Libertarian candidate Barr visits Duke, Chapel Hill

Libertarian Party presidential candidate, former Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, campaigned Tuesday at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lacking any entourage or visible bodyguards, Barr leaned on a wooden lectern and told the Duke audience of about 100 that both major political parties were working to build a bigger, more intrusive government.

Barr focused on the $700 billion bailout of the financial industry as evidence that both major parties were intent on expanding their control over the economy.

“The job of the president is to devolve power back to the people, to protect their liberty,” Barr said.