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. Richard


    OBAMA 08!

    June 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Neil

    To Joseph Durbin who suggested that we should have a referendum for every major issue. The reason that wouldn't work, particularly in America, is that most people do not have time to research, nor the education and training to analyze, each issue. This is why we elect such well-educated politicians like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, or Barack Obama– people who are to make decisions that have to stand the test of time. For example, years after calling the Iraq a disaster-waiting-to-happen, only now is Barack reaping the rewards of his correct analysis.

    But I agree with you: wouldn't it be nice if the average person were better-educated? Wouldn't it be nice if we could take that money of the war and put it into domestic projects like education? This is one reason I think we must elect Barack Obama.

    June 12, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Independent in WA

    Any candidate willing and able to get us out of the war has my vote. McCain is not the one. Way too excited to watch these soldiers relive his youth, frightening, frightening man who no doubt has issues outside of running for president that need to be dealt with.
    Go Obama.

    June 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Alice

    Libertarians are their own ideology. They believe in virtually NO government except for national defense, which own might call "ultra- conservative" (although modern conservatism has taken on a very different attitude.)

    Disaffected Repubs often gravitate to them, viewing them as some sort of compromise, sort of the way the Dems went for Nader in 2000.

    Go Barr! Get those disaffected Repubs out of McCain's column in 2008!

    June 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. James

    Awesome! My posts don't even make it to the queue any more. I wonder what CNN has against references to the Constitution, the founding fathers of the country, and the tyranny of the current political regimes?

    You have my email address moderator, care to enlighten me on your policies?

    June 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    B. Churchill June 12th, 2008 10:56 am ET said:

    "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…"


    You must try to understand that civil rights must and cannot ever trump individual rights. The Constitution provides for rights of all individuals, NOT GROUPS. Neither racial, ethnic, marital, sexual orientation, nor any other group rights need be, nor should be legislated apart from the Constitution. When this happens, it ALWAYS steps on the rights of others.

    War on Drugs: This is a lose-lose war. Just as with prohibition, it creates crime and profit for drug lords and all their minions. It is another endless war that can never be won–just as DC designed it to be. It places the poor and black in particular at the disadvantage of being jailed for ridiculous lengths of time and does not ever advance the War on Drugs. You have only to look around you and at some statistics to see that since the War on Drugs, the problem has grown immensely. It is much larger now than before the War on Drugs.

    Hillarycare is all about taxing and even "garnishing wages", as she has said. It is health care by FORCE, which the government has no right to do. The less government has to do with anything in our lives the better off we all will be. They destroy, abuse, and waste. This is simply another power play to keep government growing ever larger and it will be a disaster, just like all the other programs the government instigates. They do this to grow their power; they do not do it for you and me.

    It does not matter which candidate-either Republican McCain or Democrat Obama wins, we will still have a mess in this country. They are both about power. Any third party candidate would better serve all Americans interests except the Green Party.

    Please do some research and think this through instead of following the rest of the sheep.

    Dr. Paul would NEVER advocate racial slurs. His philosophy would not allow it. His integrity would not allow it.

    June 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Otis

    $30 isn't a lot of money? Good! I'll tell that to my creditors and see what they think of that.

    Ha ha!

    Bob Barr in 2008!

    June 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Clive G. in Canada

    I was wondering where the crazies in US politics went to.... then Ron Paul popped back up.

    Isn't this the same guy who did a completely unbelievable job of explaining away the anti-semitic and xenophobic remarks in his old newsletter? I don't know why the media still gives him air time.
    Rather than pander to his kookiness, some journalists should raise their antennas a little higher and ask him some tough questions for a change.

    June 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Haigh

    Hey CNN,
    Next time ask Dr. Paul if he would consider a Secretary of State position in a Barr administration.

    June 12, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Ron Fan

    Ron's supporters are the best. If Ron asks them to support Barr, they will be a huge boost Barr's organization.

    I can't vote republican until real republicans take over from the idiotic neocon view that the US should dominate the world.

    June 12, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Ron Paul is NOT a true Republican!


    The conservative movement has gone to hell in a handbasket by Bush/Cheney/Rove courting poor evangilicals who do not understand true fiscal conservative principles.

    See the excellent posting below by Neal Klomp! Neal gets it!!!

    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 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Bubba

    Imagine him as president . . . he'd have hundreds of people spying on Bill Clinton, writing reports on Bill Clinton, obsessing on Bill Clinton, while our economy spun down the drain. Barr can't let it go that Bill Clinton had sex in the White House; he'd never do such a thing, even in the bedrooms!
    I'd like a Libertarian president; he'd repeal ALL gun laws and ALL drug laws, and as many age limits as possible. That cool with y'all? Yeah, it would suit me, but maybe not be best for my country?

    I actually care what happens to this country; it isn't just 'who has the meanest soundbite' although that's kinda fun too.

    June 12, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Here! Here! Allen in NC!

    June 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Phil, FL

    Ron Paul came out ahead of McCain in Montana

    JUNE 3, 2008 !!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. John

    Run Ron Run!

    June 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Legalized marijuana..... Hmmm.....

    June 12, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    I don't know. Once brothers realize the Libertarian Party wants to legalize weed, Obama might have a problem...

    June 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. JB

    I do get fed up up with multi millionaires like Ed McMahon crying about how he can't pay for his 5 million dollar home. Maybe he and others should have thought of the consequences of taking out second and third mortgages to pay for Mercedes and swimming pools instead of paying for their homes. I will acknowledge that some people did get hosed by some shady lenders, but they should have read the terms of their loan too.

    Alice said that Libertarians believe in almost no government. I don't think thats right. I would say Libertarians believe in a weaker federal government and more clout in the hands of state and local government. The main thing that Libertarians think is that the government shouldn't do is make choices for adults who should make decisions for themselves. Its weird, but as a Christian, I would never encourage someone to have an abortion, but I don't think the government should tell them they can't. It all goes back to personal responsibility.

    June 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Google Larry Sinclair

    More Obama Drama!

    June 12, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. David S., CA

    I'm tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I'm a true conservative and voting for Barr this November. Maybe some pain with Obama at the helm will help this nation in the long run. Jimmy Carter gave us Ronald Reagan, maybe another loss will wake that fool of a Republican Party up and get back to that they are supposed to be.

    June 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Jason

    To Bayou Joe:

    When you said:
    "Ron Paul ... and Barr are Libertarians, that makes them closer to Obama in ideology. Left wing ideologues do not win elections in the United States."

    That made you sound ignorant.

    June 12, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. aware

    Perhaps but it will never happen!

    Obama=Bush No more extremes! Extreme right-wing to extreme left-wing is not change America can believe in.

    It is early! The economy will improve, and Iraq will continue to improve. Troops will begin to come home without a Democratic president!

    Barack doesn't know much about anything, and his judgment is not credible.

    Expensive suits and liberal universities do not make the man.

    Vote for the American hero, a centrist in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    June 12, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. shannon

    who is worse...barr or nader?

    and how starved for attention is Paul anyway?

    June 12, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. sal

    Bob Barr hated the gays and dope and now he loves them, whats that tell you? Didnt Bob Barr also lead the Clinton witch hunt in the 90s? Sounds like a true patriot i be wetting myself with delight if i was a libertarian

    June 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Tom, St. Paul

    This guy Barr is a fraud. True Libertarians will see him for what he is: a bible-thumpin', morality regulatin', drug warrin' war mongerin' REPUBLICAN!! Don't believe me? Check out his bio and his record. Why the Lib. party would have anything to do with this guy is beyond me!

    June 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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