Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer speaks at UC Berkeley

Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer spoke on April 17 in 105 GSPP.
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Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer spoke on April 17 in 105 GSPP.

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Independent presidential candidate Buddy Roemer offered a mix of social and economic platforms aimed at reclaiming American status in a speech before around 40 people at UC Berkeley Tuesday.

Roemer served four terms as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1980s before serving as the governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, during which time he switched to the Republican Party. In his speech at the Goldman School of Public Policy on Tuesday, Roemer emphasized that special interests — like lobbyists and political action committees — are impinging on the operations of government and  creating a situation in which money breeds interests. Campaign finance reform, he said, is fundamental to the freedom, sovereignty and transparency of politicians.

“When Goldman Sachs calls, they can talk to a secretary or an assistant, but not to me,” Roemer said, referring to the effect his $100 donation limit would have if he becomes president. “Washington is not just broken. It’s bought.”

He said that while there are problems in American government, foreign trade imbalances are also increasingly threatening. Roemer asserted that China’s national currency, the renmibi, is kept artificially low in value to increase Chinese exports. At the same time, he said, American products are often not accepted into the Chinese market without regulation or delay.

“I’m not a warrior. I’m a fair guy, and I would go to China and say, ‘Let’s level this out,’” Roemer said. “We’re letting them get away with murder, and it ought to be stopped.”

Roemer initially entered the 2012 election as a Republican candidate. But after dismal polling and name recognition as well as no debate invitations from major networks, Roemer left the Republican Party in February for an independent run. Now he is part of the Americans Elect platform, which uses social media and online tools to promote alternative candidacies.

In an interview with The Daily Californian following his speech, Roemer admitted that one of the greatest problems facing his campaign is that many people do not know about his platforms or who he is. But he said he is relying on youth, specifically at universities, to mobilize his campaign.

He said in the interview that many students were encouraged by his sense of optimism about the American economy and future and appreciated his stance on campaign contributions.


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  • grapevine

    Go to the following web page and read the comment of “grapevine.”  Read the citations that have been assembled there.  They are excellent sources of information about Buddy Roemer, written by independent, objective, and reliable journalists and historians.

  • grapevine

    The best place to learn the true facts about Buddy is here, in the comments that refer to objective, reliable sources:

  • Independent Presidential Candidate Buddy Roemer had my vote in NH & will have my vote again in November.  This Former Governor, 4 Term Congressman & Successful Businessman has been cut off at every pass by the GOP & Media.  Purposely excluded from all the debates.  Everytime he qualified for a debate they changed the qualifications.  Tell you something?  They do not want you to hear his message of getting the money out of our political system.  Buddy Roemer asks the tough questions and is not afraid to do so.  A True Patriot & just what this country needs right now.  Obviously fighting corruption & changing things for the greater good will ALWAYS ruffle some feathers.  Quite frankly it makes you more enemies than friends it seems.  With that said if you’d like to ruffle some feathers in Washington then I’d encourage you to learn more about him at You can also register as a delegate over at Americans Elect & Vote for Buddy Roemer at the nations first ever online primary here Remember your support for Governor Roemer at Americans Elect does not mean you have to vote for him come November but it is neccessary to get his foot in the door.  A debate between Buddy Roemer, The President & Mitt Romney would be a historical event I can promise you that.  He needs your help though so sign up today.   Don’t let Millionaires & Billionaires pick our next President.  We the people have a choice through Americans Elect.  Follow him on Twitter @BuddyRoemer and “like” his Facebook page.  You’ll be glad you did.   

    • Say Amen


      You have accepted what Buddy has told you as to why he was not on any debate. As he has always done in his political career and as shown in the following articles about him, Buddy lies.
      See   Also see

      Buddy fabricates a conspiracy theory as to why he was not invited to any debate. The debates were run by the networks and they set the rules, not the Republican party. The networks announced that the candidates must have received only 1% at least on several national polls (as the debates went on, they increased the thresholds). Buddy claims he had 4% or 5% on national polls and they still would not let him on. The truth is that he never received anything close to 1% on any national poll. He did not meet the minimum reasonable standards. If he had 4%, he would have been on all the debates.

  • Buddy Roemer is the only presidential candidate that has the integrity to take action against Special Interests NOW! He proves it by putting his campaign money where his mouth is and currently runs his campaign with self imposed limits of $100 max. contribution. No PAC’s or Super PAC’s.

    He is the only candidate who has been granted Matching Funds from the FEC because his donations are received in small amounts from all across the country which means he is the most qualified of all of the candidates to represent “we the people” and not corporate interests.

    Roemer is running for the nomination of the first ever online split party ticket called Americans Elect, which is on course to be on the ballot in all 50 states. You can learn more about Americans Elect here:

    I suggest anyone who is just finding out about Buddy Roemer now do a little research by going to his website here: and than registering with Americans Elect here: to officially add a support click for Buddy Roemer.

    • Say Amen

      In order to receive those matching funds, Buddy Roemer had to receive a minimum number of donations from several different states, totaling a minimum amount. All of those donations were received while he was running as a Republican for the Republican nomination.

      If the people who gave the donations, and I was one, would have known that he was going to switch to a third party– the secret big money financed Americans Elect — and be running against the Republican nominee, would they have made their donation? I would not have given the donation if I had known that he would do that.

