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Bob Barr on Principles & Values

Libertarian nominee for President; Former Republican Representative (GA-7)


Obama and McCain indistinguishable on policy positions

Barr called Obama and McCain indistinguishable on policy positions. The former Republican congressman from Georgia accused them of practicing “sound-bite politics” and showing “no leadership whatsoever.”
Source: 2008 third-party presidential debate; Cleveland Plain Dealer , Oct 31, 2008

We need a builder for this country; I am Bob the Builder

Bob Barr has changed parties and is shooting for higher office. “We need a builder for this country. I am Bob the Builder,” the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate told a crowd at a campaign appearance.

Barr said his qualifications are “at least equal to the other senators running, and they far exceed Gov. Palin’s.” But even if he doesn’t win, Barr said whatever votes he does garner will help change public policy; to show the government that they’re not happy with how things are going.

Source: 2008 Third Party debate, in Lorain County Chronicle-Telegram , Oct 19, 2008

Seeks Ron Paul’s supporters based on libertarian message

Q: Libertarian candidate Bob Barr is looking at a multimillion-dollar windfall from Ron Paul supporters [who just withdrew from the presidential race]. You are the draw, or you hope to be, right?

A: Certainly, the message that we bring to this campaign --limited government, greatly enhanced individual liberty, shrinking the size of the government, government spending being dramatically cut--will appeal very strongly and very clearly to Ron Paul’s supporters.

Q: Well, have you talked to Ron Paul?

A: Yes. I saw Ron and talked with him just a few days ago.

Q: And will he back you?

A: Ron Paul is a very good friend of mine, I of his. He supports very much what we’re doing. I support very much what he is doing. But I cannot speak in terms of what he might do formally for our campaign.

Q: But he seems to have informally told you that he would be rooting for you. Am I reading him correctly?

A: Well, he publicly had some very kind things to say about Bob Barr and our campaign.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview: “Your World” with Neil Cavuto , Jun 19, 2008

On ballot in 48 states; working on last two

Q: I heard you already locked 48 states in which you can get on the ballots. Is that true?

A: We are working--along with the Libertarian Party--to be on the ballot in at least 49 states, and possibly all 50 states.

Q: Oklahoma and West Virginia were the tough ones, I heard?

A: Oklahoma is an extremely tough nut to crack, because the two status quo parties make it almost impossible to get on the ballot. It may be that we will have to file a lawsuit in order to get on the ballot.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview: “Your World” with Neil Cavuto , Jun 19, 2008

Libertarian nominee hopes to be on ballot in all 50 states

Q: A poll shows the Libertarian candidate just picked by his party would command 6% of the vote in a general election matchup, and he hasn’t really even gotten campaigning yet. He says he’s in it to win it, that he’s not interested in being a spoiler. So how do you become a Ross Perot phenomenon?

A: Well, I’m interested in being more than a Ross Perot phenomenon. I have great respect for him. And, as a matter of fact, his campaign manager is now our campaign manager. We’re putting together a team that will deliver a positive message to an awful lot of new and disenfranchised older voters.

Q: Will you be on all 50 state ballots? How does that stand?

A: We hope to be. The Libertarian Party, alone among America’s third parties, has enjoyed near-universal ballot access. Last cycle, in 2004, Libertarians were on the ballots in 48 of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. This time, we hope to gain at least that degree of ballot access, if not 49 or 50 states.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview: “Your World” with Neil Cavuto , May 27, 2008

McCain is big-government; I am small-government

Q: People say you are going to siphon votes away from McCain.

A: Not so. I cannot think of any reason why somebody who is predisposed to vote for John McCain, a big-government Republican, would choose instead to switch to Bob Barr, a small-government Libertarian. It would make no sense. There are a large number of disenfranchised, disenchanted Republican voters that we hope to pick up and appeal to. But those are voters that would not vote for McCain in the first place.

Q: Libertarians, typically, though, say their backup choice is a Republican. The ones who voted for Ross Perot in ‘92 said that if they had a backup choice, it would have been George Bush Sr.

Q: Every election cycle is different. And the dynamics this time are very different from in ‘92 or any other race. The deep, deep dissatisfaction with this administration and with the party that he represents, coupled with the huge number of new voters that are becoming active for the first time, really changes the dynamics.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview: “Your World” with Neil Cavuto , May 27, 2008

Expects votes to come from those who would sit out election

Q: Barr served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican. But in 2006 Barr exited his party and became a Libertarian, strongly criticizing President Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. Rep. Barr, your critics in the GOP allege that your candidacy will spoil the Republican Party’s chances in November. How do you respond?

