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Buddy Roemer No Longer Running for President -- Buddy Roemer, who few knew was running for president, announced on Thursday that he is dropping out of the race.

A former congressman and governor of Louisiana, Roemer staged the long shot of long-shot bids for the White House as an independent candidate.  His main issues were sticking it to Wall Street and tax reform.

Faced with the impossibility of getting the nomination from either of the country’s two main parties, Roemer sought support from the third-party group Americans Elect, which folded up shop recently after promising that it would change the way candidates get elected.

On his website Thursday, Roemer said that he’s done.

“Today, I am no longer a candidate for President of the United States,” he said at the beginning of a statement.

Now the question for Roemer is whom will he endorse?

Carlos Sierra, his spokesman, told ABC News, ”At this point no other candidate has endorsed Gov. Roemer’s reform principles, so no.”

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Buddy Roemer Beats Gingrich, Paul in Puerto Rican Primary JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Sunday’s primary in Puerto Rico was bad for any GOP candidate not named Mitt Romney.  However, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul had particularly dismal performances on the island.

The votes are still being counted, but with 83 percent of the vote in, Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana who officially withdrew his bid for the GOP nomination in February, outperformed Gingrich and Paul.  Roemer, who is now seeking the Reform Party’s nomination for president in 2012, is about 200 votes ahead of Gingrich, and more than 1,000 votes ahead of Paul.

Paul is currently in last place, behind Roemer, Gingrich, and Fred Karger -- a gay rights activist and a veteran of several GOP presidential campaigns, including ones that elected Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Romney currently has 85 percent of the vote in Puerto Rico, with Rick Santorum at a distant second place with 8 percent. Gingrich and Paul have claimed 2 and 1 percent of the vote, respectively, so far.

Neither Gingrich nor Paul campaigned in Puerto Rico ahead of the primary.

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Buddy Roemer Blasts GOP Candidates for PACs, Financial Secrecy

BuddyRoemer dot com(WASHINGTON) -- While his big-name competitors jockeyed for the spotlight in Iowa last week, Republican presidential candidate Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer, III laid claim to New Hampshire, ribbing his peers at events across the state and banking his political future on voters who “live free or die.”
“It's the first vote. Iowa is a caucus, kind of manipulated,” Roemer, the 67-year-old former Louisiana governor told ABC News' Top Line. “You could vote in the poll there Saturday, [but] it costs you $35 to vote. You know, we made that against the law in America.”
“You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote. New Hampshire still lives free or dies,” he said. “It's where this race will be decided.”
Roemer, who has eschewed the role of big money in campaigns and accepts only donations of $100 or less, says his message resonates with voters in the Granite State, where he has spent the past 36 days blasting his Republican peers for running for office awash in cash.
“I challenge them: No PACs, no ‘super’ PACs. Set your limit at whatever you want to, but everything fully disclosed,” he said in a criticism that echoes that leveled by top Democrats and the Obama campaign. “No hidden deals. Come on, guys. Come on, ladies. We can turn this country around.”
Roemer appeared to be directing his criticism at front-runner Mitt Romney, who has raised more money than any other candidate while accepting donations from registered lobbyists, and is backed by the super PAC “Restore Our Future,” run by Romney’s friends.  Romney and all the Republican presidential candidates have refused to voluntarily disclose the names of their top fundraisers, or bundlers.
“I'm the only person running who has fought toe-to-toe with corruption in his great state of Louisiana, and I know the power of special interest money, and I think the reason that Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have done so well is because they get their funds generally from average people,” Roemer said. “However, they both have formed special PACs, deliberately hidden from view without knowing who the donors are. They both take PAC money, so they're better than the other candidates, but they're not where they need to be.”
“This nation faces great challenges,” he said, “and a president needs to be free to lead.”

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Buddy Roemer Announces He's Running for President, 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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Potential GOP Presidential Candidates to Gather in Iowa for Forum

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WAUKEE, Iowa) -- Hawkeye State political watchers are billing it as the first "cattle call" of the 2012 campaign season.

Monday night, just outside Des Moines, Iowa, five potential GOP candidates will gather for a presidential forum organized by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.  They include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- who last week announced he was entering the exploratory phase of his campaign -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and two other candidates who have launched exploratory committees: former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and Georgia businessman Herman Cain.

Faith and Freedom Coalition President Steve Scheffler describes the event as "the largest gathering of pro-family, values minded voters in the spring of 2011."

In a letter to the candidates, Scheffler said the gathering "is not a debate and there will be no Question and Answer time, but it will give presidential candidates ten minutes to make a pitch and present their vision as the voters of Iowa begin the process of making their decisions for the first in the nation caucuses."

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Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer to Announce Longshot Presidential Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Newt Gingrich has company. Turns out the former House Speaker is not the only one who will be dipping his toe into presidential waters on Thursday. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer plans to announce a presidential exploratory committee at a news conference in Baton Rouge.

Roemer served as governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, and before that, as a member of Congress from the state’s 4th Congressional district from 1981 to 1988.

He was a Democrat for most of his political career before switching to the Republican Party in 1991. He lost the GOP gubernatorial primary that year to former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke. Roemer currently serves as president of Baton Rouge’s Business First Bank, where Thursday’s event will take place.

Roemer’s news conference, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., will coincide with Gingrich’s expected announcement in Atlanta that he will begin what aides call an “explore phase” of a presidential campaign. Such a move will allow Gingrich to prepare for a presidential run, but it is legally different from an exploratory committee.

It’s unclear exactly what assets he brings to the table or what role he might play in the GOP primary, but with many of the other big-name Republicans still on the sidelines, lesser-known candidates like Roemer are taking advantage of the vacuum to soak up some media attention.

The Harvard-educated Louisiana native tried and failed to launch a political comeback in 1995 with another gubernatorial run and flirted with a Senate bid in 2004, but eventually declined to enter the race. Roemer, 68, underwent serious heart surgery in 2005.

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