Buddy Roemer to announce run for president
Charles “Buddy” Roemer, 67, former Louisiana Republican governor, is expected to make his 2012 presidential campaign official on Thursday in New Hampshire, which is also going to be where he focuses his attention.
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Carlos Sierra, Roemer’s campaign manager, told CNN that his boss will be living in New Hampshire and “campaigning the heck out of the state.”
His campaign plans to make the Granite State the primary focus early on; Roemer recently moved into an apartment in Manchester with his son. Sierra said when Roemer campaigned for Sen. John McCain in 2008, he connected well with voters in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Roemer served as a Democratic congressman for four terms before being elected governor in 1987. He switched parties in his first gubernatorial term, and subsequently lost the primary to David Duke. (Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a rumored 2012 GOP candidate, is also a Democrat-turned Republican.)
As with most of the longer-shot presidential candidates, Roemer enters the race with an advocacy focus. He plans to only take contributions of $100 or less, and focus overall on campaign finance reform. Since forming his exploratory committee in March, Roemer has raised $95,660, with a significant slice coming from his own wallet.