Archive for the 'Campaign 2008' Category

Bailouts and Third Party Possibilities

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

by J. Bradley Jansen

Recent scientific public opinion polls show independent Ralph Nader and Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr attracting statistically significant support nationwide, and both are on nearly all state ballots. In various states, their votes will likely determine which candidate gets a plurality. Real Clear Politics and provide useful collections [...]

‘Something wicked this way comes’

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The following is a statement on the Wall Street financial crisis by Darrell L. Castle, the Constitution Party’s vice presidential candidate:

By Darrell L. Castle
Constitution Party 2008 Vice-Presidential Candidate

Crystal water turns to dark
Where ere it’s presence leaves it’s mark
And boiling currents pound like drums
When something wicked this way comes.
(Original poem by Ray [...]

A new political star at Duke University

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The Chronicle, an independent daily at Duke University, finds that “Michael Munger, chair of the Duke political science department, is making waves and making history this year with his bid to become the governor of this state.” Last week, Munger became “the first-ever Libertarian candidate to participate in a televised gubernatorial debate in North [...]

Financial crisis invigorates Barr campaign

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

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 [...]

Reason’s ‘counter-debate’ now available

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 reports:

On Friday, September 26 at Reason Magazine’s Washington DC Headquarters, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr participated in the presidential debates with a live studio audience. Around 200 people showed up for the ‘counter debate’ and 1000 watched online at It’s divided into two parts. Part One is the first 48 minutes of [...]

Obama’s chances improve in North Carolina; Barr a possible factor

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, Ryan Teague Beckwith writes that “Congressional Quarterly has downgraded John McCain’s chances here.” He discusses how recent polls suggest a very close race:

The most interesting poll result from the past week was a survey by Rasmussen Reports that showed Democrat Obama with a two-point lead over Republican [...]

The power of the other candidates

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Douglas E. Schoen, a pollster, writes in the Los Angeles Times that “the presidential election could well turn on a factor that has gotten virtually no discussion this year—the votes drawn by Libertarian Bob Barr, Green Cynthia McKinney and independent Ralph Nader.”

After demonstrating how their candidacies could make a difference in various states, Schoen asks: [...]

Nader statement on automaker bailout

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

September 29, 2008
Contact: Marc Abizeid, 202-360-3273, [email protected]


This weekend, drowned out by the $700 billion Wall Street bailout negotiations, the Senate approved a bloated loan package that released $25 billion in below-market [...]

Greens: Leave the oil in the soil!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The following is an e-mail from the Green Party of the United States:

Leave the Oil in the Soil!

Dear ,

Were you sickened as we were by the chants of “Drill, Baby, Drill” at the Republican convention? But it got worse. In a cynical election year attempt to win voters [...]

Green Party challenges NOW: Support us

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Green Party:

Distributed by the Green Party of the United States
National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 29, 2008

Morgen D’Arc, Spokesperson, 207-761-7797, [email protected]
Linda Manning Myatt, Spokesperson, 248-548-6175, [email protected]

Green Party National Women’s Caucus challenges NOW to support the historic McKinney/Clemente [...]

Barr breaks $1 million barrier

Monday, September 29th, 2008

He wasn’t in the presidential debate, but Bob Barr had good news on another front last Friday: That’s the day he broke the $1 million barrier in fundraising. Deputy Campaign Manager Shane Cory reports:

Bright and early this morning, we broke the $1 million barrier!...

Everyone from the campaign staff along with Bob Barr and [...]

Nader on the debate: It isn’t who won, but what won

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Ralph Nader, the independent presidential candidate, says on his blog that it isn’t who won (Obama or McCain) but what won:

Militarism won.
Boondoggle star wars won.
Corruption won.
Corporate crime won.
Bailouts for Wall Street won.
Nuclear power won.
Aggressive NATO won.

What Lost?
Peace advocates lost.
Consumers lost.
Workers lost.
Solar energy really lost.

