Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who endorsed GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich last December, believes that Gingrich’s record makes him the best pick to take over the White House even now, when the former Speaker lost his front-runner status.
Barr served in the U.S. House of Representatives along Gingrich, who also represented Georgia, and for four years under his speakership. Barr ran for president on the libertarian ticket in 2008 and received about half a million votes.
“Of all of the Republican candidates, he is the one best equipped and with an actual track record of accomplishing important conservative and libertarian goals,” Barr said in an interview with the Daily Caller. “A track record to me is a much better indicator of where these candidates truly stand than what they may say. Under Newt’s leadership we balanced the federal budget, we cut taxes significantly and we reformed welfare substantially and permanently. Those three things stand out as irrefutable evidence that Newt is committed to and knows how to accomplish goals that are important to libertarians and conservatives because they shrink the size of government and empower the people and businesses and states.”
The decision to endorse Gingrich, who is a Republican, didn’t sit well with Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters, but Barr said he stands by his decision.
“I’m very comfortable and happy supporting Newt,” Barr said. “It’s not to say that other candidates like Ron Paul don’t have very good ideas.”
Paul is also running as a Republican, but considers himself more aligned with libertarian principals and has become the Libertarian Party’s most visible spokesperson.
Gingrich has been campaigning in his home state of Georgia this week, in hopes of reenergizing his bid for the White House with a big win in the Peach State. Georgia offers 76 delegates on March 6th, the Super Tuesday, the most out of the ten states holding their primaries in a week from today.