According to pollster.com, Bob Barr is actually polling nationally at an average of 2.3%, which is only about a third of what he claims to be polling, and only 15.3% of the nationwide 15% support he needs to show in order to participate in the debates. That same provably false assertion was made yesterday as well, by LP Media Director Andrew Davis.
Yet Barr is going to sue a church, for not including him in a debate for which he is not even close to being minimally qualified, and which is being held on private church property.
I’m sure Saddleback Church is shaking in their pews right about now. From laughter.
“I would not ask for your help if the circumstances were not so dire.”
No, those are not my words; those are the words of John McCain in a letter he sent to supporters this week, despite having raised $27 million in July.
If Sen. McCain thinks his situation is dire, he would not get out of bed in the morning if he were dealing with our situation.
– We’ve raised less than $1 million
– We’re blocked from upcoming debates
– We’re polling at 6% nationally
No, John McCain could not handle our situation.
But our man, Bob Barr, isn’t slowing down and now he’s fighting mad.
This Saturday, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will take the national stage for their first combined national event.
It will take place at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California.
For the past several weeks, we have put in requests and phone calls to the church’s pastor, Rick Warren, who was quoted this week in Time Magazine as saying, “I want what’s good for everybody, not just what’s good for me. Who’s the best for the nation right now?”
Unfortunately, Pastor Rick Warren doesn’t care to know the true answer to that question as he has willingly excluded Bob Barr and other candidates from his forum on Saturday.
After weeks of negotiations and calls to Saddleback Church from leaders from every corner of the political spectrum supporting Bob Bar’s inclusion, we’ve been left out in the cold.
The only people getting into the event are Obama, McCain and those who reportedly paid $500 to $2,000 to the church to sit in the audience.
Yesterday, I reported to former Congressman Barr that we’ve exhausted every avenue. I told him, “We’ve had calls placed to Pastor Warren from very powerful leaders from the left and the right, we sent in our personal request, and placed numerous phone calls that have not been returned. You are not going to be included.
“Our only option left is to threaten to file an temporary injunction as our attorney’s believe they are in violation of the law.”
Bob responded by saying, “No, don’t threaten to do that . . . Just do it.”
As you read this, our attorneys are filing an injunction against Saddleback Church to include Bob Barr in their forum this Saturday.
You are the first to hear about this.
The complaint is based upon a violation of McCain/Feingold campaign finance legislation.
While we’re no fans of that legislation. However, we don’t write the rules, we’re just forced to play by them. In this case, we’re using McCain/Feingold to our advantage.
The reason I am disclosing so much to you is because this is just the beginning.
At every way you look at it, we’re at a disadvantage.
– We are being blocked from the national stage by the media, debate commissions and now even groups like Saddleback Church.
– Both the campaign and our party have put most of its manpower and money into getting on the ballot in every state.
– And we have our hands tied behind our backs by laws like McCain Feingold that benefit the two major parties.
But none of that matters.
We have a candidate who is worth fighting for and that’s is exactly what we’re going to do.
One way or another, Bob is going to get his message of liberty out to our nation.
We now have lawsuits active in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Massachusetts and now California to challenge the obstacles thrown in our way by the two-party system.
We’re also waging media battles as Bob continues his Midwest tour in Chicago and St. Louis this weekend that will be interrupted by a trip to Orange County, California.
And we’re not slowing down.
The only way to break through the two-party strangle hold is to fight them at every opportunity.
I need your help to continue our efforts.
Our ballot access battles have left our coffers nearly dry and I need you to make a donation today.
Please make a donation right now and help us continue our efforts and fight with every step that we take until Election Day.
Please make your most generous donation today and give as much as you can up to the maximum limit of $2,300.
Thank you for your loyalty, your generosity and for your commitment to liberty.
P.S. According to campaign finance law, our campaign is still in “primary election” season and donations made before the Republican Convention will be counted against the primary limit of $2,300. You can give another $2,300 for the general election. If you can, try your best to reach or get close to the $2,300 limit today or at least before the Republican Convention. If you want to know how close you are to the limit, please call us right now by dialing 1-800-Bob-Barr.