RAHWAY—Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr spoke to a nationwide network of fundraising events via an Internet broadcast late last month, from Luciano’s Restaurant in Rahway at about the same time Sen. Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination in Denver.
Appearing with Barr were Jason Scheuer, who is running for US Senate in New Jersey, and Derek DeMarco, the Libertarian candidate in the 8th Congressional District.
The three candidates addressed a national audience of Libertarian Party supporters who participated at about 100 locations using the Internet to observe the festivities in Rahway.
Libertarian vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root and Mike Ferguson, the campaign field director, addressed Libertarian Party members from a similar event in Colorado.
The 59-year-old Barr, a former U.S. attorney and CIA analyst, served as a Republican congressman from Georgia from 1995 until 2003.
In 2006, Barr left the GOP and became a Libertarian, but many ghosts from his past have returned to haunt him as he now runs on a party platform that firmly rejects the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, drug criminalization and federal restrictions on marriage and abortion rights – all of which Barr supported while in Congress.
Barr says illegal immigrants should not be eligible for Social Security benefits, plus he supports a free-market economy, broad civil liberties and a foreign policy of non-intervention.
Such issues as abortion and criminalization of drugs should be decided by states and not the federal government, he says.
Recent polls show Barr is picking up steam in several battleground states that could play a key role in determining the outcome of the November election.
The Commission on Presidential Debates has ruled that only candidates with 15 percent support in five national polls may share the stage with nominees of the two major parties.
The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.