Financial crisis invigorates Barr campaign

The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier reports on Bob Barr’s speech before the Charleston Rotary Club:

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr said the current financial crisis has breathed life into his Libertarian bid for the presidency because many people think that party’s philosophy of less government and free markets is far superior to the $700 billion bailout plan that failed on Monday.

“It’s provided me an issue that we have some credibility on,” he said Tuesday after one of several campaign stops in Charleston.

6 Responses to “Financial crisis invigorates Barr campaign”

  1. Stewart Flood Says:

    It was standing room only at the 10am speech at the Citadel. The rotary event had about 150 or so in attendance. We (myself, Bill Woolsey and a volunteer who’s name escapes me at the moment) had to move ahead to the next location at the College of Charleston to get things setup, so I missed hearing what he said, bt if it was even close to how well he did at the Citadel and later at CofC then he knocked it out of the park.

    We actually had to turn several people away from the evening fundraiser—we’d filled the room at the restaurant. The support was fantastic.

    I thought that the afternoon presentation at the College was the best event of the day. He spent his time explaining to the students what libertarianism is and discussing the differences between what we have today and what the framers of the Constitution intended. I wish we’d had a camera there to tape it. His interaction with the students was fantastic. Many of the students remained after the event was over and talked to Bob up on the stage.

    The Libertarian message is getting through. All the local television stations sent news crews out to cover his trip. Four years ago they’d have ignored us.

  2. William Says:

    Stewart, thanks for posting that! It’s good to know that Bob’s campaign is actually on the upswing. There are a lot of detractors that are slamming him, but I definitely think he’s going have a key role in this election. As I’ve said before, I don’t really believe in spoilers, but I do think he is going to give the Libertarian party some credibility (due in part to his being on the “right” side of the bailout issue) that has heretofore eluded it.

  3. GREEN DAD Says:

    Today is another important day for us and we have an obligation to act.

    This evening, the U.S. Senate is going to vote on the bailout in another attempt to ram it through Congress.

    They need to hear from you.

    Here’s today’s task: Call your Senators!

    The Senate web sites have been overwhelmed with people emailing in (which from my experience is a wasted effort). We need to pick up the phone and call.

    So here’s the task:

    Find your state’s senators at:

    Hi, my name is———————, and I’m a resident of—————————.

    I’m writing to voice my strong opposition to ANY financial bailout. Government regulations caused our problems on Wall Street and the bailout will force my family to shoulder the burden of government’s failure. Vote no on the bailout.

    Instead, I ask that you ease regulations like ‘mark to market’ standards and STOP your attempts at social engineering by rewarding lenders who make bad loans.

  4. Donald Raymond Lake Says:

    But will he make it to the meetings. Some one buy this guy a watch!

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  6. BrianD Says:

    This is a total shot in the arm for the Barr campaign. Nothing can more clearly illustrate that there is no difference between the two major parties on the most important of issues. My phone has been ringing off the hook in the last week and I am only a county coordinator in the Barr campaign. He and Nader are going to leave their marks on this election.

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