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Former GOP Rep. Bob Barr (Ga.) announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination today, saying that Americans deserved a choice beyond what the Democratic and Republican candidates can offer.

But if Barr really is disillusioned with the two major parties, he hasn't shown it with his wallet.

Barr, who helped manage President Clinton's impeachment in 1998 and then lost his House seat following redistricting in 2002, nominally quit the Republican party in December 2006. Barr said at the time that the direction of the GOP had been "bothering me for quite some time" and called himself a "proud, card-carrying Libertarian."

Since then, Barr has continued to exercise his inherent right to dole out campaign cash, and his political action committee -- now known as the Bob Barr Leadership Fund -- has contributed money to roughly two-dozen Republican members of Congress, according to Federal Election Commission records. Recipients of Barr's largess have included some decidedly moderate, non-Libertarian types like GOP Reps. Christopher Shays (Conn.) and Deborah Pryce (Ohio) and Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.).

Barr also gave $1,000 last year to the presidential effort of a former Libertarian nominee, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), just a few weeks after he gave money to another White House campaign -- that of former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who is now running for Senate. Further complicating Barr's post-partisan (or bipartisan? tripartisan?) stance, his last recorded PAC contribution, made in February, went to ... a Democrat: Rep. Tom Allen, a candidate for Senate in Maine.

Of course, Barr's PAC has also given at least $8,500 to the Libertarian National Committee. So he's got almost all of his bases covered. As of March 31, his committee still had $166,000 on hand. Maybe he'll throw some cash the Green Party's way, just to be fair.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 12, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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So why would a self-proclaimed Libertarian lead an Impeachment effort against A President who's peccadillo had nothing to do with anything but his personal life? The result of this governmental "intrusion" into his personal life was that the Clinton Administration was distracted from going after Bin Ladin. It could easily be argued that the only real consequence of the partisan attack on Bill Clinton, lead by Barr, was a terrorist attack on America. Just what we need is another delusional Southern Conservative!

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel", Samuel Johnson, 1775.

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Posted by: Anon | May 12, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr & RuPaul, now that would be something to see.

Posted by: 1ahead | May 12, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

thank you Bob Barr....

Posted by: gerald clough | May 12, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

To thebob.bob, it wasn't about sex, it was about lying under oath. You know, swearing to tell the truth should be important, especially when you're being sued, as Clinton was, for sexual harassment. Lying about sex is kind of important in those circumstances.
The left is always trying to twist this into a sex thing, not a truth thing...

Posted by: RosevilleRod | May 12, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. A man with his head on straight. Take them all down Bob!

Posted by: John | May 12, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Go Bob Go. The Ralph Nader of this years election cycle. Not in terms of relevance, but in terms of siphoning GOP votes from McCain. Not that McCain needs any help losing this election but Bobby is the mint on the pillow of failure.

Posted by: feastorafamine | May 12, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I change, you change, we all want change. This is the underlying current in the minds of the majority of Americans today. We are tired of being ignored and scoffed at by our elected officials in Washington D.C. but are we going to get change from Clinton, Obama, or McCain. No! we are not, we are going to get the same old runaround, higher taxes, and more intrusion into our lives by big government.
By electing Bob Barr, Ron Paul or both would literally send shock waves through the political elite in Washington D.C.
Bob and Ron are the only ones who are touting lower taxes and or the elimination of the IRS, less government in turn means less spending and cutting pork barrel projects. Who in their right mind would say no to that? Bob and Ron are not Libertarian nut jobs who run around chasing butterfly's with nets, but two seasoned politicians who are knowledgeable in foreign policy, economics, and what makes the government tick.
Are they the perfect political package? No. Will they promise us that we will never have to work again in our lives? No. But what they will offer is to shake up the good old boy network and maybe cause the special interest groups who reside on "K" Street to scatter like roaches.
Think about it America what do we have to lose? If we want this change that we are so desperately seeking we have to change the status quo in D.C. and the only way of doing that is electing Bob Barr, Ron Paul or both.
Is it a scary proposition? Could be, but no less scary than having McCain, Clinton or Obama as President.

