Beltway Happenings
May 12, 2008-Accompanied by wife Jeri and son Derek former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.  Barr described himself as a competitor and said he would be a  president "who, during his first year in office, his first days in office, will order a freeze on discretionary spending, will then seek to dramatically cut the size, the scope, the power of the federal government."

Barr announced formation of an exploratory committee on April 5.  Russ Verney (below left), who managed Ross Perot's 1996 campaign, has been running Barr's effort leading up to the Libertarian Convention in Denver on May 22-26.  Doug Bandow (below right, with beard), a former columnist and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is advising Barr on policy.

Barr 2008 Presidential Campaign
2008 Libertarian National Convention

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