Fox News speculating about a potential Barr run

Fox News is reporting an Internet rumor that Bob Barr is considering a presidential bid:

Former Republican Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is considering a run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket, according to FITNews.

Barr, who joined the Libertarian Party after leaving Congress in 2003, is looking to attract conservatives who are unhappy with the choice of John McCain as the expected Republican presidential nominee. McCain and Barr are at odds primarily over the role of U.S troops in Iraq, although both agree that tough interrogation methods should not be permitted.

FITNews wrote that Barr will receive the endorsement of Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, a GOP presidential candidate who is still technically in the race but has not suggested he would throw his support to McCain. McCain and Paul, who ran on the Libertarian Party presidential ticket in 1988, also are at odds primarily over the role of U.S. troops in Iraq.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has recently reported on a statement Barr made in a recent radio interview:

“There’s been a tremendous 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.”

I spent a good deal of last week with Barr in DC. What he said to the AJC and what he’s told me privately are the same thing: He’s looking very seriously at it.

You know, Fox might have looked for a second source or even called Barr’s office before running the story. The news is kind of old, anyway. You’d think that they might have picked up on the AJC or Washington Times articles. Personally, I think it’s sort of funny that AntiWar Radio beat Fox News to the story by almost a week.

24 Responses to “Fox News speculating about a potential Barr run”

  1. Brent Burk Says:

    I would like to see him run. He needs to do it fast, though.

  2. Sivarticus Says:

    If it’s clear within another week or two that Ventura isn’t running (mainly because they would draw from the same grassroots base), then Barr needs to jump in ASAP. He should easily be able to get Ron Paul’s endorsement. This is a nice compromise for Paul, since it allows him to circumvent a third party run himself, but without leaving supporters high and dry with no one to vote for.

  3. Dave Williams Says:

    Jesse Ventura to be on Larry King live Tuesday. http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

  4. Robert Milnes Says:

    It look to me like he is well positioned to announce just before Heartland & change from one of several Confirmed Speakers to one of then 7 of 17 presidential candidates in Debate. I would like to be there. Major candidates Bob Jackson & Steve Kubby are not listed to be there on Heartland website. The Ronulans will have their way. Barr will be spoiler & assure election of democrat.

  5. Eric Dondero Says:

    Wayne Root just picked up another big endorsement from the Poker Champ world.

    Story at Libertarian Republican blog.

    Hope Barr jumps in. This will make the LP Convention super-exciting and elevate the entire libertarian movement to power brokers in the 2008 election.

    Can you imagine McCain and Obama reaching out to the libertarian vote, ala Bob Dole to Perot in 1996?

    Suuuuuuweeeet!

    After 30 some years, we may finally be coming of age.

  6. George Whitfield Says:

    I am suspicious because I saw the Fox News web story within 3 minutes of its being posted and I commented favorably on Bob Barr on the Fox News webpage. After about eight hours 6 comments were added under the story—all negative and mine was not included. I have posted my comments again and will wait to see if they are added.

  7. Stefan Says:

    The LP needs an all-round candidate that can compare in all aspects exceptionally well with the main contenders with superior policies, and not only one or two items like mariuana legalization or online poker play. The LP need to be strong in
    security, foreign policy apart from domestic issues. The party needs to make some innovative policies with appeal eventually. This should enable the LP to break through the perception of a party with”fringe” issues. It has the historic chance like it never had, and this needs to be utilized to the maximum extent: it can attract conservatives unsatisfied with the GOP, Independents who are tired of the two main parties and anti-war liberals who are not satisfied with the Democratic candidates as well.

  8. Robert Milnes Says:

    I’d like to see ALL the presidential candidates at Heartland. It seems geographically as fair as possible. But it seems that only “Major contenders” are invited. Tom Knapp explained it to me but I do not completely understand. This whole LP campaign has had several state conventions but I’ve never seen them all at one time. I think the most 9 out of then 14 were at LPNJ/PA last month. Then evidently there will be only the most supported candidates at Denver. It seems like the Ron Paul campaign has left several campaigns, maybe MOST, short of funding & support.

  9. SovereignMN Says:

    Jesse Ventura will not run. He said as much in the Twin Cities media this morning. He’s spent the last couple years living as much off the grid as he can. He spends more than 50% of his time in remote areas of Mexico in regions with no electricity.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    Bob,

    You write:

    “Tom Knapp explained it to me but I do not completely understand.”

    OK, then I’ll explain it again. The Heartland Libertarian Conference is not a state LP convention. It is a Libertarian-oriented entertainment event, and its organizers/sponsors, not the state LPs which are holding their conventions in conjunction with the conference (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma), choose who to invite to the debate, as a speaker, etc.

