Buddy Roemer: GOP 2012 Race Remains Wide Open

Friday, 02 Sep 2011 04:58 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer, a former Louisiana governor, said Thursday he is not worried that the governor from neighboring Texas, Rick Perry, has surging poll numbers but he is concerned about unemployed Americans. The underdog Roemer, who concedes he has been out of government a long time, also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Thursday the race to snag the GOP nomination for 2012 is not yet over.  
“No, I’m worried about America — the race is still wide open, although it is impressive what [Texas] Governor Perry has done,”  Roemer said.“He has got a good record on jobs — I think jobs is the issue, Neil — I think it is what is driving the president down.

“It’s not about popularity or fancy speeches — it’s about jobs — and when I travel the country, and most of my time in New Hampshire, as you know, and talking at small settings and town hall meetings and churches, the conversation is always the same,” Roemer said. “They don’t know who will be the president, but they expect that the next president will make jobs his or her number one priority. And I think that is what gives Rick Perry a lot of early momentum — his record on jobs.”

Cavuto asked Roemer if he indeed believes the 2012 GOP field remains open, what will ultimately decide who will be the nominee.

“The person who demonstrates the courage, the wisdom, and the commitment to regain economic strength in America, and to do it fairly — to not shut people out, but to build a team to do that,” Roemer said. “And I don’t think that process is over — I’m looking forward to the next debate. Sometime, somewhere, someplace, I will get invited. I’m the only person running who has been a congressman and a governor.

“And when I was governor of the great state of Louisiana, we had the highest unemployment rate in America at a little over 12 percent, and we cut it in half in four years,” he said. “I like my record — my problem, Neil, is that it has been 20 years since I’ve done that — I have retired to private business. I build banks. I like what I’ve done.”

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