Roemer dumps GOP, seeks Reform ticket

Former Louisiana Governor and Congressman Charles E. (Buddy) Roemer announced on February 22 that he has withdrawn as a candidate for the Republican nomination as President of the United States, and said he plans to seek the Reform Party nomination instead.

His statement said, "As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take by campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for American's Elect. Also, after many discussions with the Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination."

The Reform Party gained recognition for nominating Ross Perot for President in 1992 and 1996, and maintains a continuing conservative program with candidates in several states.

Roemer said, "It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together we will take on the special interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America's top priority--jobs.

He made his announcement in an online speech from Santa Monica, California.

The Reform Party's most noted candidate has been Ross Perot, who ran for President against George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton in 1992, and against Clinton and Bob Dole in 1996. The Party has sponsored candidates for local, state, and national offices in California, Mississippi, Kansas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas, Maine.

In Louisiana, the Reform Party announces William McShan as a candidate for U.S. Senator.

Roemer served as Congressman from the Fourth (Shreveport) District from 1 981-1988, and Governor from 1988-1982. While serving as Governor in 1991, Roemer switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

As a Republican candidate for President, Roemer campaigned in New Hampshire and Maine, but was excluded from the national debates because he failed to meet the threshold of national polling, and financial contributions. He refused to accept PAC and special interest donations, limiting his financial contributions to $100 per person. His announcement speech in New Hampshire was carried only by C-SPAN, and he was interviewed on C-SPAN. Those appearances are available in the C-SPAN archives.