Former Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer
says he is creating an exploratory committee for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, because he believes the nation’s top leader needs to be “free to lead,” and “our presidents are no longer free” in a corrupt Washington, D.C.
“I’m humble and nervous about it, I admit that,” Roemer Thursday said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I am going to announce the formation of an exploratory committee today. I will go to Iowa over the weekend, then New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and start making my case the politics is corrupt in Washington, D.C.
“I call it ‘institutional corruption,’ there’s a fundraiser every night, and congressmen that are about to retire are up for auction, for some lobbyist job,” Roemer said. “America’s hurting and Washington is a boomtown. Something is wrong with that.”
Roemer said he is going limit contributions to “individuals only, $100 maximum, total for the campaign.”
“Just like when I was running for governor 25 years ago, and beat the corrupt Edwin Edwards, in Louisiana politics,” he said.
Host Joe Scarborough asked Roemer whether he believes running a clean campaign, like he did in Louisiana, will work on the national stage in a 2012 presidential race.
“Well, that’s what the exploration is about,” Roemer said. “I think it will. I think the average person is hurting, and I think they see in Washington action that doesn’t make sense. You do a financial reform bill, guys, and it doesn’t break up banks too big to fail. Why is that?
“You do a healthcare bill and you don’t have tort reform? You do a healthcare bill and you don’t make the pharmaceutical companies discount their prices? This doesn’t make sense,” he continued.
“And here’s going to be my message: I think the president needs to be free to lead,” he said. “Our presidents are no longer free, they’re out for the money, they have to raise a billion dollars to run for office. It’s not right, and we are going to try and change it.”
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