Libertarian Party Launches TV Ad Campaign Targeting Rep. Bob Barr on Medical Marijuana 8/9/02

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(press release from the Libertarian Party's Drug War Task Force)

The Libertarian candidate running against Georgia Rep. Bob Barr has kicked off a television ad campaign featuring a multiple sclerosis victim who lashes out against the Congressman for his crusade against medical marijuana.

"The ads are designed to put a human face on the cruel and destructive war on medical marijuana victims," says Carole Ann Rand. "Bob Barr has staked out a fanatical, extreme position on this issue, and I'm going to make sure that voters know that."

The ads started running in Barr's district on Tuesday night on Fox News, CNN, TNT, Comedy Central and MSNBC. The initial purchase of 1,000 30-second spots will run in Forsyth and Cherokee counties, and a second buy is scheduled for the rest of the district later this week, Rand says.

The 30-second ad opens with a shot of multiple sclerosis sufferer Cheryl Miller lying on a stretcher as an announcer asks: "Why does Bob Barr want this woman in jail?" Miller introduces herself as a medical marijuana user and says, "Bob Barr thinks I should be in jail for using my medicine. Why would you do that to me, Bob?"

The ad concludes: "When the Drug War turns on our own sick and dying, it's just gone too far -- and so has Bob Barr."

Rand is running the ads, which were produced by the national Libertarian Party, in an attempt to cause Barr to lose in the August 20 primary election against fellow Republican John Linder.

"We've targeted Barr for defeat because he is the most rabid drug warrior in Congress," Rand said. "While terrorists plot more attacks on our country, Barr is urging federal agents to spend their time -- and your money -- arresting medical marijuana patients in California.

"Barr's cruel war on the sick and dying isn't just immoral, it also makes Americans more vulnerable to real, violent criminals and terrorists because police can't be in two places at once."

A recent Gallup poll shows that 73 percent of Americans support medical marijuana, Rand pointed out -- indicating that Barr is far out of the mainstream on the issue.

The TV ads are part of the Libertarian Party's "Incumbent Killer Strategy," which targets for defeat the worst drug warriors in Congress, whether Republican or Democrat.

The ad can be viewed at http://www.randforcongress.com online.

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