Barr Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

May Seek Libertarian Party Nomination

Apr 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing Midwestern
 activists at the Heartland Libertarian Conference today, former Congressman
 Bob Barr announced the launch of the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory
 Committee (
     In his speech, 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 Dante Alighieri
 said many centuries ago," Barr observed, "the hottest places in Hell are
 reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their
 neutrality." Continuing, Barr stated that, "some say it is not now
 expedient or politically pragmatic to do the right thing, for the right
 reason." But, he then asked his audience, "When has there been a better
 time? When has the risk of inaction carried more serious consequences? When
 will it be appropriate to take extraordinary steps? What must happen to our
 Constitution before we set aside our complacency and expediency in favor of
     Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of
 Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of
 the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform
 Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to
 his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve
 as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and
 also served as an official with the CIA for nearly eight years.
     Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and actively
 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
 National Rifle Association, and works with the American Conservative Union
 and other groups.
     Barr's speech to the Heartland audience touched on the issues the
 candidates for the two major status quo parties have not addressed
 sufficiently, namely: the urgent need for truly cutting the size of the
 federal government, protecting our civil liberties, securing our borders,
 and fundamentally reforming our tax code.
     "Removing 'earmarks' but not cutting the underlying spending is simply
 government as usual and is nothing more than a cynical shell game," Barr
 stated; adding, "and that's the high water mark in the debate thus far."
 Barr said this is not adequate, and that America's voters deserve better
 than a choice between the lesser of two evils."
     The Libertarian Party, America's oldest and largest third party, formed
 in 1971, is on track to achieve ballot access in at least 48 states. Its
 nominee will be chosen at the Libertarian National Convention which will be
 held in Denver, CO May 22 through 26.
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