John McCain, Bob Barr and the spoiler effect
Similar to most third-party tickets in recent presidential elections, the former GOP congressman from Georgia has been labeled a long shot with no real chance of winning. But, much like Green Party candidate Ralph Nader — who some believe siphoned crucial votes from Democrat Al Gore in 2000, costing him the election — Barr could be seen as a spoiler for Republican Sen. John McCain this year in important swing states. And Colorado is one of them.
The Ron Paul factor
The Barr factor
“John McCain is not entitled to any votes out there,” said Verney, who also served as Perot’s presidential campaign manager in 1992. “Bob Barr is about getting back to fiscal responsibility, shrinking the growth of the federal government and getting back to the Constitution. There are many people who agree with him and if John McCain can’t earn those votes, then it’s John McCain who lost those votes. You can’t take away votes from someone. You have to earn them.”
Research indicates a fair number of voters who feel close to a third-party candidate “can’t get themselves to pull the lever, or punch the ticket, or push the button” out of fear they are throwing their vote away, Adler said.
Long shot or not, Colorado Libertarians are excited about their presidential prospect this year and see his potential of having an impact in November as good.
“The national convention was here in Colorado and the state party is pushing Bob Barr quite hard,” said Colorado Libertarian Party Director Travis Nicks. “We are receiving much warmer support for Bob Barr than we have [for other candidates] in the past.”
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