Roemer to announce – and live – in N.H.
As originally appearing in Boston.com

By Shira Schoenberg, Globe Correspondent

Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday in New Hampshire – and then live in the lead primary state for the next several months.

“I am looking forward to meeting, and listening to, the great people of New Hampshire over the next few months,” Roemer said in a statement. “America needs a president who is free to lead now more than ever.”

Roemer likely will preview his speech tomorrown during an appearance at a “Political & Eggs” breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn. The event is jointly sponsored by The New England Council and The New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College.

Roemer served in the US House from 1981 to 1988 and then was governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992.

A former Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party in 1991. He now is president and chief executive officer of Business First Bank.

Roemer has been running on a platform of lower government spending and campaign finance reform, arguing that the current system of government is corrupt.

Nonetheless, he has barely registered on most polls. As of June 30, he had raised $60,000 in contributions and loaned or gave himself $35,000.

Shira Schoenberg can be reached at sschoenberg@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shiraschoenberg.

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