Is the GOP Trying to Keep Barr Off the Ballot?

According to Bob Barr, that’s what’s happening in Philadelphia:

Bob Barr’s presidential campaign has recently learned of an action by the McCain campaign and the Pennsylvania Republican Party to have Barr removed from the state’s ballot, this despite McCain’s promise in the 2000 election that he would, “never consider, ever consider, allowing a supporter of [his] to challenge [his opponent]’s right to be on the ballot in all 50 states.”

In 2000, McCain told reporters, ”Let’s not have the kind of Stalinist politics that the state of New York, the Republican Party, has been practicing.”

“This move by the McCain campaign completely contradicts everything John McCain stood for in 2000 when his competitors were trying to keep him off the ballot,” says Barr. “McCain has become a part of the same corrupted machine he spoke vehemently against only eight years ago.”

“This is America, where people have a right to run for office and a right to compete for the chance to lead the people of this nation,” Barr continues. “I look forward to the chance to compete fairly against Senator McCain for votes in Pennsylvania and every other state.”

As I noted before, the two major parties are desperate to keep a stranglehold of the American political structure. If third party candidates got an equal level of media attention to the Democrats and Republicans and a presence on all 50 state ballots, they would get votes that would result in an American political realignment. The establishment doesn’t want that to happen.


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