Roemer shares “bold ideas” at Politics and Eggs Wednesday
As originally appearing in The Nashua Telegraph

By MARYALICE GILL Staff Writer

BEDFORD–Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination Thursday, spoke in front of 30 local business leaders at Politics & Eggs at Bedford Village Inn Wednesday about his “bold ideas” for America’s future.

“I have never seen anything like America 2011—where those at the top are having the greatest years of their life,” Roemer said, “Corporate profits in our great nation have never been higher than they are right now. When I walk across Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina, I talk to the other 98 percent who have a job but barely, who have a job but are working at 60 percent pay, or they have three jobs. When I walk across America I see a debt so high that it will never be repaid.”

The 52nd Governor of Louisiana, who was elected as a conservative Democrat but switched to the Republican party during his governorship from 1988 to 1992, also served as Congressman for four terms representing the northwestern Louisiana district, and currently serves as President and CEO of Business First Bank in Baton Rouge.

Roemer, a graduate of Harvard University, with an MBA from Harvard Business School, recently purchased a residence on Brown Ave. in Manchester and plans to live there over the next couple months of his campaign.

At Bedford Village Inn Wednesday, Roemer highlighted the four major ideas he plans to run on in his race for the GOP presidential nomination, including a $100 limit on campaign donations, deregulation of small business, insistence on fair trade, and energy independence.

“I have four suggestions, none of them are unique to me, I beg, borrow and steal ideas from all the great minds that I touch,” Roemer said. “But somebody’s got to deliver the message and I don’t think it’s a professional politician, I don’t think it’s a guy worried about reelection. By God, I think it’s somebody that stands with America. It’s just that simple.”

Roemer, who will be the 11th GOP presidential hopeful when he announces his candidacy, acknowledged his little known name in New Hampshire, but is not worried about his ability to gain voter support.

“No one knows me. I accept that joy,” Roemer said. “I can still walk in the mall and people don’t say anything until I say something. They say, ‘Where are you from?’ I’m from New Hampshire. I’m going to spend all my time here these next few months.”

“Nobody’s won this race, it hasn’t even started,” Roemer said. “The last time I checked, the head guy had 100 percent name recognition and 17 percent of the vote. I’ve got 3 percent name recognition, and 2 percent of the vote. I wouldn’t trade places with anybody.”

Maryalice Gill can be reached at 594-6490 or mgill@nasuhatelegraph.com

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