WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr is
expected to announce that he's running for president as a
His candidacy would be a wild card in the White House race that
many believe would hurt Republican John McCain.
Barr has scheduled a news conference today.
He first must win the Libertarian nomination at the party's
national convention that begins May 22nd. Party officials consider
him a front-runner thanks to the national profile he developed as a
Georgia congressman from 1995 to 2003.
Barr, 59, helped lead Bill Clinton's impeachment. He quit the
Republican Party two years ago, saying he had grown disillusioned
with its failure to shrink government and its willingness to scale
back civil liberties in fighting terrorism.
Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press
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