- Former Title: Governor of Louisiana (1988-1992)
- Party Affiliation:
- Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
- Religion: Methodist
- Alma Mater: Harvard (BS, MBA)
- Website: http://www.buddyroemer.com
Former Louisiana Governor Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer was a Democrat until he switched parties in 1991. He was Louisiana governor from 1988 to 1992 after serving as a U.S. Congressman for two terms.
He set up an exploratory committee for the presidential elections in March 2011 before any of the other candidates. “I think the president of the United States, whoever he or she is, has to be free to do the right thing and I believe Washington has become a place that is designed to raise money and channel it to the politicians," he told Reuters in a telephone interview in March.
He has vowed to refuse contributions above $100, which could hurt his efforts to send out his message and build a strong supporter base. Currently the founder and CEO of a small business community bank in Baton Rouge, his campaign centers on ending corruption in Washington.
Roemer, who says that the key to creating jobs is the rejuvenation of American manufacturing, argues for the establishment of “legitimate and reasonable economic barriers to unfair competition from abroad”; his focus is on “fair” trade and “buying American.”
Roemer would enforce existing immigration laws while also amending immigration quotas to meet the demands of the labor market.
Roemer supports the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying in a statement that “money and politics has created institutional corruption" and "both parties are guilty of taking the big check and are bought by Wall Street."
Roemer supports expanded oil exploration where the environmental impact would be relatively low. He seeks “balance” in America’s energy sources, which he says should include renewables and natural gas. Roemer would also end all energy subsidies in order “to level the playing field for energy innovation.”
Roemer is opposed to abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or where the mother’s life is endangered. He also rejects same-sex marriage and is a supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Roemer proposes reform, but long-term solvency, for social programs like Medicare and Social Security.
Roemer would shrink federal spending by one percent per year over five years. He would also end all energy subsidies and close the Department of Energy.
Roemer says that the manufacture of American military equipment should be brought back to the United States and nuclear non-proliferation “should be a top priority.”
Roemer intends to repeal Obama’s healthcare legislation, but would protect coverage of preexisting conditions. Roemer’s healthcare reforms would also include tort reform and legislation that would allow Americans to purchase insurance in other states.
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