Republican Convention 2008

Bob Barr Can Think of Somebody More Qualified Than Palin

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I ran into Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr at the Xcel Center and asked what he thought of the Sarah Palin nomination and what it meant for his campaign.

reason: Are you more qualified for the presidency than Sarah Palin?

Bob Barr: Absolutely. That takes nothing away from her. She may have been a very good governor, these last two years, of Alaska. She may have been the very best mayor that Wasilla, Alaska has ever had. That is not the same as having two degrees in international relations, having worked in foreign intelligence for a number of years, working as a U.S. attorney, spending eight years in the Congress, and having lived overseas. That's a higher level of development and understanding of foreign relations. I have it. She doesn't.

reason: What do you make of her actual record as mayor and as governor? McCain has presented her as a fellow maverick, but we've learned that she requested multiple earmarks, supported the Bridge to Nowhere…

Bob Barr:
If McCain claims that he picked her because "she's a maverick, just like me," then she's not a maverick. Because he's not a maverick. I think he basically traded some short-term political gain for the long-term interests of the country.

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  1. I think he basically traded some short-term political gain for the long-term interests of the country.

    Hey that’s a pretty good line. Why isn’t the liberal Jew-run media getting Barr the press he needs? He could be Obama’s attack dog, not Joe Biden.

  2. Is she more qualified than Barr’s Vice-Presidential pick?

  3. Experience, while important, is overrated. I don’t want a president (or veep) who has spent the last three decades in the senate. I want a president who has vision, integrity, and common sense.

    Whether Palin has these things remains to be seen. I want to wait a few more weeks to see what the blogosphere digs up before I pass judgment.

  4. I think he basically traded some short-term political gain for the long-term interests of the country.

    Oh lawd! McCain politicized a political campaign!

  5. Shut up Bob ! I’m trying to vote for you.

  6. “Adamness | September 3, 2008, 6:45pm | #
    I think he basically traded some short-term political gain for the long-term interests of the country.

    Oh lawd! McCain politicized a political campaign!”

    Yeah. The veep couldn’t possibly matter after the campaign is over.

  7. Can’t you talk to Barr about his VP? His Stances? His Experience?

    If you want to talk Palin – the GOP would be happy to send some lackey over to give canned responses to fill your need to talk about what nobody wants to hear.

    Every time I start to think that a subscription to this “libertarian” news magazine is worth the cost, you go and remind me that my blood pressure doesn’t need another antagonist.

  8. Can’t you talk to Barr about his VP? His Stances? His Experience?

    The next issue of Reason has a sprawling 5000-word interview with Barr, actually.


  9. The next issue of Reason has a sprawling 5000-word interview with Barr, actually.

    Put Governor Palin on the cover and increase newsstand sales !

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