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Jul212011

Buddy Roemer Announces He's Running for President

BuddyRoemer.com(HANOVER, N.H.) -- Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer announced his candidacy for president at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Thursday afternoon. With the addition of the former Louisiana governor, there are now 11 contenders in the 2012 presidential race.

In his announcement speech, Roemer said, “I run to prepare America to grow jobs again, beginning with the elimination of our tolerance for unfair foreign trade practices and the use of our own tax code to ship jobs overseas. I run to reveal and challenge the control of the special interest over our nation’s capital, and demonstrate the freedom to lead that can only come from refusing their money.”

Roemer is pledging that he'll take no money from political action committees and no donation more than $100.

But with his self-imposed fundraising limitations, low-name identification outside of Louisiana, and late start, Roemer is unlikely to compete for the nomination.

Roemer served four terms as a Democratic congressman from Louisiana, then became governor of the state in 1988. He switched affiliations to the GOP in his third year as governor and lost re-election for a second term.

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