FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 21, 2011
CONTACT: Carlos Sierra
Governor Buddy Roemer Announces
Presidential Bid in New Hampshire
HANOVER, N.H. –Republican businessman and former Louisiana Governor
Buddy Roemer today formally announced that he will seek the GOP
nomination for President in 2012.
“Today, I run for President of the United States. I run to reveal
control of special interests in Washington and to demonstrate that the
freedom to lead only comes by refusing their money. I run to
America for job growth, beginning with the elimination of unfair trade
practices and attacking the debt. I run as a proud Republican,
even prouder American.”
“Manufacturing jobs now account for fewer than 10% of America’s
workforce. ‘Made in America’ has disappeared. We have fewer
pay less while China is having the greatest boom in history – and we
are the ones paying for it. The government has failed to confront
unfair trade and the boys at the top are living so well they’ve
forgotten the rest of America.”
Governor Roemer has publically committed to limiting individual
donations to $100 and refuses to accept campaign contributions from
special interest groups or political committees.
“We must break the stranglehold of special interest money on our
political system. It’s the special interests who use unfair trade
self-written tax loopholes to make their fortunes while stealing our
future,” said Roemer, “The guys with the big checks don’t want reform
or change because they’ve never had it so good.”
Buddy Roemer served four terms in Congress from 1981-1988 and was
Louisiana Governor from 1988-1992. During his tenure, he enacted
reforms that cut unemployment by approximately half, balanced the state
budget every year, linked teachers’ pay to performance, established
education accountability standards, confronted public unions, and
passed sweeping campaign finance reform legislation.
Since leaving public office, Governor Roemer has served as founder,
president and CEO of Business First Bank, a business community bank
that did not take bailout money from the federal government.
Roemer lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife, Scarlett, and is
the father of three children. He received his undergraduate
from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.