Archive for the 'Political Parties' Category

How do the candidates compare to Ron Paul?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

For most of this political cycle, Ron Paul has been the lodestone and top newsmaker for libertarians and constitutionalists. Now Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin are vying for this vote. But how do they (not to mention the other candidates) stack up against Paul? We know only Ron Paul can be [...]

Statement from Jim King, AIP Chairman

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008


In June, we held a legally called party convention, where we reaffirmed our party affiliation with the Constitution Party, and confirmed the nomination of Chuck Baldwin as candidate for our party in the Presidential election this coming November.

News, rumors and speculation that we failed in this effort are grossly premature. The Secretary of State’s comments [...]

‘Barr campaign is a disaster for McCain’

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The Richmond Democrat takes a close look at state polling data and reports:

A growing number of polls are starting to include Bob Barr and Ralph Nader. Nader doesn’t appear to be a big deal: he’s stuck at 1-2% or lower and isn’t costing Obama any states that I can tell. Bob Barr is something altogether [...]

Advice for Bob Barr

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Matthew Towery heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. His column is distributed by Morris News Service. He recently penned a column of advice for Bob Barr, noting that “Barr does have some things going for him. If he takes advantage of them, he could yet toss a huge monkey wrench into the [...]

Statement of Bob Barr after Al Gore’s ‘We’ campaign

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Bob Barr presidential campaign:

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/——After former Vice President Al Gore’s “We” Campaign event at D.A.R. Constitution Hall concluded, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr issued the following statement:

Former Vice President Al Gore and I have met privately to discuss the issue of [...]

Barr clarifies position on Fannie & Freddie

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Bob Barr presidential campaign:

Press Release:
Bob Barr Says Privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, End Government Subsidies

July 15, 2008 3:35 pm EST

Oklahoma City, OK —The latest financial crisis involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee home mortgages, demonstrates yet again how government intervention in private markets almost [...]

A first in U.S. presidential campaigns

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Democracy Now! notes with approval that the Green Party team of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente constitutes the first all-women-of-color presidential ticket in U.S. history.

McKinney kicks off NC campaign today

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney kicks off her North Carolina campaign today in Durham. According to The Independent Weekly:

Although Green Party candidates won’t appear on the North Carolina ballot this November, they can still qualify as write-in candidates. Tuesday is also the deadline for turning in 500 verified signatures to qualify for statewide [...]

Baldwin seeks support of Dr. James Dobson

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The following is a message from the Chuck Baldwin presidential campaign to persons who have signed on to their site:

From: Jon Kayser [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 7:51 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Baldwin’08 Update: URGENT-Please call Dr. Dobson and show your support for Chuck Baldwin

Dear Concerned Citizen,

The much loved and well-respected Dr. Dobson is as shaken as [...]

IAP gains 2,000+ new registered voters in just 3 months

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Back in the month of March, the Independent American Party of Nevada had passed the 50,000 registered voter mark.

Now, as by the voter registration totals for the month of June, the IAP now has 52,842 total registered voters.

There is no question that this is probably due to both Nevadans waking up to the smell of [...]

Barr, in cowboy boots, seeks votes in Houston

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr sought votes in Houston on Sunday, explaining his plans to cut the size of government. According to the Houston Chronicle:

Barr said his presidential agenda would include getting the federal government out of the war on drugs, letting states decide what drug offenses should be prosecuted and whether marijuana [...]

Socialist Party appeals for funds to seek ballot access

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The following is a media release from the Brian Moore presidential campaign of the Socialist Party of the USA:

Brian Moore for President Committee—P.O. Box 5742 Spring Hill, Florida 34611
352-686-9936—[email protected]

Ballot access

16 July: Ballot Access Appeal for Funds

Please help the Moore/Alexander ‘08 presidential ticket gain ballot access in 20 states this election year, in November, and also [...]

