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A Press Release issued by the Libertarian Party

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Barr Blasts House for Caving on Bailout Bill

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Senate, White House Pressure Trumped Principle for 58 Members

“It didn’t take much to buy a House vote, only about $130 billion in so-called sweeteners,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, referring to the 58 members of Congress who changed their vote from 'no' to 'yes' in support of the bailout bill.  “So now the House has joined the Senate in taking $700 billion-plus worth of Main Street’s money to bail-out Wall Street. Congress spent money it doesn’t have to get reluctant members to vote even more money that they don’t have."

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John McCain’s Actions are not Bipartisan, They are Bipolar

"Sen. John McCain claims he can provide leadership, but he panicked in the face of cries that the sky is falling from Wall Street investors who made bad investments, and the taxpayers are going to pay over $700 billion for his lack of leadership," says Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Bob Barr. 

"Sen. McCain claims he will change Washington by eliminating 'earmarks', but he just voted for more than $103 billion dollars of bold-faced earmarks," says Barr.

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BARR: No more government guarantees

Just one week ago, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was demanding that Congress grant him unprecedented, unreviewable authority to spend $700 billion or more to bail-out Wall Street. But in a major rebuke to the administration and to both the Republican and Democratic congressional leadership, the House voted down the 110-page plan that emerged from last weekend´s frenzied — if not unseemly — effort by Mr. Paulson to salvage a bailout deal.

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Barr Praises House for Rejecting Wall Street Bailout

“Few people thought it could be done, but members of Congress listened to the people rather than the establishment to vote down the proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street," notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee.  “Their courageous action gives us a chance to start over.  Our starting point should not be a government bailout.  It should be a market work-out,” says Barr.

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Congress Should Vote ‘No’ on Bailout, Says Bob Barr

“The leaders of both the Republican and Democratic Parties are rushing ahead with their $700 billion bill,” says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.  “Without a single hearing and without considering other solutions, Congress is preparing to put the typical American family on the hook for more than $8,000.  Legislators in both parties need to stand up for the American people and say no,” says Barr.

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The Bob Barr Counter-Debate

While Senators Barack Obama and John McCain exchange stump speeches in Mississippi, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr will be adding his take to the issues that impact all American citizens.

"Pretending there is only a Republican or Democratic proposal to solve the challenges our nation faces ignores the voices of millions upon millions of Americans who are sick and tired of partisan posturing," says Bob Barr.

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The 'Bailout From Hell' Must be Rejected

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An OpEd from Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr

In the name of restoring economic confidence, the Bush administration is demanding unlimited authority to implement a massive financial bailout. The Secretary of the Treasury would become an economic dictator, empowered to reengineer the economy as he sees fit. These powers fit Kim Jong-il's North Korea, not the American republic.

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Barack Obama Can Debate Bob Barr

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McCain Moves to Dictate Debate Timing, Agenda Should Be Rejected

With the recent proposal of Senator John McCain to postpone the first presidential debate, it is clear that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has no authority.

"For the past several elections, candidates have used the CPD as an official buffer to keep competition out of the two-party presidential contest," says Libertarian Party presidential nominee Bob Barr. "McCain publicly proved with his announcement what we've been saying all along: The candidates call the shots as to when to debate, where to debate and who to debate."

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McCain Already at Odds With GOP Platform in Supporting Bailouts

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McCain-Palin Bailout Support Belies Talk of 'Change'

"Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin should read the platform of their own party before making a plan to deal with this most recent financial crisis," says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party nominee for president. 

"The GOP platform clearly states that it is opposed to government bailouts and market regulation," explains Barr.  "However, McCain and Palin are in favor of the bailouts if they come with market regulation.  Apparently, being a 'maverick' means favoring 'big government.'"

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Barr Campaign Statement on Texas Supreme Court Ruling

"We are disappointed with the Texas Supreme Court’s denial of our request to have the Secretary of State abide by the law and remove the names of Senators Obama and McCain from the election ballot," stated Russell Verney, manager of Bob Barr's presidential campaign, following the Texas Supreme Court ruling.

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