Posted by: Melvin Leppla | May 12, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully "thebob.bob" (above is not a reflection on the average voter.

Barr was not a Libertarian when he led the impeachment proceedings against Clinton

Clinton's sexual experience/s in the White house with an intern is not a private matter bob.bob

Wake up and remove your head for oxygen

Posted by: Volunteer | May 12, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"The mint on the pillow of failure." Well said, feastorafamine! The Dems have Ralph, so it's only fair the Grand Old Party -- emphasis on Old -- has the most excellent Bobby Barr to steal away their frail chance at keeping the White House and shoving the US of A yet further down the rathole.

Posted by: Lawrence R | May 12, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Do the math: If you cut the pork, who will squeal? Are you going to be serious about spending cuts, which must happen if you stop the IRS and stop collecting taxes? If so, then we will need to cut deeply into the big items, namely, national defense and Social Security and Medicare. I guess that means seniors and sailors are "special interest groups."

Posted by: Clark | May 12, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who seriously argues that the 50 million dollar Republican attack on the Clintons had anything to do with lying, really does need oxygen. Monica was a consenting adult who was forced to testify. There was not sexual harassment ever implied. It was about Republicans beating the Clintons with a "Morality" stick. Well, we now know how hypocritical that was!

So let's get the current President (or VP or any member of the Cabinet) to testify to Congress under oath. No? Why not? Where's the outrage. It was pure partisan extremism.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 12, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

This could really be an election changer. I have seen where unofficial polling of his immediate family shows Barr with upwards of 5% support.

Posted by: steve boyington | May 12, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey RosevilleRod...if it was really all about "lying under oath" and "the Truth Thing" why don't you people on the right care about the "Truth Thing" know like about the last 7 years of Bush's rule...constant lying about everything from meetings with Big Oil and Big Energy and creating National Energy Policy, to meetings with Abramoff and the selling of influence, to lies about WMDs, to the lies about the firing of career federal attorneys, to the lies about FEMA mismanagement after Katrina, to the changing of scientific results from NOAA and the FDA and NASA, to the organized use and misrepresentation of govermnet made propaganda infomercials as "NEWS", to manipulation of intelligence to trick us into war, to the lies exposed by the Downing Street Memos during the run up to the Iraq Invasion, to the lies about the use of widespread wiretapping on Americans, to lies about the use of torture and the abuse of power by using signing statements to change law when he feels like it, to the lies about the use of no-bid contracts to enrich themselves and their cronies, to the lies about his own service or lack there of in the National Guard, to the lies about black site prisons to the lies about guantanamo and the use of extraordinary rendition...and so on and so on and so on...the list is endless...the "conservatives" on the "right" don't seem to give a darn about any of those thing now do they? I wonder why? Could it be maybe because it ain't a "sex thing"? Or is it because he's a Republican? And don't pull the "he wasn't under oath" baloney, Bush is still president and should be expected to tell the truth especially when it comes to the important things like the lives of tens of thousands of innocents, or the rights established by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights...and I think everyone can agree Bush's lies have directly affected the lives of at least that many... I'm not justifying it, but I ask you, how many people died for Clinton's lie? How many died and continue to die for Bush's lies? You people on the right sure are selective about how much you care about that "Truth Thing" aren't you?

Posted by: curtisthecurtis | May 12, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

thebob.bob wrote:

"There was not sexual harassment ever implied."



Posted by: wolf | May 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So,face reality here voters,that both the
Democratic and Republican Parties and their
pathetic leadership have failed us and that
the Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid led Democrat Controlled Congress is a Do Nothing Total Failure. And face reality that Democrat Loser Barack Hussein Obama is
an even bigger joke then Amnesty John McCain so you bet we need a Third Party
Candidate for President and we need to
vote every current incumbent Democrat and
Republican out of office in 2008 as well.

Posted by: Claudine | May 12, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he had too much of cheese from the teets.

