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A Third Candidate?

As coverage of Sens. Obama and McCain intensifies, Libertarian candidate Bob Barr is causing a stir behind the scenes.

Today's Los Angeles Times feature on the social conservative paints Barr as a possible spoiler, noting that his policies are rarely the focus when he makes the news.

But given his lengthy time in Congress, there's actually quite a bit we do know about the four-time GOP representative from Georgia.

In a Tavis Smiley interview from 2004, Barr spoke about his book, "The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton". In the interview, just after the Democratic National Convention, Barr criticized both John Kerry and John Edawards.

"They really missed a tremendous opportunity to lay out an agenda for the American people," he said.

NOW's profile of the congressman in 2005 pits him against actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo, discussing his views on privacy issues and civil liberties.

More recently, NewsHour's candidate profiles have included Barr and echo the Times' predictions that he could earn a significant number of votes in some states.

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