Libertarian Party picks Rep. Bob Barr as candidate

The Libertarian Party, similar to the Green Party, will be floating candidates in 2008 as well. On Sunday the Libertarian Party chose former Republican Rep. Bob Barr as their standard bearer come November. Barr, as you might remember, left the GOP over concerns of spending and civil liberties.

Report from AOL News:

DENVER (AP) – The Libertarian Party on Sunday picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.

Barr beat research scientist Mary Ruwart, who also sought the party’s presidential nomination unsuccessfully in 1983, on the final ballot. The vote was 324-276.

Barr endorsed Wayne Allyn Root, who was eliminated in the fifth round, to be his vice-presidential nominee.

Barr left the GOP in 2006 over what he called bloated spending and civil liberties intrusions by the Bush administration.

The former Georgia congressman said he’s not in the race to be a spoiler.

“I’m a competitor and I’m in this to win. I do not view the role of the Libertarian Party to be a spoiler and I certainly have no intention of being a spoiler,” Barr said.

Barr said he expects the party to be on the ballot in at least 48 states and perhaps all 50 if the party can qualify in West Virginia and Oklahoma. Barr said he also expects to be invited to the national political debates by qualifying with poll support of 15 percent or more of registered voters.

Normally I wouldn’t put much stock in third-parties as having an impact but in 2008, the circumstances may be wrought with opportunities for third-parties to shine. Given the conservative distrust of McCain, I’m betting some may find comfort in Bob Barr as an anti-McCain vote.

On the other side you have Ralph Nader running for the Greens. He’s sure to take some votes away from Obama in some numbers if liberals see Nader as more experienced.