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Bob Barr Campaigns for President in Va

Anita Kumar

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, the Libertarian nominee for U.S. President, stopped in Richmond for a few hours today to spread the word of his longshot candidacy.

Barr, who was accompanied by his son Derek, said he is running because he sees a "dramatic undercutting of liberty" in the United States.

"If it was simply to play a spoiler role, I would not be doing this,'' he said. "I have a lot of better things to do."

Barr said he is polling at six percent nationally. He said he expects support from Republicans opposed to Sen. John McCain, blue-collar Reagan Democrats and young people who may be interested in politics for the first time.

He said he expects to be on at least 48 ballots, including the one in Virginia, whose filing deadline for third-party candidates is next week.

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House from 1995 to 2003.

He was a guest of Tertium Quids, a group that describes itself as promoting "legislative efforts to expand individual opportunity and free markets, while reducing the size, role and cost of government in Virginia."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 12, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
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Has Borat endorsed Barr yet?

Posted by: NoVA | August 13, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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