Posted by: Greg | May 12, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

this man is not perfect by any long means. however, his positions on the issues most closely match my own. Therefore, I will vote for him.

I find it quite discouraging that most of the posters I see on the internet don't even know the positions of their candidates or the implications of those positions.

I see a lot of over-the-top grandstanding on all sides, but serious discussions of real issues has been sorely lacking in this election cycle. (see the seniors and sailors guy above)

We have reached a point where our electorate will bankrupt our country by bellying up to the trough and wondering "what can i get for free?". The answer is "nothing". The government has no money to give to anything that it did not take directly or indirectly from the American taxpayer.

We the people are the ones putting this country in jeopardy in the same fashion that people put their personal finances in jeopardy. It's all about instant gratification and what can the government do for me.

The best thing the government could do for any of us is get out of our wallets and get out of our homes.

If you believe that, then you can not in good concience vote for McWar, Lefty Obama, or Billary McClinton.

Posted by: MIKE | May 12, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

This is the same Libertarian Party that would legalize narcotics, prostitution, and deregulate gambling. Once 'true conservatives' figure this out, most will stick with McCain.
The votes lost on the Right to Barr will be counterbalanced by the votes taken on the Left by Nader. This is the electoral version of the Special Olympics...

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 12, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

It might be useful to remember that it was Bob Barr who promoted a constitutional amendment to undermine separation of church and state. If that's Libertarian than I think I'll stick with what we've got.

"Congress has the opportunity to send enemies of religious freedom a clear message that their attempts to erase religious belief from America's culture by cleverly manipulating the judicial system will not be tolerated," Barr said.

Posted by: Bill Randle | May 12, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Also, let's not forget that while in Congress Bob Barr received consistent 100 percent ratings from the Christian Coalition.

Posted by: Bill Randle | May 12, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr co-sponsored amendments to repeal the Establishment and the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

Posted by: Bill Randle | May 12, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr has been divorced twice, failed to pay child support to the children of his first two wives and while married to his third and present wife was photographed licking whipped cream off of a few chesty strippers at his inaugural party.

Posted by: Bill Randle | May 12, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

My god, after reading this article it appears Bob Barr gives money to people who's ideas and actions he likes!!! This is totally shocking!!! He gives money to Republicans!!! He gives money to Democrats!!! He gives money to Libertarians, its like he thinks its a free country and you can give money to whoever you like!!!!

What is the media smoking and where can I get some?

Posted by: Simply Shocked | May 12, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

A Libertarian might support impeachment hearings over purjory. If I understand correctly, purjory is a criminal act, not associated in any way with ones personal bedroom.

Posted by: No Consequense | May 12, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

The fields of our Federal representation have overgrown with the choking vines of greed, selfishness and secrecy. The Founding Fathers would be crying tyrany all over again. It's time to burn the fields and clear the firtile land to grow a new crop of rational representation of the people by the people and for the people. Or, "clear the bums out" as someone said once.

Posted by: theGreg.greg | May 12, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I could go on and on about Bob Barr, but suffice to say that he is and always has been a rightwing nutjob. You can package him in whatever outer layer you want (Republican, Libertarian, Fascist -- whatever) but at the end of the day Bob Barr is a rightwing evangelical Christian who wants to impose HIS interpretation of the Bible on us.

Posted by: Bill Randle | May 12, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I might vote for Bob Barr. I honestly can't say I'll know until Election Day. If I did, it wouldn't be because I love the guy.
Someone needs to get serious about how exploding Social Security and Medicare are going to swallow the Federal budget whole. The biggest thing that makes gas more expensive? The pervasive devaluing of the dollar as our country goes further and further into debt vis a vis foriegn nations.
He won't win, but it would be nice to see him build on Ron Paul's primary and put these issues on the table. Maybe if people begin to talk about them now, it will lay the groundwork to analyze what happens in the future in a way that will lead to real solutions. If he can grab Ron Paul's group and McCain looks beaten in November, you could see 10% going to him.

