Presidential Candidate Roemer Running as Independent

February 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
GOP Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer Speaks At National Press Club
Buddy Roemer speaks at the National Press Club in Washington in this file photo from Aug.15, 2011. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer is leaving the Republican Party, but not dropping his bid for the White House, according to a statement from his campaign on Feb. 22.

Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana and a four-term congressman, said he will run as an Independent candidate.

“As the GOP and the networks host debate number 20-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former governor and congressman,” Roemer said in a statement, referring to himself.

He has not been invited to participate in any of the Republican debates due to his low support in the polls.

Roemer, who said he would make tackling special interest groups in Washington a priority, said he would now seek the nomination from Americans Elect, which is an independent group seeking ballot access across the United States. He also said that he is seeking nomination with the Reform Party.