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Buddy Roemer: GOP Pres. Candidate Who Backs Occupy, Campaign Finance Reform, Excluded From Debates
Buddy Roemer is a candidate on the Republican ballot in New Hampshire, but has not been invited to this weekend’s two Republican debates — or any of the past 16 debates — even though he is a former governor of Louisiana and four-term member of Congress. Roemer’s campaign is unusual in the Republican field: He has refused to accept campaign contributions more than $100, rejected all donations from political action committees, and has made campaign finance the key plank in his platform. He has also endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement. “[President Obama] gets elected and he says he wants change, but he takes all his money from these same corporations who don’t want change,” Roemer says. “Special interests control Washington — I’ve been there.”
Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III (born October 4, 1943) is an American politician who served as the 52nd Governor of Louisiana, from 1988 to 1992. He was elected as a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party on March 11, 1991. Prior to serving as Governor, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Roemer
Buddy explained why he switched from Democrat to Republican, and more.
Gov. Buddy Roemer: Washington Is Institutionally Corrupt (Morning Joe @ MSNBC)
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Buddy Roemer to Occupy Wall Street: “I Stand By You”
He was the first in the field to fully embrace Occupy Wall Street.
Buddy Roemer sees it:
(a) Politics has been completely corrupted by “Super PACs” and other special interest money.
(b) China’s protectionist trade practices and human rights violations are an abomination.
(c) The Dodd-Frank financial reform law is “a disgrace” because it formalizes the concept that mega banks like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs are “too big to fail,” regardless of whether they pursue reckless or unscrupulous practices.
(d) While he’s counting on the Occupy Movement to boost his nearly invisible campaign, he disagrees with many of the activists that bigger government is the solution to most problems. “They don’t know how to get things done sometimes, but they always know when something is in trouble,” he says. “I think their solutions are in the wrong direction. They think government needs to be bigger. I think government needs to be better.”