A: They have no idea why I’m doing it, and, plus, that’s just a knee-jerk reaction. Does anybody getting into the race plan to ask the tough questions or plan to point out some of the areas where McCain is less conservative than he would like people to believe? Those pundits have no idea where my votes would come from, nor do they know about the issues I stand for. As a matter of fact, I suspect the votes I will get will come from folks who would be more inclined to sit out the election, because there’s not a real conservative in the race. The votes are not going to come from people that are committed to voting for McCain.

Source: Daniel Stone in Newsweek magazine , May 13, 2008

Rejects “spolier” label; expects to win electoral votes

Q: Barr rejects the spoiler label and insists he’s “in it to win it.” Rep. Barr, History shows that third-party candidates win few, if any, votes in the Electoral College. Can you really win?

A: History provides no blueprint for the future in politics. We know that by looking at the dynamics of this particular race, which are very different in terms of the significant increase of new younger voters, the deep dissatisfaction with the status quo, the more than 70% of voters who believe that the country i on the wrong track. I’m a very different candidate from the Libertarians and other candidates who have run in the past.

Q: Take me through your strategy. In which states will you be most competitive?

A: We’re not going to disclose that at this point. There are a number of states that we believe, based on our analysis, give us a greater chance for carrying those states. But I don’t think it would be appropriate to lay those out right now. But that is a very tangible part of our strategy.

Source: Daniel Stone in Newsweek magazine , May 13, 2008

Served as US Attorney and as a CIA official

Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the US House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the US Attorney, and served as an official with the CIA for nearly 8 years.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been advocating American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. He serves also as a board member for the NRA, the American Conservative Union and other groups.

Source: Press release, “Presidential Exploratory Committee” , Apr 5, 2008

Announces for president: time for principle over complacency

At the Heartland Libertarian Conference today, former Congressman Bob Barr announced the launch of the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee (BobBarr2008.com). Barr noted that, “America today faces a grave moral and leadership crisis, and those of us who care about our country’s future can no longer sit on the sidelines and remain neutral.

As Rev. King told us more than four decades ago, ‘the true measure of a man is where he stands at times of challenges and controversy.’ And, as Dante Alighieri said many centuries before, ‘the hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.’“

Barr continued, ”When has the risk of inaction carried more serious consequences? What must happen to our Constitution before we set aside our complacency and expediency in favor of principle?“

Source: Press release, “Presidential Exploratory Committee” , Apr 5, 2008

Clinton echoed Nixon’s claim of being above the law

Like Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton was on his way to a one-sided victory [against Bob Dole in 1996], and like his similarly disgraced predecessor, he insisted on breaking the law anyway. The tip of what turned out to be a large iceberg emerged in the closing days of the 1996 presidential campaign. To make a long story short, the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign incorporated the most vast and effective scheme to circumvent the law ever conceived and executed by an American presidential campaign. It was becoming readily and disgustingly apparent that the campaign operated under the same principle Richard Nixon articulated in a 1977 interview with David Frost. Nixon said, “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” That was dead wrong in 1977, of course, and it was just as wrong in 1996. Like Nixon, Clinton believed that he was the law and was therefore not subject to its constraints.
Source: The Meaning of IS, by Bob Barr, Chapter One , Jul 2, 2004

Religious affiliation: Methodist.

Barr : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH7 on Nov 7, 2000

Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress.

Barr signed the Contract with America:

As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.

    Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:
  1. The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
  2. The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
  3. The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
  4. The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
  5. The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
  6. The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
  7. The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
  8. The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
  9. The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
  10. The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress
Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA1 on Sep 27, 1994

2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Principles & Values: Bob Barr on other issues:
GA Gubernatorial:
Jason Carter
Nathan Deal
GA Senatorial:
David Perdue
Jack Kingston
Johnny Isakson
Karen Handel
Michelle Nunn
Paul Broun
Phil Gingrey

Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
FL-13:David Jolly(R)
FL-19: Pending Nov.4
IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
NC-12: Pending Jul.15
NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
OK-5: James Lankford(R)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

Former Reps running for House in 2014:
AL-5: Parker Griffith(R)
CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
CA-11:George Miller(D)
CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
CA-45:John Campbell(R)
IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
MI-12:John Dingell(D)
MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
VA-8: James Moran(D)
VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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