In early June, Ron Paul had this to say about Bob Barr:
[Barr's voting record] doesn't mean he can't represent these [the LP's] values, and he's saying the things that he should be saying, he's joined the Libertarian Party, he presents these views, and he talks our language, so I do really believe that he can have a very positive effect in this campaign, and let the people know that limited government is a very, very important message
Writing today about Bob Barr missing Ron Paul's Sep. 10 press conference, a posting on Paul's blog said:
In the long run, this last-minute change in plans will prove to be of little importance. I’m convinced that problems like this always seem bigger at the moment, yet things usually work out in the end. Recovering from the mistakes and shortcomings of all that we do in this effort is not difficult if the message is right and our efforts are determined. [...]The Libertarian Party Candidate admonished me for “remaining neutral” in the presidential race and not stating whom I will vote for in November. It’s true; I have done exactly that due to my respect and friendship and support from both the Constitution and Libertarian Party members. I remain a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and I’m a ten-term Republican Congressman. It is not against the law to participate in more then one political party. Chuck Baldwin has been a friend and was an active supporter in the presidential campaign. I continue to wish the Libertarian and Constitution Parties well. The more votes they get, the better. [...]I’ve thought about the unsolicited advice from the Libertarian Party candidate, and he has convinced me to reject my neutral stance in the November election. I’m supporting Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.
The endorsement appeared to be without any reservations. As noted last week, Chuck Baldwin's message includes
- "restoring American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations";
- opposing "any legal recognition of homosexual unions" or "legalized adoption of children by homosexuals";
- carrying out "the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born";
- "upholding the right of states and localities to restrict access to drugs";
- "upholding our cherished First Amendment right to free speech by vigorously enforcing our laws against obscenity";
- requiring that tariffs on "foreign imports" will not "be less than the difference between the foreign item's cost of production and the cost of production of a similar item produced in these United States";
- "a moratorium on immigration";
- "the return of a U.S. military presence at the Isthmus of Panama";
- no "foreign entity" should be allowed to own any U.S. assets, including real estate, stocks, bonds, or Treasury notes.