Libertarian Party picks Bob Barr as presidential candidate


The Libertarian Party on Sunday picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.

Barr beat research scientist Mary Ruwart, who was the party’s presidential nominee in 1983 and vice presidential candidate in 1992, by a vote of 324-276 on the final ballot.

Barr endorsed Wayne Allyn Root, who was eliminated in the fifth round, to be his vice-presidential nominee.

David Weigel @ Reason Magazine has been live blogging all day and summarizes here.

Said Barr, celebrate tonight:

…because I’m sure we’ll all leave here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party… Then I want everybody to remember we have only 163 days to win this election. Do not wait one single day.