Libertarian Barr Says GOP Is Played Out

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, a former Georgia congressman, said today that the Republican Party has utterly failed to present a "new program, new leadership or vision."

"What's wrong with John McCain is symptomatic of what's wrong with the Republican Party in these first years of the 21st century," Barr said on "Fox News Sunday." "They talk one thing but do something different, and that's become very obvious to the American people."

Barr said that he tends to agree with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on issues of civil liberties, while he tends to agree with McCain, a senator from Arizona, on issues of government spending and taxation.

"Neither of these candidates is talking about the deep cuts in government spending and returning power to the people that we are," Barr said.

Asked whether his presidential bid might cost McCain needed votes in the fall, Barr said that McCain has lost his way, in particular through his support of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, which Barr said "would provide the authority for the federal government to surveil American citizens in their own country."

"This is a fundamental issue that goes to the very nature and power of our government, but nobody's really talking about it," Barr said.

Barr was asked about his own positions as a congressman, when he voted for many of the measures and policies he now seems to oppose.

He said he regretted voting for the Patriot Act. He saw his vote in favor of codifying marriage as between man and a woman as a proper exercise in returning the question to states.

"That's a very conservative principle reflecting the fundamental notion of states' rights in our country," he said.

More Vice Presidential Demurrals

Also on Fox, a prominent Democrat and a prominent Republican were asked if they would run for vice president if asked.

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D) said, "It's my intention to walk out the door of the [state] capital, the Lord willing, in January of 2011. I know that disappoints some people in the capital, but that's my intention. And if there was a position open that I was interested in, like energy or transportation, I'd be honored to serve in an Obama administration, but not at the beginning, not until my time is finished."

Rob Portman, a former Ohio congressman and Bush administration official, said, "I don't know, and I don't expect to be asked, honestly."

Nader: Detractors Are Political Bigots

On CBS's "Face the Nation," Ralph Nader was asked why prominent liberal magazines such as the Nation oppose him.

"It's political bigotry," he said. "Why are all these people who agree with us on the issues behaving this way? Because they believe that the two parties own the voters in this country, and you go for the least worst party."

A Western Divide on McCain

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he backs McCain fully even though he does not agree with him on every issue.

"I'm very proud of him, 100 percent behind him," Schwarzenegger said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "That we don't agree with everything -- that's clear. Nor do I agree with my wife. That doesn't mean we should split."

Schwarzenegger defended his record running the nation's largest state, saying that he has succeeded at bringing Republicans and Democrats together and that he had little warning of the economic downturn, which has been especially harsh in California.

"What goes up must come down," Schwarzenegger said.

He chided Washington for failing to pass any meaningful legislation this year. "I'm very disappointed [with] what has happened. ... There's a lack of action in Washington. ... They can't get anything done."

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a conservative Democrat who in the past has offered kind words for McCain, said the Arizona Republican has lost his way in his campaign for president.

"John McCain's not the John McCain of 2000 and 2002," Freudenthal said on "Meet the Press." "At this stage he's really molded into a Bush-Cheney lookalike, and that's not an attractive thing."

Speaking of Vice President Cheney, a former Wyoming congressman, Freudenthal said "his standing here has declined like it has elsewhere." But he added, "He is still the native son. ... He has a good history in this state as a congressman."

Lieberman's Democratic Problem

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), a longtime Democrat who is now an independent and endorses McCain for president, said his old party continues to drift away from him on national security issues.

"I feel very strongly that the party that I joined when president John F. Kennedy was its leader, a party that believed in progressive government at home and a principled, strong internationalist foreign policy, economic policy, pro-trade -- that party is not represented by the leaders today," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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Bob Barr is right on the warrantless wiretapping and is a clear alternative to McCain who is nothing more than a clone of George W Bush. Bob Barr is not Ron Paul but he is a lot better than John McCain.

Posted by: Scott | June 29, 2008 2:10 PM

Has anyone considered Donald Duck for VP?

Posted by: Harried | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM

all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM

Lieberman is so hung up with bitterness over Gore's endorsment of Dean, AND on 100% support of Israel (right or wrong), and in the last, continuing war against Arabs (with no concern for sacrifice of our soldiers) that he has lost an semblance of balance and wisdom, and charity.