Posted by: Dan | May 12, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

So what if drugs and prostitution are legalized and gambling deregulated? Does that mean that you will have to partake in these activities? What constitutional right is it that gives the fanatical Christians the authority to force me to live my life as you do? You have the right to worship whatever religeon you desire (with my blessing) but the constitution bans it from government. Take your "holier than thou" attitude and put it where the sun don't shine, the same place where you have inserted your head. By the way, its hard to see out of that little hole. It is high time we take back the government and give it back to the people who work hard everyday only to give it to D.C. to have it squandered and wasted by the power drunk hypocrites who have hijacked my country. You can bet your bippee I will vote Libertarian.

Posted by: Eddie the Free | May 12, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@Eddie the Free:
Settle down man. I was only highlighting the difference between Barr's historical supporters (the 'fanatical Christians', as you call them) and true Libertarianism. Given Barr's notorious pandering to the Far Right (see Bill Randle's posts above), why on Earth would the LP select him as their candidate?

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | May 12, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr is a racist, much like Ron Paul.

Do a search for the "Council of Conservative Citizens."

Posted by: B. Lloyd | May 12, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

You got my vote.

Posted by: Kit | May 12, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Ha, ha, ha. If you vote in this nutcase, you deserve what's coming.

Posted by: John | May 12, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr and Ron paul are the dose of reality the country and its major political parties direly need.

This announcement is the best thing to come of this campaign. Someone who can stand for something that doesnt reach into my pocket.

Posted by: Mike | May 12, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: anon | May 13, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

When I think of Bob Barr, I think of Larry Flynt's Republican men of character - philandering cheats with a Bible in one hand and the room key to the No-Tell Motel in the other. Bob Barr treated his ex-wife like garbage, but paraded around Washington like a paragon of virtue. If Clinton was a cad, then Bob Barr was cad to the tenth power. Bob Barr, just another example of the Republican Hypocrisy Machine, speaks about "family values" but sure as heck doesn't live it.

Posted by: TALPDX | May 13, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Bob Barr from the Obama campaign.
Your timing was perfect. We can't wait to see your name on the ballot in all 50 states.

Posted by: John Doe | May 13, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

No Clinton can tell the truth. It's against their nature!

Posted by: S_Temper | May 13, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments and getting an indication that we seem to refuse to see that this country is in serious trouble and that the candidates we've been handed on either side don't have a clue of what the average American cares about it might not be a bad idea to see what the guy has to say. And please no more about the past, this countries future starts today if we ever want to get out of this mess.

Posted by: minnie | May 13, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

I welcome Bob Barr's official announcement and hope he wins the Libertarian Party's Presidential nomination. We need an alternative to Obama and McCain who will bring peace, prosperity and liberty to America.

Posted by: George Whitfield | May 13, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Really. The more who want to run, the better. But I think, Barr is going to pull about the same amount of votes as Nader or Paul.

Of those three, I think, Paul has the most support. The other two have entered this race rather belatedly and without much support.

I wouldn't vote for him, though. I'll stick with Mr Obama.

Posted by: wolf | May 13, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr's credentials as a Libertarian are questionable at best. While his response to some of the Bush Administration's worst attacks on American freedoms have been commendable, keep in mind that this is the same man who actively worked to deny certain men and women in the military the right to practice their own religion (Wicca, in this case). First, he claimed that it would lead to "human sacrifice", etc. When that was shown to be nothing but ignorant prejudice, he reversed his argument, claiming that Wiccans are pacifists (also false, for the most part) and therefore shouldn't be allowed to serve! "Brother Barr", as he was known to his fellow church members, gained a lot of notoriety and a strong following for these anti-American actions that no self-respecting Libertarian would support. If you're a Libertarian and want a Libertarian candidate, do NOT vote for this man.

Posted by: SandraL | May 13, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Just for the sake of completeness, it should be noted that Bob Barr was a member of the CIA during the 1970's.

Posted by: JoeC | May 13, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Dear Republicans and all Right Wingnuts:

Please, I fervently pray, cast your vote for Barr in November. Vote twice. I promise we'll look the other way. Wouldn't it send the Right message if he got more of the popular vote than that closet liberal McCain?

