St. Paul (CNSNews.com) – Former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia -- now the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate -- said he is in the presidential race to win and will not be responsible if Republican candidate John McCain loses.
Appearing on radio row near the site of the Republican National Convention, Barr told CNSNews.com that McCain voters are not likely to defect.
“The Republican Party will have to learn to rise and fall on its own, the same as the Democratic Party and the Libertarian Party,” Barr told CNSNews.com. “There are not many people out there – if any – who are predisposed to vote for John McCain, a big government Republican, who would suddenly change their vote to Bob Barr, a small government Libertarian.”
Barr is best known as one of the managers of the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who ran this year for the Republican presidential nomination -- and was the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1988 -- encouraged Barr to seek the nomination. He told CNSNews.com Tuesday that he believed Barr will get more votes than any other Libertarian nominee.
“Ron Paul is a good friend of mine,” Barr said. “He has done the libertarian movement – small L – tremendous benefit over the last several months he was a libertarian-leaning presidential candidate.”
Barr said his goal is to reach 15 percent in the polls, so he will be included in the presidential debates against McCain and Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Barr said he is at 6 percent in the Zogby poll, and is over 10 percent in some states. Meanwhile, he is on the ballot in 48 states, and is working to get on the ballot in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
“I want to make this a legitimate three-way competition between myself, Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain,” Barr said. “The Libertarians are the only party who can do that because the other third parties are not on ballots across the country.”