Let Buddy Debate

Gov. Roemer Gets Local Support

To Be Included in GOP Debates

Manchester, NHGovernor Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer today responded to a Boston Globe editorial which makes the case for his inclusion in the upcoming New Hampshire debates. In fact, several local media outlets and GOP activists have been calling for the four-term Congressman and former Governor of Louisiana to be included.
The Boston Globe editorial (Dec. 27, 2011) said that Governor Roemer is “making a dedicated effort in New Hampshire, where he polled ahead of Texas Governor Rick Perry in one recent survey, and should be included in the Granite State debates on Jan. 7 and 8… Roemer is capable of bringing fresh energy to the long-running GOP show: It’s even possible to imagine him catching fire for at least a moment, the way the tag team of Trump-Bachmann-Perry-Cain-Gingrich have all taken turns as Mitt Romney’s sparring partner.”
NHGOP State Committeeman Steve Duprey agreed, saying "Governor Roemer has worked hard enough in New Hampshire to be in every debate."
Roemer confirmed that his campaign has been the most involved in the New Hampshire primary. "We’ve attended the most town halls and GOP meetings," said Roemer. "Other candidates chose to make Florida their national headquarters, or have consistently skipped the First in the Nation Primary. When was the last time anyone in New Hampshire saw Michele Bachmann? I'm from Southern New Hampshire - you can tell by my accent."
Former NHGOP Chairman Fergus Cullen shared the Boston Globe’s sentiment about including Gov. Roemer:
“Part of what makes the New Hampshire primary work is that we provide a level playing field where lesser known, lesser funded candidates have an equal opportunity to get their message out and earn support. To me, any candidate who has been elected to federal or statewide office meets the credibility threshold for inclusion in a debate. Buddy Roemer meets that criteria, and he’s also been working hard in New Hampshire, too. I think Buddy has earned a podium on the debate stage, and I hope organizers will include him.”
Roemer has demonstrated his ability to speak to all kinds of Republicans and independent voters, including both TEA Partiers and Occupy protestors. At base, Roemer has said, "they both know that politics in America stinks. It's about the money. Presidential candidates are bought and sold by special interests."
Jerry DeLemus, Chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, expressed frustration over the exclusion of Roemer from the debates so far:
"New Hampshire is known for our motto 'Live Free or Die.' So how is it that in our state we fail to embrace New Hampshire's independent nature? I am referring to the exclusion of voices that need to be heard and for whatever reason are being kept from being included in the Primary Debates.  One candidate is Governor Buddy Roemer who has also served in the United States Congress. I have met and talked with Governor Roemer on a number of occasions, as well as heard him speak to a number of New Hampshire 'Liberty Groups.' Governor Roemer is the only candidate I have witnessed receive a standing ovation. In an election as crucial as our next Presidential election it is imperative to hear from candidates like Governor Roemer, and I urge the debate organizers to be inclusive and to invite him to participate, as the voters deserve to hear all voices and ideas."
Jane Aitken of the NH Tea Parties Coalition pointed to Governor Roemer's experience:
"Corruption, out of control spending, and big government are probably the three main problems America faces today. These issues are at the forefront of the Roemer campaign. Voters should not overlook Gov Roemer's experience in breaking up corruption in Louisiana, which puts him on the front lines of those who have actually done something."
Governor Roemer recently earned the endorsements of State Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown) and Plymouth area conservative activist Henry Ahern. State Rep. Kevin Avard, who previously endorsed Governor Perry, said that he "would appreciate Governor Roemer being included in the upcoming New Hampshire debates. Buddy would be a great alternative to the current crop of GOP candidates."

Governor Buddy Roemer is a four-term Congressman and former Governor of Louisiana. He is known for refusing PAC and special interest money, implementing campaign finance reform, turning around Louisiana’s failing economy and cutting the state’s unemployment rate in half in just four years. Roemer is a candidate for President of the United States. His website is www.BuddyRoemer.com.