Buddy Roemer suspends U.S. presidential campaign
Friday, June 1, 2012
Roemer opened his presidential campaign in July 2011 as a Republican, focusing on and . He limited campaign contributions to $100 and rejected (PAC) money, arguing "I have deliberately chosen a path requiring the help of many because that’s the way to win and, more importantly, that’s the way to get these mighty things done after the election."
He failed to make much of an impact on, and was excluded from all . Though he continued his GOP campaign, in November, he decided to seek the nomination of Americans Elect, a non-profit organization attempting to field a ticket that would be "responsive to the vast majority of citizens while remaining independent of special interests and the partisan interests of either major political party."
Roemer finally ended his Republican bid in February and announced a switch to the Reform Party, while continuing his quest for the Americans Elect nomination. He led the organization by the number of supporters, but, like all other candidates, failed to meet the party's threshold for support. As a result, the party decided earlier this month to not nominate a 2012 ticket.
After the decision, Roemer expressed his displeasure to Uncovered Politics, and said he would "take a couple of days to reassess the campaign" on whether to continue seeking the presidential nomination of the Reform Party. He ultimately decided to end the campaign due to insufficient ballot access. Though Americans Elect was hoping to achieve ballot access in all 50 states, the Reform Party currently has access in only four states.
In the e-mail, Roemer thanked campaign staff, supporters, and his family. He criticized the system of "Washington, and called for the creation of a "team of reformers" to "re-energize our republic." To conclude, he advised supporters, "Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Together, we will continue to reform our country and make America great once again. We are just getting started."" in
- "Buddy Roemer ends Republican presidential bid to seek Reform Party nomination" — Wikinews, February 23, 2012
- "Campaign manager: 100 percent chance Buddy Roemer will run for Americans Elect presidential nomination" — Wikinews, December 1, 2011
- "Former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer announces run for president" — Wikinews, July 22, 2011
- Austin Cassidy. "Roemer Suspends Campaign" — , May 31, 2012
- Alexander Burns. "Buddy Roemer quits 2012 race" — , May 31, 2012
- Darcy Richardson. "Roemer Reacts to Americans Elect Decision" — , May 17, 2012
- "Americans Elect Will Not Nominate a 2012 Presidential Ticket" — , May 17, 2012