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article imageFormer Gov. Buddy Roemer to seek White House in third-party bid

By Andrew Moran     Feb 22, 2012 in Politics
Baton Rouge - Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer has announced that he will end his Republican nomination bid for the White House. Instead, Roemer will seek the nomination for two third-party groups: Americans Elect and the Reform Party.
After being excluded from every Republican Party presidential debate that has been held thus far, omitted from polls and barely mentioned in the mainstream media, former Louisiana Congressman and Governor Buddy Roemer is ending his GOP presidential campaign.
Roemer said in a statement that he plans to formally announce Thursday his official end to his Republican presidential nomination bid. Instead, he will seek the presidency through the means of a third party and make his case directly to the American people.
The former governor will seek both the nomination of the Reform Party and the direct nomination of Americans Elect, which will hold a nationwide online primary in June. Roemer told Digital Journal earlier this month that it would be a possibility that he would run for Americans Elect if his Republican bid was unsuccessful.
“Tomorrow, I will formally end my bid for the GOP nomination for president of the United States,” said Roemer in a prepared statement Wednesday. “As the GOP and the networks host debate number 20-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former governor and congressman.”
Throughout the campaign trail, Roemer has focused on the issues of campaign finance reform and getting rid of big money in politics, such as lobbyists and special interests.
Roemer is best known for limiting campaign contributions to $100 and refusing to take Political Action Committee, Super PAC or special interests money. He has also harshly criticized the Washington machine, the two-party system and the Obama administration.
He was not the first Republican to feel disenfranchised and decided to leave the party this election cycle. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson abandoned his GOP bid for the White House and ran for the Libertarian Party nomination.
It has been hinted for the last few months that former Utah Governor and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul and even former United States Comptroller General David Walker would run for Americans Elect.
For more information on Buddy Roemer, be sure to check out our in-depth interview with the former governor.
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