Posted by: Lu Franklin | June 29, 2008 3:20 PM

all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM
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Nice try! But really, Black people with computers and an Internet presense do not speak that way. What some HONKIES will stoop to is nauseating!

Posted by: harried | June 29, 2008 3:22 PM

Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party will replace the GOP after the November election day renders the GOP extinct.

Republican voters, if you are tired of holding your nose when you vote, Bob Barr will offer up some fresh air.

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | June 29, 2008 3:28 PM

Joe Lieberman not only is no longer a Democrat, he's no longer a senator representing Connecticut. He's now the junior senator from Israel.

Posted by: Jack | June 29, 2008 3:39 PM

The voters of Connecticut must feel as embarrassed about re-electing Lieberman as most Bush voters now feel about re-electing Bush.

If Lieberman decides to run again it will be as the first, declared, (semi-)American Likud candidate.

Posted by: pali2500 | June 29, 2008 3:41 PM

all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM

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Another brain-dead Republican shill tries to stir up racial enmity.

Pathetic.

(And these idiots wonder why people are fleeing the GOP)

Posted by: pali2500 | June 29, 2008 3:44 PM

I read the transcript of the Bob Barr appearance and, I must say, I think he would be fine with Obama winning the presidency. I enjoyed seeing that.

According to the transcript on the Fox website, Barr said: "If Senator Obama wins on November 4th and Senator McCain and I lose, it will be because he presented a vision and a platform and a candidacy to the American people that resonated with a plurality of the voters."

I never could stand Barr before, and was glad that he was confronted about some of his intrusive former positionsd. Having said that, I like having him in the mix.

Let the GOP see what it feels like having their own 'Nader' to contend with.

Posted by: scootmandubious | June 29, 2008 4:00 PM

You go, Bob. Take away every vote you can from the "new" McCain.

Posted by: Brittman1 | June 29, 2008 4:02 PM

Go Bob Barr!

Ralph Nader and Joe Lieberman are a narcissists.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 29, 2008 4:12 PM

Jack needs to realize that Lieberman does not represent the views of many Israelis but only those of the Likud and other ultra-right wing, religious fundamentalist parties in that country.

Posted by: Pinkus | June 29, 2008 4:32 PM

I agree with Bob Barr regarding his critique of the right. The right has gone beyond hypocrisy and is actively lying to the American people in an attempt to retain power. They're also very, very corrupt. That they maintained power this long without being exposed is a tribute to Democratic ineptitude and media stupdity.

Posted by: a fascist party | June 29, 2008 4:47 PM

how much cash did he get from obama for saying that, if "I support obama" from hillary is worth at least 10 million, I'm sure the attacks on the gop from barr are worth alot more...

Posted by: Dwight | June 29, 2008 5:13 PM

to
"all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM "

Presidents don't have absolute power. Govenors have more powers than the President. Presidents submit legislation to the congress to be passed into law. Obama as President cannot do anything directly for the black man except maybe pardon the thugs in prison and send them back into your neiborhoods or send the troops in to save your sorry behinds, other than that, nothing...

Posted by: Dwight | June 29, 2008 5:20 PM

This is the curse of the two party system that this country has grown accustomed to adopt, cherish, tolerate, and suffer, all in an effort or "stability". The same concept of "stability" puts such difficult hurdles on the impeachment process that a pathetic president such as Bush remains in office, even though the democratic party made significant gains in the last mid-term elections, running against Bush.

In many other democratic countries of the world, the Bush/Cheney gang would have been ridden out of town yaers ago, if not languishing in jails at this point. But not in US. We respect of our presidenst so much that even the arguably "worst president ever" among them will finish the term, draw a huge pension, and hold court in his Presdential Library.

Amazing!

Posted by: Krishna | June 29, 2008 5:49 PM

Corrections - I don't know why WaPo doesn't allow for corrections by the posters, as some boards do.

... all in an effort or "stability".
... all in an effort for "stability".

