Bob Barr has announced his plans to run for the Libertarian nomination this morning:
Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr formally jumped into the White House race Monday as a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.
“They believe that America has more and better to offer than what the current political situation is serving up to us,” he said Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. “The reason for that is very simple, they believe in America as I believe in America. We believe in an America that is not and should not be and should never be driven by fear as current policies on behalf of both parties are in this country.”
Barr, 59, represented Georgia’s 7th congressional district from 1995-2003, and became an increasingly vocal critic of President Bush, especially over the president’s support of the Patriot Act. He formally left the Republican Party in 2006.
Barr will have to win the party’s nomination next weekend in Denver. I would not say that it is a slam dunk either. There has been some heated criticism of Barr, which was to be expected, though it could be a very vocal minority.