Bob Barr says Sen. John McCain is on his “farewell tour” across America, as it has become clear that Sen. McCain has no realistic chance of winning the presidential election.
“The wheels on the Straight Talk Express have come off,” says Barr, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president. “Sen. McCain will be spending the last two weeks before the election on his ‘farewell tour’ across America. Sen McCain’s mixed and angry message, as well as his support of big-spending policies, have killed any chance McCain may have had to win this election.”
Barr says this means Republican-leaning voters who are reluctant to vote for John McCain and his big government record, “can feel comfortable knowing that their vote for Bob Barr will be a vote for smaller government, less spending and lower taxes.”
“Now, principled conservatives can vote their conscience instead of voting for a faux-conservative just because he carries the Republican label,” explains Barr. “Small ‘L’ libertarians don’t have to vote defensively for the lesser of two evils because it is clear that McCain no longer has any realistic chance to win the election.”
“A vote for John McCain is a wasted vote,” says Barr.
Campaign manager Russell Verney elaborates:
It is now clear: John McCain cannot win the election.
There is not one reasonable poll suggesting that he has a chance. While Republicans have long dominated absentee ballot collections and early voting, this year, this is not the case.
In other news for the campaign, Ballot Access News reports:
The Libertarian Party’s lawsuit to get Bob Barr on the Connecticut ballot has oral arguments on Thursday, October 23, at 11 a.m. in federal court in Bridgeport. The case is Libertarian Party of Connecticut v Byskewicz, 3:08-cv-1513, before Judge Janet Hall. This is the first in-person hearing the case has had, even though the attorneys and the judge had previously held a status conference on the phone. It would be helpful if people who are interested in this case would attend. The Libertarian Party submitted enough valid signatures on the deadline, but the state says that (1) it is too late to reprint all the ballots; (2) the lawsuit is barred by the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Eleventh Amendment says people cannot sue states in federal courts. People always get around it by suing state officials, rather than the state itself. The Eleventh Amendment argument has never worked to defeat a ballot access lawsuit, in any state, ever.
The only reason that Barr isn’t already on the ballot in Connecticut is because the town clerks did a poor job of checking signatures, and invalidated signatures that were valid.
On October 25, 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court forced Cook County, Illinois, to reprint 3,000,000 ballots, because the Court felt that elections officials had erred by leaving the Harold Washington Party off the ballot. Also in 1990, Minnesota reprinted all its in-precinct ballots only a week before the general election, because the Republican nominee for Governor had resigned from the ticket and been replaced by another Republican nominee.