... been ridden out of town yaers ago,
... been ridden out of town years ago,

Posted by: Krishna | June 29, 2008 5:54 PM

Don't blame bad presidents for being elected, blame bad citizens for electing them.

Barr and Nader should know that we have a 2-party system in the U.S. If you can't win one party, then you can't win the country. Their egos are huge, but not their brains.

I would expect Barr to be dumb, but not Nader. How many times is he going to play this foolish role?

Posted by: behappyandfree.com | June 29, 2008 7:27 PM

Why did McCain escape prosecution for making 3 years worth of anti-American broadcasts and giving information to the Communists that resulted in the shooting down of American planes and the deaths of American pilots? Other servicemen were prosecuted for doing much, much less. Why was McCain allowed to go free? Because of his daddy? And where are the tapes of those broadcasts? Go get them!

Posted by: GOP Against McLiar | June 29, 2008 7:53 PM

McCain should select Bob Barr as his VP running mate. McCain will never make it through 4 years and when he is removed from office for medical reasons -- Barr can take over and then run on his own in 2012 and 2016. By the time he leaves office in 2020 we will have straightened this place out and cut government spending by 60%.

Think about it --

Income Tax - GONE
Social Security - GONE
Medicare - GONE
Medicaid - GONE
FDA - GONE
Department of Education - GONE
Department of Health and Human Service - GONE
Bureau of ATF - GONE
FBI - GONE

All power and authority back to the states.

Except for the military and National Weather Service - the Federal Government is - GONE


Posted by: Return of the Jedi | June 29, 2008 8:27 PM

Hey Dwight - It's hard to believe that you fell for the bogus "all white folks is racist" post.

Posted by: daytoncapri | June 29, 2008 9:26 PM

The borders are open (you can leave the country) to the North, South, East and West. If things are so bad here, leave. Then you'll see what other countries are like...you'll be back.

Posted by: Nostradamus | June 29, 2008 9:39 PM

Liberman always has Isreals interest over U.S.interest. He wants more U.S.blood in another war for his Jewish goals.

Posted by: TOM e. | June 29, 2008 9:56 PM

Hi-
I talked to Nader when he was running for President against Gore. I asked him then what about the effect on Gore. At that time, he recognized that there might be an effect, but he was more concerned on running for himself (he was a candidate for the Green Party, who hasn't dealt with him before or since) and said if Gore lost, he deserved it. It is not bigotry aginst Nader, it is the fact that a) he elected W, and, b)he is too self-deluded to acknowledge it.
As for Lieberman, the Presidency of Israel may be open soon. He has a real chance.

Posted by: doctor t | June 29, 2008 10:12 PM

I think Barr's right about the GOP, and I'd vote for him in November if it wasn't so crucial to get Obama in the Whitehouse. I don't know who John McCain is anymore. If it looks like Obama is going to win by a landslide, then Barr will get my protest vote. Otherwise, I hope he runs again in 2012.

Posted by: Marcos El Malo | June 29, 2008 10:12 PM

Why did McCain escape prosecution for making 3 years worth of anti-American broadcasts and giving information to the Communists that resulted in the shooting down of American planes and the deaths of American pilots? Other servicemen were prosecuted for doing much, much less. Why was McCain allowed to go free? Because of his daddy? And where are the tapes of those broadcasts? Go get them!


Maybe cuz his "daddy" was the Admiral of the Atlantic Fleet!

Posted by: ricknhouston | June 29, 2008 10:18 PM

Bob Barr, in his criticisms of the GOP, is absolutely correct, they have failed to offer anything new to the American people. Actually if voters were truly informed in this country, the Republicans should follow the example of the Federalist party following the war of 1812.

The Republican party primarily stands for: continuing the occupation of Iraq indefinitely, trampling upon civil liberties, the Constitution and international law, favoring the wealthy and corporations over the rest of us in this country. By refusing to support any tax increases on rich people, Republicans seem to be conveying the message protecting the wealthy is more important to them than expanding health care coverage to the forty-seven million Americans who lack coverage, improving public schools or enhancing public safety by increasing police on the streets. How can any concerned, informed Americans support such a selfish and reactionary agenda?

