Could Bob Barr Hurt McCain? Obama? Clinton?

Apr 3, 2008 10:19am

Former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., who joined the Libertarian Party in 2003 after being defeated in a run for re-election to the U.S. Congress, will be the keynote speaker at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo., in two days, and he may announce that he will run for president as a Libertarian.

Whether on the war in Iraq, civil liberties, or torture, Barr has emerged as a forceful critic from the right of the Bush administration, going so far as to team up with the ACLU.

In an interview on Scott Horton’s Anti-War Radio, Barr said, “There’s been a tremendous interest expressed to me both directly and indirectly on the Internet. I take that support very seriously, and I think it also reflects a great deal of dissatisfaction with the current candidates and the current two-party system. So it is something, to be honest with you, that I’m looking very seriously at.”

Barr also suggested that his candidacy would be an extension of the campaign of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

“Ron Paul tapped into a great deal of that dissatisfaction and that awareness," Barr said, adding that his campaign would need "a rallying point out there to harness that energy, that freedom in this election cycle."

What do you think? Would such a candidacy be a factor? Whom would it likely hurt more?

- jpt

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