Ruwart Disappointed by Barr's Campaign FocusSubmitted by lastmovement on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 20:05
"The Libertarian Party does not need a 'true conservative' at the head of its ticket in November, it needs a principled libertarian," said Dr. Mary Ruwart in response to Bob Barr's formal entry into the LP's presidential nomination race.
"Like many Libertarians, I was waiting to welcome Bob Barr into the presidential contest, but I was sadly disappointed by his obvious campaign focus when he finally made his announcement," Dr. Ruwart said.
Dr. Ruwart noted that Barr spent most of the news conference criticizing Sen. John McCain as not being a conservative and alluding to how he could win conservative Republican voters.
"Liberty is for everyone, not just the disaffected right," Dr. Ruwart pointed out. "We need a candidate who can show each and every American how liberty helps them achieve the health, wealth and happiness that we all desire."
"Barr barely mentioned the Libertarian Party, except to mis-characterize us as being similar to the Republican and Democratic parties," Dr. Ruwart said.
In response to a question about his chances of winning the LP nomination, Barr said, "But the one thing that unites all three parties – the Republican Party, the Democrat Party and the Libertarian Party – as three national parties of great substance is the fact that they want to win. They view themselves and believe themselves and will act as a political party, not debating society."