‘Newsweek’ interviews Cynthia McKinney

Monday, July 21st, 2008

In a lengthy interview, Newsweek asks the Green Party’s presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, about the goals and strategies for her campaign, the “spoiler” issue, and some past controversies. This exchange took place regarding Bob Barr:

There are quite a few prominent third-party candidates running this year, including your former fellow Congressman from Georgia, Bob Barr, [...]

Prospects rise for Green candidate in Arkansas

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Richard Carroll is the Green Party candidate for the Arkansas House seat from North Little Rock. His victory prospects jumped Saturday when the state Democratic Party changed its rules and refused to certify former state Rep. Dwayne Dobbins as its candidate for the seat.

The Arkansas News Bureau reports on the reasons for that decision. [...]

Root speaks to Missouri Libertarians

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Wayne Allyn Root, the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate, spoke recently in Missouri. Afterwards he was interviewed by the Columbia Tribune about the party’s direction, positions, and potential in the presidential election.

Among the questions was “how do you get [Ron Paul supporters] to vote for your ticket in November?” Root’s answer:

If you talk [...]

Chuck Baldwin interviewed in Utah

Monday, July 21st, 2008

On his recent tour of Utah, Chuck Baldwin was interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune. The video of the interview appears here.

Barr crashes liberal blogger conference

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi speaking to the Netroots Nation blogger conference in Austin made sense, even if Al Gore wasn’t on the advance schedule. But Bob Barr showing up at the door? Well, they let him in, say that for them. As the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog puts it:

The [...]

Chuck Baldwin: ‘I am an American!’

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party’s candidate for President, warns:

Free republics are not known to have long life expectancies. At the ripe old age of two hundred and thirty-two, America is definitely showing her age. She is long past her prime, and some are predicting her demise. No, some are PLANNING her demise.

Focusing on the implementation [...]

Bob Barr as part of political realignment in U.S.

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes that Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has endorsed the privacy- and civil liberties-oriented Accountability Now/Strange Bedfellows coalition. That coalition’s website can be found here.

Greenwald believes that “the radicalism of the last seven years is engendering a real political re-alignment in the U.S.”:

Throughout the 1990s, one’s political orientation was determined by [...]

Barr to make first campaign visit to New Hampshire

Monday, July 21st, 2008 reports that “Bob Barr will be making his first official campaign visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 22. He will spend the day giving interviews and talking with fellow candidates. At 8:00 pm there will be a meet and greet event at Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., Manchester.”

The site adds:

“The momentum for Bob’s [...]

Is Bob Barr flip-flopping on climate change? And Al Gore praises Bob Barr

Monday, July 21st, 2008
On the blog, Anthony Gregory says: “Personally, I think one can take the libertarian position on the issue without knowing or claiming to know much about the science involved. But it seems Barr has taken a different approach.”

Gregory notes that Barr earlier said, as here on the Glenn Beck show, “Global warming is [...]

Constitution Party on Missouri ballot

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Donna Ivanovich Arnold thanks “the nearly 16,000 voters from all 114 counties in Missouri, including the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, who signed a petition for the Constitution Party to regain ballot access in the November election.” She adds:

Many believe the only way to break the stranglehold the two major parties have [...]

Chuck and Darrell to speak at the Arkansas CP State Convention

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

From AKCP Chair, Eldon Wright:

Greetings Constitution Party of Arkansas Members,

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to the very first State Convention of the Constitution Party of Arkansas. This meeting will be held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Western Sizzlin in Benton, Arkansas . Meeting information and address is located below. [...]

I Am An American!

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

by Chuck Baldwin

Free republics are not known to have long life expectancies. At the ripe old age of two hundred and thirty-two, America is definitely showing her age. She is long past her prime, and some are predicting her demise. No, some are PLANNING her demise.

Thomas Jefferson and the other founders of this once-great country [...]

Will 2008 be the year of the Libertarian?

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Eric Ostermeier on Smart Politics doesn’t exactly answer “yes” to that question, but he does note that “the expectations for the party are high in 2008” and finds that “the political environment is ripe for Barr to make waves in the 2008 election.”

Ostermeier details how “votes for Libertarian candidates have propelled Democrats to victory in [...]