Barr seems to have some good reasons for not attending.Submitted by RonBarr on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 14:00
I'm gather that from this report from Barr's press conference: http://www.reason.com/blog/#128719
Dr. Paul appeared to be giving support to all the 3rd party candidates, including socialists. Barr doesn't like that message. That breaks up the movement and send it in multiple directions, to supporting both big government candidates and limited government candidates.
He wants to stand out from the pack, and he wants to carry on the limited government movement. And he doesn't want to be seen at a press conference with socialists like Nader and seeming to be on the same side as him. Dr. Paul's staff didn't fully represent the nature of the press conference to Barr. He was not notified until that day that the other candidates were being invited to the press conference, and that he be sharing the stage with socialists.
Paul supporters weren't sending him much money anyway, so what did he have to lose? It may be worth sacrificing the the most radical and touchy Paul supporters who fly off the handle with rage just because someone doesn't attend a Ron Paul press conference, in order to get larger support by not appearing to be just "one of the above." It won't help him to be seen as part of a coalition that supports both big government and small government.
And the more controversial his move the better, because then the media may pick up on it. Then he can explain how he's so much diffferent from the others, and get more support.
He and his running mate Root, were on Cavuto today afterwards, where Root is offereing to step down so that Paul can take his place: http://www.foxnews.com/video/index.html?playerId=videolandin...