At the end of January, there was a story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune discussing the possibility of a presidential run for one time Lousiana governor Buddy Roemer. The story made it seem like the decision had already been made:
Former U.S. Rep. and Gov. Buddy Roemer said he will announce within the next month whether he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.
He said he’s “doing my homework,” but Roemer talks in an interview as if his mind is already made up. He’s discussed it with his family and board members of his Business First Bank and even has lined up a vice president to run the bank in his absence while campaigning.
“I’m getting ready to make my case with the American people,” he said Friday.
I think the paper had it right. Roemer is looking to run for president. Nothing makes that clearer than his name being on this event:
We are excited to host a Meet & Greet type forum this year with individuals that have expressed some interest in the2012 presidential race. As Iowa starts in on the road to the caucuses, we intend to make sure that you get a chance to make an informed decision as to who you believe is worthy of your support.
Those confirmed to attend include former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former CEO of Godfathers Pizza Herman Cain, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
I knew Cain, Pawlenty, Santorum and Roemer were going to be there, but I just learned about Gingrich. With his exploratory committee starting up soon, it’s clear this event is important to Republican candidates. Which is why I was surprised to see Buddy Roemer’s name on the list.
Of course, he could still be testing the waters, but this is being billed as “a 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Meet and Greet Event.”
It seems Buddy Roemer is in the race. While he hasn’t officially formed exploratory committees like Herman Cain and soon to be announced Newt Gingrinch, he is taking all the actions associated with running.
For those interested in attending, the event is this Monday, March 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.