Former Georgia Republican Congressman may be returning to the campaign life — as a Libertarian candidate for president.
Barr is a featured speaker at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo., today and the chatter in political circles is that he will announce the creation of an exploratory committee.
Barr, who writes a column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said in that interview many people were encouraging him to run and there was evidence voters had a “great deal of dissatisfaction with the current candidates and the current two-party system.”
He said in that interview his candidacy would be an extension of the campaign of Republican Ron Paul, who remains a candidate for president even though Sen. John McCain has surpassed the minimum number of delegates to win the nomination.
Barr has been preaching his philosophy to relatively small crowds.
Last month, he was featured at a meeting of the Georgia Libertarian Party, where fewer than 50 people met in a small hotel meeting room in Gwinnett County. There he complained about government spying on individuals and threats to the Bill of Rights.
Barr was a Republican congressman representing Cobb County from 1995 until 2003, when he became a Libertarian.
From The Washington Times:
Can a conservative former congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU dent Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid?
Republican campaign pros said a Barr bid could range from causing them some damage all the way to being the equivalent of Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential bid, which many Republicans think split their party’s voters, unseating then-President Bush and electing Democrat Bill Clinton.