In case you missed it, I have good news. A new Zogby poll shows that nationally we are holding steady at 6% support from likely voters, but in several of our targeted states, we have gained ground into the double digits!
This poll silences those critics who called the first poll in early July a fluke or inaccurate.
And, as more people get to know Bob Barr and his principled stands on issues, the higher his support will grow and the more difficult it will be to deny him participation in the nationally televised debates next month and in October.
As the Democrats meet this week to officially nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden it will become more and more apparent that when it comes to the hard issues facing our nation, they have no realistic plans for our future. Instead, they will offer various schemes to expand numerous existing government programs, add agencies, offices and departments and generally grow the federal bureaucracy and increase our taxes.
To the extent that they even mention our federal deficit, the national debt and foreign policy, it will only be in the context of attacking George Bush and John McCain. The biggest problems facing our nation today are being ignored in the public policy debate.
Why? Because both the Democrats and Republicans are beholden to big-government special interests. It's been that way for several decades and it isn't going to change now.
Unless . . . Millions of voters join you and me and rise up in a civil, political revolution and demand change!
While we are certainly pleased that the Bob Barr campaign is gaining momentum and attention, I would be lying if I didn't admit that it is a long shot for us to win. But I ask you, does it mean we lose if we don't get the most votes on Election Day?
No, of course not. Bob Barr is in this race to win, but that may not mean being elected the next President of the United States.
On November 5th, politicians and pundits alike won't just be looking at vote totals to see who won (Because right now it is practically guaranteed that whoever wins won't get 50% of the popular votes cast). Every observer in the media and every elected official from the State Legislature to the White House will be seeing how many votes Bob Barr got among their respective constituencies.
Every pundit and every politician knows that those courageous patriots who took the time and energy to vote for Bob Barr are a powerful force and they are the margin between victory and defeat for the future. Furthermore, they know that Bob Barr voters aren't voting against someone and they aren't swayed by some cult of personality. Bob Barr voters support the man because of what he stands for.
It isn't about fluff or spin. It is pure and simple.
Thanks to you and thousands of other activists, we have a strong foundation for the future in place. As of today, there are ten weeks until the election. Just 70 short days.
If we win 6% of the votes on Election Day, it will be historic. But if we can double or even triple that level it will be a result that will be noticed in every community in America.
The establishment - both Republicans and Democrats alike - want you to believe you are throwing away a vote when you cast a ballot for Bob Barr. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
That's the message we have to get across to our target audience - which incidentally, I believe is easily large enough to win the election outright. A strong majority of voters have already made it clear that they want a balanced budget, a reduction in our national debt, lower taxes and smaller government.
Now we just have to convince them that they are not alone in this epic campaign.
This week, Bob is already scheduled to appear on several prominent nationally-televised news programs. He will be able to get across the differences between him and Barack Obama. (Please be sure to encourage your friends and neighbors to pay attention to what Bob has to say!)
Next week, he will similarly have the opportunity to contrast his positions with that of John McCain. But after that, we are in a sprint to get to the threshold required for participation in the national debates.
To win that sprint requires us to elevate campaign activities in September to a higher level. We will need to begin broadcast advertising to build awareness of Bob's candidacy.
But to launch this campaign, we need to raise money. Thanks to your support we are in a great position, but I need you to help again as we raise money to buy radio and TV ads.
Please consider sending a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more to help at this critical stage of the race.
Click here to donate online or learn how you can mail in your generous gift.
Tomorrow, I hope to report to Bob when he calls in that we raised $10,000 today from grass-roots activists like you. Thanks for your help.
To donate by mail:
Barr 2008 Presidential Committee
P.O. Box 725007
Atlanta, GA 31139
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