Roemer Goes Independent

Roemer leaving GOP, but not presidential campaign

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer is giving up his attempt to win the Republican nomination for president. But he's not giving up his bid for the White House.
Roemer announced Wednesday that he is leaving the GOP after dismal performances in the states that so far have held primary contests or caucuses.
Instead, he's going independent, trying to become the nominee of Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group pushing for a third-party candidate to run against President Barack Obama and the eventual Republican nominee.
Also, Roemer says he'll seek the nomination of the Reform Party.
The former congressman has built his campaign on lambasting special interests in politics, limiting his campaign donations to $100 and refusing money from political action committees.

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2/22/2012 10:04:48 AM (GMT -6:00)

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