Former Louisiana governor Roemer looks to White House bid

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:51 PM
Former Louisiana governor Roemer looks to White House bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Louisiana governor Charles "Buddy" Roemer is forming a presidential exploratory committee in pursuit of the Republican nomination, he announced on Thursday in Baton Rouge.

The one-term governor and multi-term congressman, once seen as a rising political star, comes back to the political arena since leaving it in the early nineties.

"I felt compelled to explore a potential candidacy for President of United States because I've never been more concerned about America's future," Roemer said in a statement in which he described himself as "a seasoned warrior against special interest money."

Roemer presently serves as president and CEO at Business First Bank, which his statement said "took no bailout money from the federal government."

Special interest money would be absent from his potential presidential run, Roemer said, promising to limit all donations to $100 per person.

Roemer made the announcement at Business First Bank, where he presently serves as President and CEO.

"Reform will need to be embraced by ordinary Americans who are courageous enough to discuss how special interest money limits our President's ability to make the tough decisions," Roemer said.

Roemer was once a Democrat but switched to the Republican party half way through his only term.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)