Monday, May 26, 2008

Libertarian Party Selects Bob Barr as 2008 Presidential Nominee

Libertarian Party has selected Bob Barr as 2008 presidential nominee, which I think is a good thing for the Dems because Barr is very conservative and will likely take votes away from McCain more than he might from Obama.
The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr as its candidate for president for the 2008 election.

"I'm sure we will emerge here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party," Barr stated in his victory speech shortly after being selected as the Party's nominee. "I want everybody to remember that we only have 163 days to win this election. We cannot waste one single day."

More than 650 Libertarian delegates met in Denver from May 22 till the 26 for the 2008 Libertarian National Convention. After six rounds of voting Sunday afternoon, Barr was selected as the Party's presidential nominee.

"We're proud to present to the American voters Bob Barr as our presidential nominee," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis. "While Republicans and Democrats will fight for their own power in November, Libertarians will fight for Americans. Bob Barr is one of the strongest candidates in the Party's 37-year history, and we look for him to have an enormous impact in the 2008 race. Republicans and Democrats have good reason to fear a candidate like Barr, who refuses to accept the 'business-as-usual' attitude of the current political establishment. Americans want and need another choice, and that choice is Bob Barr."

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
This is from Wikipedia, where you can get the full scoop on Barr's position on a variety of issues.
During his tenure, Barr was regarded as one of the most conservative members of Congress.[17] In 2002, he was described as "the idol of the gun-toting, abortion-fighting, IRS-hating hard right wing of American politics".[14] However, Barr's criticism of the Bush administration's encroachment on privacy and other civil liberties after the 9/11 attacks was unusual among House Republicans (see Criticism of Bush Administration below).[14] This criticism earned Barr other labels such as maverick,[14] Jekyll-and-Hyde,[18] and libertarian.[16]
Barr is perhaps best known for his work in the House to impeach President Clinton for getting a hummer and lying about it.


Anonymous said...

That was Clinton who got the hummer, dude. :)

Barr on the Libertarian ticket is a rather odd fit, given his voting history. This is the same Bob Barr who moved to prevent Wiccans from practicing their faith on military bases. Not what one would call a pro-Libertarian sentiment.

william harryman said...

D'oh! Fixed it -- must have been wishful thinking on my part.

Yeah, he's only selectively libertarian.