    It is entirely possible to attend the conference (for which there is a fee) without attending any of the conventions. It is entirely possible to attend one of the conventions without attending the conference. The conventions and the conference are separate events. It’s a win-win deal. State parties can offer their convention attendees access to a nice event without having to put up money, and the conference organizers can sell packages to the nice event to convention attendees.

    Those organizers/sponsors of the conference chose to invite only those whom they considered “top” or “serious” candidates to participate in the debate (they invited Kubby, but as of the deadline for responding to the invitation we didn’t have the money to send him). Entirely their prerogative. No particular candidate is “owed” a spot in such an event, any more than any particular movie is “owed” a screen/auditorium at the local movie theatre. The organizers chose the candidates they thought attendees would be interested in hearing from.

  11. G.E. Says:

    LewRockwell.com is reporting that Barr is in.

  12. Trent Hill Says:

    No,Lew just cant write blog-titles.

    “The ex-congressman wants to run for president on the Libertarian party ticket, and may have his friend Ron Paul’s blessing, reports the LA Times. The McNeocons can’t be happy at this news.”

    Wants to, but hasnt yet.

  13. Trent Hill Says:

    Who does this hurt the most?

    McCain—who will lose alot to Barr.
    then the CP—who will be looking at the LP having a constitutionalist.

    If Barr announces, look for the CP to maybe offer a fusion ticket.

  14. SovereignMN Says:

    Trent, I have been thinking about this a lot lately. But what to the Libertarians have to gain by a fusion ticket with the CP?

  15. frank Says:

    America would gain by having candidates who truly represent the will of the american people. We are all talking about a need to abolish the 2 party system then let’s find out what america wants and find the two best independents regardless of party and if that means a fused ticket then so be it. how about a politician Gravel or Barr and a business man Jingozian or a professor Phillies, or an activist Nader and a Kubby. We can do this come on let’s www.resetamerica.com

  16. Sean Scallon Says:

    Hmmm, interesting. When will Barr announce and will it come before the CP convention? Obviously the fusionist portion would have to come from the CP’s because Barr will announce for the LP nomination and the CP could just draft him as their own nomine and then fight it out to make sure he’s on ballot as BOTH the Constitution Party and the Libertarian Party candidate.

  17. disinter Says:

    The ex-congressman wants to run for president on the Libertarian party ticket, and may have his friend Ron Paul’s blessing, reports the LA Times. The McNeocons can’t be happy at this news.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/020301.html

  18. Fred C. Says:

    Trent: Do you seriously think the CP would back Barr? And would you be on board with such an undertaking?

  19. NewFederalist Says:

    I would think a Barr LP-CP fusion effort would be great. I would still like to see each party personalize the deal by having separate vice presidential nominees highlighting the very real differences between the two parties. It would also help determine which party was preferred by the voter when they are both on the ballot in the same state.

  20. Jose C. Says:

    “Those organizers/sponsors of the conference chose to invite only those whom they considered “top” or “serious” candidates to participate in the debate (they invited Kubby, but as of the deadline for responding to the invitation we didn’t have the money to send him).”

    Ouch! I don’t think that is something you want to admit. It seems George Phillies is right. The only candidates that have the financial situation to run an effect campaign is George Phillies and Wayne Root.

  21. Jose C. Says:

    “If Barr announces, look for the CP to maybe offer a fusion ticket.”

    This might not be a good idea. We all know what happened the last time there was a fusion ticket. The Democratic Party prospered for years and years and still exists. The Populist Party ceased to exist soon after.

    Judge Roy More, the Constitution Party needs you. Do your duty man, announce!

  22. G.E. Says:

    If Barr is in, he will be the nominee unless he comes out with a pro-war, pro-Fed, or extremely anti-gay statement. While Mary Ruwart is “the best” candidate, Barr has his advantages. . . So if he’s in, I hope that the libertarians will insist on Ruwart as VP, and she will accept. This would be the best of both worlds.

  23. Andy Says:

    “Trent Hill Says:

    April 1st, 2008 at 11:13 am
    Who does this hurt the most?

    McCain—who will lose alot to Barr.
    then the CP—who will be looking at the LP having a constitutionalist.

    If Barr announces, look for the CP to maybe offer a fusion ticket.”

    Why didn’t the CP offer this in 2004 with Michael Badnarik? Heck, Badnarik even had the word Constitution in his www.constitutionpreservation.org website.

  24. G.E. Says:

    Andy – Cuz Peroutka was an annointed, unanimous and uncontested nominee in 2004. Baldwin would be this year, but if he stays out, the choices are controversial (i.e. Keyes) or totally lame (Grundman, etc.), so what Trent is talking about seems more plausible this year. Plus, honestly, I think Badnarik was a little too gay-friendly for the CP. Barr has a nice history of bigotry.

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