Posted by: Independent | June 29, 2008 10:57 PM

You go, Bob. Get those libertarian Republicrats to vote for you, PLEASE.

Posted by: RealCalGal | June 30, 2008 2:35 AM

McCain sold out our MIAs. He's a disgrace and a crook.

Posted by: John | June 30, 2008 4:29 AM

Bush has destroyed this country. I almost had a heart attack when I found out that everyone he appointed to washington is connected to the oil industry. I know spending has to be kept under control, but Bush has left this country in such bad shape there's no way around it. Obama's going to have a very hard time trying to get anything done if he wins. Between NAFTA and half of Mexico trying to stay in the U.S. jobs will be hard to find. We have got to stop borrowing money from China to buy forgign oil before our debt gets so large we will never pay it off. Something has to be done about the housing crises before everyone's living on the street. We got the floods in the midwest. The list goes on and on. How can you cut back on spending with the shape where in. Bush is the devil himself. He spent every dime we have so the oil companies can get rich. This is like a nightmare. I'm very curious to know how McCain and Barr plan to get us out of this mess without raising taxes or government spending. Let me know and you got my vote.

Posted by: HemiHead | June 30, 2008 8:35 AM

Given the cast of characters, what a long strange trip this election is going to be.

Posted by: nclwtk | June 30, 2008 9:15 AM

Hemihead--do you really believe that a McCain/Barr ticket will change anything that's been going on for the past 8 years? McCain is just another front man for the big money interests who have been running this country (into the ground) since Reagan the "Patriot" took office.

Posted by: Carol Burns | June 30, 2008 10:40 AM

"all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM "


Are you a complete idiot?..how does someone `INVENT` a Peanut? How about if I claim I `invented` Air.. could I send you a bill every time you breathe, you nut?

Posted by: Kemper Weisenampt | June 30, 2008 1:54 PM

Kemper, think about that comment by "Lakisha" for a second and you will realize that it's fake... No one actually talks like that, you know. And no one would claim Mr. Carver invented the peanut - maybe peanut butter, which is a common myth, but not the peanut.

The whole post is one black stereotype piled on top of another and smells of a Southern WASP.

Posted by: Igor | June 30, 2008 2:09 PM

bob barr is a republican who voted for all of the bush chenney policies,let us not forget that.

Posted by: bob | June 30, 2008 4:20 PM

The GOP is dead but so is the Democratic Party. Neither party has any idea that the government is not some spending device that never runs out of money. The Libertarians are an eclectic mob of compromisers seeking power with a communist intention of withering away the state. Defining the nature and limited role of government and building a platform around this fundamental requirement is still on the horizon but the necessity for it is becoming clearer to discern.

Posted by: Dale Netherton | June 30, 2008 4:22 PM

Aks dat cracka MaCane iffn he be plannin to atack Iran nex year.

Posted by: Ta'Shaun | June 30, 2008 5:02 PM

Want to support the troops? Support Bob Barr. McCain and Obama should both step down, their bids for President are taking votes away from Bob Barr. Defend the Constitution - Vote Bob Barr!

Posted by: Eric Nordstrom | June 30, 2008 10:36 PM

To Dale Atherton: Let's assume that Libertarians want to wither away the state. This would take a long time. Somewhere along that path, the state would be reduced to something like the limited role that you envision. So why not support Libertarians until that time?

Posted by: texpat | July 1, 2008 12:43 AM

Whoever is sending message and trying to sound like a black person is a fraud and it this is more than obvious and should be removed from the site.

It is a wonder that these so called opinions are not barred from the internet. Certainly the Washington Post must know a fraudulent statement when they see it.

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Posted by: Arliss | July 2, 2008 2:22 PM

all white folks is racist. they have runied the country. that alright cause we taking over in november. just like the inventer of the peanut said, george washington carver, the black man can't be free until he get inside the white house.

Posted by: Lakisha | June 29, 2008 3:14 PM
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LOL...This is rather pathetic! Hopefully, this is not a reflection on the vaunted GOP attack team but rather elements of its mental midget brigade on the loose.

Those clowns with a 3rd grade education trying to start s^it because they too dumb to do anything else but shovel it...

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