Former Pro-Life Congressman Bob Barr Wins Libertarian Presidential Nod

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Former Pro-Life Congressman Bob Barr Wins Libertarian Presidential Nod

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 26
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Former pro-life Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia won the Libertarian Party presidential nod over the weekend. He will appear on the ballot in all 50 states and run opposed to John McCain, who opposes abortion, and either pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

Pro-life groups worry his candidacy could take away votes from McCain and make it easier for an abortion advocate to capture the White House.

More than 650 Libertarian Party delegates voted and Barr claimed victory after beating his rivals with a plurality of 324 votes after six rounds of voting.

"I’m sure we will emerge here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party," Barr said after getting the nomination. "I want everybody to remember that we only have 163 days to win this election. We cannot waste one single day."

Barr’s entrance into the Libertarian Party is an interesting match given his pro-life views. The party is split on abortion and doesn’t have any language in its platform similar to the Human Life Amendment the Republican Party supports.

Republican activists have already said they fear a Barr candidacy will make it easier for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to win in November.

"Sure, it will hurt [McCain]. We’ll just have to see how much," South Carolina GOP Chair Katon Dawson told the Washington Times.

Barr represented Georgia’s 7th congressional district in northeaster Atlanta from 1995 to 2003.