5,000-word profile of Bob Barr

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Atlanta Magazine has a 5,000-word profile of Bob Barr in its October issue. It’s much too long to reprint here, but check it out.

Taxpayers group: Barr would cut federal spending

Monday, September 29th, 2008

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation reports:

Sen. McCain (R-AZ) would increase yearly federal spending by $92.4 billion, compared to Sen. Obama’s (D-IL) $293.0 billion. NTUF also released a first-time analysis of Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, who would instead cut annual federal spending by $200.9 billion. The studies include proposals through September 19.

“If eight months [...]

GOP congressional candidate flees TV debate

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Constitution Party congressional candidate (Pennsylvania, 16th district) Dan Frank, independent candidate John Murphy, and Democratic candidate Bruce Slater participated in a WGAL-TV Round Table Discussion on Tuesday, September 23. Noticeably absent was incumbent Republican Congressman Joe Pitts, who bowed out of the debate a day or so earlier.

A key issue was the bailout of [...]

No Amnesty for Wall Street!

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

by Chuck Baldwin

At the time of this writing, the U.S. House and Senate are poised to pass a $700 billion bailout to Wall Street. At the behest of President George W. Bush, the U.S. taxpayers are going to be on the hook for what can only be referred to as the biggest fraud in U.S. [...]

Fifth Circuit removes Barr from Louisiana Ballot

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Ballot Access News

On September 26, the 5th Circuit removed Bob Barr from the Louisiana ballot. The three judges were Carolyn King (a Carter appointee from Texas), James Dennis (a Clinton appointee from Louisiana), and Priscilla Owen (a Bush Jr. appointee from Texas). The action was taken without any hearing. The case is Libertarian Party et [...]

Plenty of volunteers to take John McCain’s place at the debate tonight

Friday, September 26th, 2008

“If John McCain wants to bow out, I’m willing to step in and take his podium on Friday,” says Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate for President:

The financial meltdown won’t come any closer to a resolution because a presidential debate is postponed. Now is the best time for Americans to see how prepared their leaders [...]

Third-party unity against bailouts

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) calls Treasury Secretary Paulson’s $700 billion gift to his Wall Street friends the “bailout from hell”:

The Bush administration played this game before, using 9/11 to ram the Patriot Act through Congress, and then misused its authority while resisting court oversight. Never again should Congress allow itself to be duped in this [...]

Barr wanted in, got shut out

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Real Clear Politics reports that “Libertarian candidate Bob Barr sent a letter to President Bush…asking to be involved in the bailout negotiations - a request that apparently fell on deaf ears since he wasn’t at the meeting when it began…”

Barr had another request:

“I also urge you to require that any company or entity that ever [...]

Thank You, Dr. Ron Paul

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

by Chuck Baldwin

Yesterday, September 22, Congressman Ron Paul publicly gave me his endorsement for the office of President of the United States. In his blog at the Campaign for Liberty web site, he said, “I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.” (See the complete statement)
Obviously, I could not be more delighted and honored to [...]

Nader says polls indicate he’s helping Obama

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

September 23, 2008
Contact: (Washington) Toby Heaps, 202-471-5833, [email protected]

Is Nader a Republican ‘spoiler’ this year?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Ralph Nader’s presence on the ballot in 2008 actually helps Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, according to at least five national polls [...]

Texas Supreme Court rules against Barr

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The Dallas Business Journal reports that “presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain will have their names on the ballot when election season rolls around in Texas,” and adds:

The Texas Supreme Court denied a petition filed by Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party of Texas to remove the Democratic and Republican presidential [...]

Nader: Say ‘no’ to bailout

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

September 23, 2008
Contact: Toby Heaps, 202-441-6795, [email protected]

Ralph Nader to Congress: Put the Brakes on “Carte Blanche” Bailout:
“Haste Makes Waste” with Goliath of Panic Legislation.”
“Taxpayers are being asked to foot the bill for corporate malfeasance.”

Independent presidential candidate and longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader said [...]

Paul/Baldwin supporters react to Ron’s endorsement of Chuck

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008