The Third Party in Tonight's Debate (the Other Barr)


The guy on the right is officially running for president.

I have to admit, every time I get an email that says "Barr for President" I briefly imagine our music editor, Brian J. Barr in the Oval Office, with Justin Farrar as his VP, Neil Young his Secretary of State. Mudhoney would have played the convention, and Oakley Hall would play a Bloody Mary Breakfast in the Rose Garden the first Sunday after he takes office.

Then, of course, I realize that it's actually Congressman Bob Barr who's running on the Libertarian ticket, and I get all kinds of disappointed.

Tonight, while you're live blogging, Twittering, chatting, snarking, and playing a drinking game during tonight's debate, be SURE to check out Rep. Barr's "virtual debate" with O'Biden and McPalin. Press release after the jump.

Bob Barr Moves Presidential Debate into 21st Century

Barr to Participate in Real Time, Virtual Debate With Obama, McCain at

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Using the latest advances in campaign social networking and Internet communication, Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Bob Barr will be participating in a real time, virtual debate during the televised debate between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. Barr's virtual debate will be streamed live over the Internet at beginning at 9:00 p.m. [EST].

"This is a chance for Congressman Barr to address the American people and offer his answers to the questions asked in the debate using the latest advances in Internet social networking," says Russell Verney, Barr's campaign manager. "It's important that voters hear all the voices in this election, especially since Republicans and Democrats—on whose watch all of these problems were created—have proven they don't have the answers Americans are looking for. The advances in Internet communication are making it harder and harder for the two-party system to shut out alternative voices, which American voters are desperate to hear."

"We're calling it the Presidential Debate 2.0," Verney says.

Barr will be delivering an address today at Christopher Newport University at 6:00 p.m. during a campaign stop in Virginia. The virtual debate will be broadcast at 9:00 p.m. [EST] from the university, and streamed live over the Internet at

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