big-government politicians, reruns, as an Obama presidency would be a repeat of Carter, and McCain is essentially an LBJ clone –

    Barr / Root '08

    June 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Tim, New York

    Lisa, how much will that $30 help you when the bridge you just tried to drive over collapses under you because the money for its repairs was put into your purse? If all you need is political pandering to get you excited about a candidate then you should move to New York so you can keep supporting Hillary but please leave the safety of our roads and bridges to the engineers.

    June 12, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. MD

    Go Paul.

    I think as long as the Republicans continue to put forth their Golden Boys (like Bush and McCane), people should not vote Republican.

    June 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. mike

    Getout American voice is already heard and working hard, too. even now a 5 points ahead who know afternoon will be double.

    June 12, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Yessiree Bob

    you are a TRUE conservative, Bob Barr!!

    I encourage all republicans who are tired of McCain's wishy-washy positions on the ISSUES, to vote for a REAL candidate!

    Bob Barr!!

    June 12, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Minnesota Nice

    I'm writing in Ron Paul. If they won't let me, I'm taking them to court. We all know Ron Paul is the best candidate for President.

    June 12, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Although his ideals are profound–the man is a stumblebumkin–when it comes to communication.

    The Libertarian Party–clearly supports our constitution and bill of rights–and clearly denounces our current two party system tillted to economic or social special interests.

    There's gotta be a better way to lead the nation!!
    Bob Barr, 2008

    If it ain't broken don't fix it. If it doesn't support all Americans and the precepts of our society–remove. The only values necessary for our next President. Bob Barr 2008-

    Join us in the Libertarian Party.Org. every day we claim new DEM/REP who see that their leaders are in bed with the money and not the people!!! Join us and really create change in Washington!

    June 12, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. What if?

    To.............Lisa June 12th, 2008 10:12 am ET

    Are Obama and Mccain the best qualified candidates America could find to lead this country? WE NEED BILLARY BACK!!!!
    ----Hillary is living her millionaire life style, while voters like you sit steal in time concentrating on the what if….Oh by the way, she has been working on “health care” since she was the first lady, and if she except VP, that‘s her choice……The world is moving forward WITH you, or WITHOUT you…

    FYI...........The republicans waited to bring their #2 nominee to the forefront …..while the republicans sat ideally by they watch, waited, took minutes, laughed and appreciated each additional minute Clinton campaigned against her own party nominee........the republicans knew McBush wasn't going to win for the republicans in November, that’s why Bush was eager to get congress to male his rich man tax policy status perm………wasn’t shocked at all.

    June 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. B. Churchill

    Bob Barr spent his life fighting civil rights and the "War on Drugs". Ron Paul's early writings – there are reams of them – are full of racist and homophobic rants – (about the coming race wars and such). Barr wants a smaller government now because it was the government that enforced desegregation, and now he says the "War on Drugs" was wrong. Paul now claims someone else – he has "no idea" who – wrote the papers that bear his name. Do your homework, folks...

    June 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Joseph Durbin

    This is all crazy. We are voting more for personalities than we are issues. There shouldn't be a president. The WHOLE

    June 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Greg

    YAY! Now the reflubicans can be divided this election year...as if they needed to lose MORE votes due to McSame being the nominee. Obama has this one in the bag. Deal with it haters! 🙂

    June 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Joseph Durbin

    This is all crazy. We are voting more for personalities than we are issues. There shouldn't be a president. The WHOLE country should vote on large issues with referendums. We don't need a king or queen, we need a proctor.

    June 12, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. LB

    Lisa, if I had the money to go to Europe, I don't think I would be complaining to the blogs about the value of money. Most people can hardly afford milk, bread and gas let alone a trip to Europe.

    June 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Phil-Little Rock

    Ron Paul and the Libertarians are fringe nuts who look for any small hole to plug in their own warped philosophy. The good news is, I'm actually beginning to believe that there is a need for more than 2 political parties to govern this country.

    No nutjobs, but more parties.

    June 12, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Otis in Va

    Since Hillary is no longer in it, I will vote for Barr.

    June 12, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Thomas

    It is just sad that the Electoral College won't vote for anyone out side of the big two 😦

    June 12, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. jen

    Obama or Barr / Never McShame

    June 12, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yeah, baby! Finally a Nader for the right! Enjoy, Reptilicans!

    June 12, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. McCain08

    We Will Win. The Democrats hate America. That is why the Hillary supporters came over to us. They were just looking for a reason and Obama gave them one. Now we will get it done. Vote McCain for a better America.
    1 man 1 woman
    pro-life and has no FEAR.

    June 12, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Dennis

    I think Ron Paul overestimates how much the Libertarian candidate will influence the election. I have yet to see either Senator Obama or Senator McCain refer to him or one his policy provisions.

    June 12, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Loretta from California

    Barr is a Republican troll who is trying to re-enter the political arena the only way he can. Independants have disappointed me on this one.

    June 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. thank you libertarian

    thank you barr for entering the race, even when you dont have a chance in hell at winning, at least you will be taking thousands of crucial votes away from the republicans.


    June 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Democrats for Barr

    Democrats also like this guy...He will do very well.

    We need a third party

    Barr 08

    June 12, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Laura

    This ex-Hillary supporter is voting Libertarian this November. Go Barr!

    June 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Andy J, NY

    Phil from little rock-

    Have you ever looked into the Libertarian party?

    Are you aware that many of our Founding Fathers believed in Libertarian ideas?

    Do you not like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

    If you do, then i think you will like the Libertarian party.

    You, Phil, are part of what's wrong in this country. We need a return to the ideas upon which this great country was built.

    June 12, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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