Posted by: Stan | May 13, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Dear Republicans and all Right Wingnuts:

Please, I fervently pray, cast your vote for Barr in November. Vote twice. I promise we'll look the other way. Wouldn't it send the Right message if he got more of the popular vote than that closet liberal McCain?

Posted by: Stan | May 13, 2008 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Whoa, that's a great question!!! Since Libertarians want everybody to have freedom, why'd Barr want to impeach Clinton for his bad behavior? Must be that Libertarians like power as well as liberty? I don't know. I'm just glad the Republicans are going to have their own internecine mess to sort out. Us Democrats have got internecine mess fatigue already on our side. I think we'll need a bowling alley and basketball court at our convention.

Posted by: Gaias Child | May 13, 2008 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised if you see Obama supporters surreptitiously funneling money to Barr's campaign to undercut McCain. Karl Rove isn't the only sleazy man in America.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | May 13, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

My vote is for Hillary. She is the best we have for our country! The woman is Brilliant and knows how to work with the leaders of the world. Obama is our biggest mistake, of course after Bush and Cheney. Obama is an out and out scoundral, but certainly except for his big ugly mouth, is a baby among men of the world. He is inexperienced and has nothing in his short time in DC that shows conclusively he is qualified to handle the world situation and our nation.

The only other candidate that is vioable is Ron Paul. NcCain is a bust for us all. Just another GOP incompetent who can do nothing for this country!!!!!!!

By the way, what in the conclusion of Tonie Rezko trial, and what is the Media not allowed to say about Obama's involvement in Tonie's affairs. WHAT IS THE HUSH HUSH SECRET!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lynn parker | May 13, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

"Dear Republicans and all Right Wingnuts:
Please, I fervently pray, cast your vote for Barr in November"

yeah i guess following the constitution makes you a "wingnut". You know the thing that politicians swear to uphold when they get elected.

Posted by: Andrew | May 13, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

If the LP picks Bob Barr as their presidential candidate they will lose any credibility they have. Barr is not a libertarian. The man voted for the Patriot Act! That thing was printed in the middle of the night and voted on the next morning. Not one person who voted for it could claim they read it. Anyone that voted for the Patriot Act is not a libertarian and is a danger to our liberties.

If he gets the LP nomination, I think I will write in a vote for Mickey Mouse for the President of the USA. At this point a fictional character would be better than Obama, McCain, and Barr.

Posted by: Jtheweirdo | May 13, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

To the Ken Starr/Bob Barr fetishists: Of course it was about sex. It was a $250 million investigation into a b.j. Talk about big-government intrusion. As to perjury (spell check is a magical thing, people), if there was a case to be made for it, Grand Inquisitor Ken Starr would have done so -- and he didn't.

Posted by: Politiscribe | May 13, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr, he have my endorsement. He Big Cheese and makes most wonderful President.

My sister vote for him too, if she could.

Posted by: Borat Sagdiyev | May 13, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This is the story? Bob Barr announces his Libertarian candidacy and you spend 95% of the piece on who he's contributed to politically?

Weak journalism, if you can call it that.

Posted by: John | May 13, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr is not a nice guy. His political motives read "fishy business." A decade ago when I went to Atlanta, my classmates noted immediately how his demeanor flashed so "I don't give a rat's a**!!!" God bless him.

These days I dare not wholly trust any politically motivation action. They all went to the same top tier schools, know the same people, work in the same professions, and I'm supposed to operate under the illusion of choice. ha ha.

Posted by: Mikey | May 13, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Bob Barr is a racist, much like Ron Paul.

Do a search for the "Council of Conservative Citizens."

A half-truth is a lie, B. Lloyd. Why didn't you mention the meat of the issue? Bob Barr admitted to not knowing all of the views of this organization when he agreed to speak there, and that upon discovery, he stated that he found the organization's racial views to be repugnant?

This was reported without retraction or argument by the mainstream media. It is amazing that people who oppose others and their ideas cannot come up with something substantive, so they resort to lies and half-truths.

