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Libertarian nominee for President; Former Republican Representative (GA-7):
Bob Barr on the Issues

Bob Barr on Abortion

  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Bob Barr on Budget & Economy

  • Financial crisis requires investigation & prosecution. (Oct 2008)
  • Not government’s job to bail out Wall Street. (Oct 2008)
  • Earmarks are an outrageous abuse by Congressmen to buy votes. (Apr 2008)
  • Remove both earmarks and cut the underlying spending. (Apr 2008)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Civil Rights

  • Patriot Act erodes our civil liberties. (Nov 2008)
  • Criticizes efforts to restrict rights of homosexuals. (Jun 2008)
  • Applying habeas in Guantanamo reaffirms fundamental liberty. (Jun 2008)
  • Authored Defense of Marriage Act. (May 2008)
  • Threats to liberty in post-9/11 world require libertarianism. (May 2008)
  • The Nanny State is getting increasingly intrusive. (Apr 2008)
  • Took post with ACLU based on fundamental common interests. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for "Privacy Impact Statement" on new rules. (Apr 2002)

Bob Barr on Corporations

  • Eliminate billions in corporate welfare. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)

Bob Barr on Crime

  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
  • Prevent luxurious conditions in prisons. (Jan 1995)

Bob Barr on Drugs

  • Favors the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. (Jun 2008)
  • No national nannies: leave smokers alone. (Jun 2008)
  • The Clintons welcomed drug criminals into White House. (Jul 2004)
  • Illegal drug traffickers are murderers. (Jul 2004)
  • In Congress, a strong supporter of the War on Drugs. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)

Bob Barr on Education

  • Don’t let California home schooling ban spread. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Bob Barr on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)

Bob Barr on Environment

  • Human beings are more important than mussels. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted to reauthorize the Clean Water Act. (May 1995)

Bob Barr on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Foreign Policy

  • Neocon aggression opens can of worms: others will do same. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

Bob Barr on Free Trade

  • For free trade, but pull out of NAFTA & the WTO. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Bob Barr on Government Reform

  • Put Constitution front & center. (Oct 2008)
  • Clinton & Reno covered up 1996 illegal campaign finance. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Gun Control

  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Sponsored bill banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jan 2001)

Bob Barr on Health Care

  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

Bob Barr on Homeland Security

  • Bush deceived Congress about use of Patriot Act. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports both pre-emptive and responsive war. (Oct 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus and protect citizens from government. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore military to defense; commit to non-intervention. (Apr 2008)
  • Real ID Act is Big Government at its worst. (Jan 2008)
  • Real ID Act is Big Government at its worst. (Jan 2008)
  • Should have impeached Clinton for national security failings. (Jul 2004)
  • Loud Congressional critic of government’s abuses of power. (Dec 2003)
  • Regrets voting for the USA PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2003)
  • Matrix system and TIA are privacy-invasive programs. (Dec 2003)
  • Military tribunals ok, if monitored & defined. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Sponsored bill allowing assassination of terrorist leaders. (Jan 2001)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Immigration

  • Open borders to anyone who wants to cross, with screening. (Nov 2008)
  • Be aggressive in securing our borders. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Sponsored bill declaring English the US' official language. (Jan 1999)

Bob Barr on Jobs

  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Principles & Values

  • Obama and McCain indistinguishable on policy positions. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a builder for this country; I am Bob the Builder. (Oct 2008)
  • Seeks Ron Paul’s supporters based on libertarian message. (Jun 2008)
  • On ballot in 48 states; working on last two. (Jun 2008)
  • Libertarian nominee hopes to be on ballot in all 50 states. (May 2008)
  • McCain is big-government; I am small-government. (May 2008)
  • Expects votes to come from those who would sit out election. (May 2008)
  • Rejects “spolier” label; expects to win electoral votes. (May 2008)
  • Served as US Attorney and as a CIA official. (Apr 2008)
  • Announces for president: time for principle over complacency. (Apr 2008)
  • Clinton echoed Nixon’s claim of being above the law. (Jul 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Social Security

  • Social Security is immoral; make it voluntary. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on Tax Reform

  • New tax revolt: both reduce and simplify taxes. (Jun 2008)
  • Lower taxes by dramatically cutting back size of government. (May 2008)
  • The FairTax replaces the IRS plus payroll taxes. (Apr 2008)
  • Repeal the 16th amendment & eliminate the income tax. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Bob Barr on War & Peace

  • Iraq won’t collapse when we leave; start leaving now. (Oct 2008)
  • America is not an occupying power. (Jun 2008)
  • Don’t rush to make new anti-terrorism laws. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Bob Barr on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)