ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Republican congressman Bob Barr's
longshot Libertarian presidential bid has focused on places where
he can hurt the GOP the most. He's been eyeing Pennsylvania, Ohio,
New Hampshire, Virginia and Georgia, the states where he sees what
he calls "an opportunity for a real impact."
Some Republicans worry that Barr could play spoiler in a close election Tuesday if he draws conservatives from Republican John McCain. Barr has latched onto the $700 billion financial bailout as evidence that both major parties are addicted to spending.
But Barr has seen little bounce in the polls. An Associated Press-GfK poll out last month showed him with about 1 percent support among likely voters, the same as three weeks earlier.
Barr, a former federal prosecutor, built a national following in the 1990s for aggressively pursuing President Clinton's impeachment.
He won the Libertarian Party nomination in May after becoming disillusioned with what he saw as unchecked growth of government
and federal intrusions into personal privacy under President Bush.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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