Yes, Bob Barr used to be quite un-libertarian. It would not be a stretch to call his former views right wing, Bible-thumping, etc. But he has clearly changed those views and now supports the freedom of personal choice and individual liberty. He likely will have my vote.

Posted by: Artus Register | May 13, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Though Barr impeached Clinton for all the wrong reasons and let Clinton go unchallenged for his wrongdoing, Barr is still enough libertarian to do good for liberty and for the LP. Maybe R or K can be on the ticket, too.

Posted by: Thomas | May 13, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Artus, if Bob Barr publicly apologizes to our military servicemen and women for his 2000 "witch hunt" and renounces his positions on that issue, I'll withdraw my opposition to his claim to be a Libertarian.

I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: SandraL | May 13, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I am one of the very few who has the guts to sign his real name.
But several of the earlier entries are "missing the point" as they accuse Clinton backers of doing. Please do not have selective memory, seven years and millions of tax payer $ later none of the things brought to court had the evidence to hold up. Vince Foster murder plot (come on, talk about conspiracy theory) and Whitewater just to name a couple. By the way does anyone realize that the big Whitewater scandal, besides not having the evidence to hold up was over $60,000 and change in money. And you are trying to convince me that they put there whole future lives on the table over something worth less than my car. Take the blinders off and look at the whole picture not just what your party tells you. Have a mind of your own about the facts. George Bush has criminally failed the Religous Right and our Armed Forces (sorry retired armed forces, every current service man I talk to is digusted with them)
The hypocrisy of the Republican party started with New Gingrich and Bob Barr, both adulterers while accussing Clinton of the same and I pray to the Lord my Savior that it ends with these criminals now in office.

Posted by: Louis Champagne | May 13, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This idiot will just make it easier for Obama to win the White House. Thanks!

He knows he has no shot and is just trying to split up the Rep vote, which is a good thing in my book. The Republican party has ran 20 of the last 28 years and our country is falling to pieces fast. Coincidence? I think not! Actually, if it weren't for Clinton's administration, this country would be worse off than we are now. We would still have a $4.25 minimum wage!

Posted by: JeremyH | May 13, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Come on what's another racist, really, everybody either knows one or is one.

Posted by: 1ahead | May 13, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for exposing Bob Barr's donations. I'm sure the fact that he's been giving money to Neo-Con Republicans will be of interest to the delegates at the Libertarian Convention. The Libertarian Party needs to nominate a real libertarian, not an arch-conservative who is pretending to be a libertarian. We need real change, not more crooks from the Republicrat Party pretending to offer real change.

Posted by: Brad | May 14, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I don't trust Bob Barr. For me, it's Ron Paul or nothing... because that's I believe I'll get if Ron Paul is not elected. I'm in it for the Long Haul with Ron Paul. I have never seen nor is it likely I will ever see another man like Paul running for president with the integrity, honesty and trustworthiness that has inspired me to overcome my apathy toward American government.

Posted by: Steve | May 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr is with his current and sincere platform very much the same as Ron Paul, who also received votes from Democrats, ex-Obama supporters, Greens and Independents.
The Paul supporters till fight till September to see what will happen at the RNC. If Paul is not on the GOP ballot, Barr - if he gets the LP nomination - will be plan B.

To the Obama supporters: yes please donate and support Barr, in the hope he will take votes away from Mccain, which he will. Psst
he will also take some votes away from Obama and many more from the Reagan Democrats and with Dr. Mary Ruwart as LP VP candidate, also from many women, and also from Independents.
Donate to Barr please!!! we will use part of the money to eat at your hero Obama's support as well and it will be a good use!

Posted by: Stefan | May 17, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

It is not logical for him to say he is a Libertarian. The Libertarians I know tend to be independents and don't run for another party unless it is to get a candidate out. I would like to know if Barr is a Republican or a Libertarian. He doesn't sound like a Libertarian. Libertarians are in the middle and stand on some issues from both parties.

Posted by: Katherine | May 18, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

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