      It is wrong for Roemer to receive donations and then $285K in matching funds to use in his campaign against the Republican party when he received those donations and those matching funds on the false representation that he was operating a Republican party campaign. Anyone who receives donations while campaigning in one party should not be able to use those donations as the basis for matching funds and then use the original donations and the matching funds to run a campaign in another party.

      It was a typical and characteristic Roemer deception to run as a Republican and then, when his campaign was a failure to switch and run against the Republican party.

      It is likewise deceptive and wrong for Roemer to campaign against big money controlling politics and then to switch to Americans Elect, in order to gain the $20 million made by secret big money donors who not only want to influence the president, they want to pick and own him. To learn about this scam, go to and search for Americans Elect.

      If you would like to learn more about Buddy Roemer, go to this website and read the comments by Buddy’s supporters and a critic. Also examine the web pages they cite, which will provide you with independent analysis.

  • Stan De San Diego

    All squawking and hysteria aside, the fact that his name needs to be prefaced with “presidential candidate” to explain who he is, should be a clear indication that he’s in fact a non-entity.

  • Pixilicious

    That Cal is even a stop on the Right Wing campaign tour is dismal testimony to how far this place has degenerated in the last half-century.  Where else but Cal in the 70’s would a Nixon adviser to the Vietnam war (Scalapino was his name) need a pair of body guards who took the stage with him as he taught his class? The guy was pretty much of a nervous wreck; jumping at every sound coming from the class (of which there were an unusually large number, of course). Quite entertaining.

    Now? You’ve got Right Wing fanatics *volunteering* to come here. My, how the mighty have fallen.

    • HecterBobby

      Phuck your stupidd!!!

  • Buddy Roemer is the best talker in the presidential election campaign. When I heard him speak I was impressed and became a supporter and donated to his campaign. When he switched to Americans Elect after receiving a pathetic 4/10 of 1% vote in the New Hampshire primary, however, I started to do research about him. He is not the wonderful candidate that he appears to be.

    He has adopted a technique often used by political demagogues. He relies on the dissatisfaction of the American public toward politicians. In essence, his strategy is to attack everyone in politics and the whole system and then have the public presume that he will be able to fix it. He condemns politics and all other leading politicians in order to present himself as someone different — an honest politician.

    The trick Mr. Roemer uses is to attack the system for its obvious and undoubted deficits. That is like betting the sun will rise tomorrow. He can’t lose. (See the 1987 NY Times article about Buddy, cited below, where he says he uses his poker technique in politics). He claims the system is corrupt and all other politicians are corrupted. Almost everyone likes what he says. He is betting on the hope they will think that voting for him will fix it.

    The real question is not whether there should be campaign finance reform, as Buddy harangues with convincing ferocity. The question is whether Buddy is the man who can and will fix it. To answer that question, we need to look at his history to learn if he really was as good a congressman and governor as he claims.

    Many people accept everything Buddy says about himself as true (as I did). That is a dangerous assumption when dealing with a politician. Let’s look at the record.

    Roemer just says he is an honest politician who cannot be bought. His actions speak with greater honesty than his words. He is seeking the nomination of Americans Elect because he wants to be bought. AE is a secret organization controlled by unknown big money donors who have an agenda. We do not know who they are or what agenda they intend. They have the control of the Americans Elect from behind the curtain. They can override the public internet “supporters.” They may also control the counting and the reporting of the AE vote. This appears to be a set-up job with Roemer’s mentor Lessig on the Board. Go to and look at their articles on Americans Elect.

    Roemer talks against corruption and argues for transparency, then seeks the AE nomination, effectively using AE’s $20 – $30 million financed by unknown donors to launch his campaign. He limits contributions to $100 because he does not need it. AE will provide the funds.

    Roemer did the same thing in the past. In 1991 he was such a bad governor that he could not hope to be re-elected as a Democrat, so he cut a deal with the Republican party to switch to Republican if they would finance his campaign. See this history:

    In 1987 he won election because he could mesmerize the crowd with his preacher-like talk condemning corrupt politics. But once elected, he did not have a clue how to govern. His personality is that of a loner, a curmudgeon, damning the world with such passion and skill using his “Buddy Talk.” See this fascinating history as to how he struggled to try to figure out what to do as governor.

    He turned out to be one of the worst governors in Louisiana history. He could not get along with people. He could not put together a competent staff. He lacked the political common sense and ability to pass legislation. He did not work hard and seemed to love the adoration of his campaign followers but had no ability to govern. To see Buddy’s ineffective record as governor and congressman look at this excellent history of Louisiana’s governors, pages 259-268:,%22+Roemer&source=bl&ots=GXt38E_jVv&sig=poXJMn9QbCUESjDIP2-foOb3YLY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n-xjT7CXDOORiQL8n_SiDw&ved=0CGMQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22Often%20wrong%2C%20but%20never%20in%20doubt%22%20Roemer&f=false

    As a congressman he was inept. He chaired no committees and did not author any significant legislation. His only accomplishment in Congress was that he won money at poker. Yes, he was a convincing bluffer.
    A NY Times article from 1987 describes Mr. Roemer’s record in his eight years in Congress.

    Mr. Roemer plans to use his same technique again if he returns to Washington as President. Note his statement in this article, the fourth paragraph from the end, beginning with “If elected,”:
    He says he “would emphasize listening and working in a bipartisan way, through poker games.” Incredible!

    Most of the things Buddy says about his past are false. See this web page where he obtained a reputation in Louisiana for mendacity (that continues to today).

    A PPP poll of Louisiana voters, just released, shows that here in his own home state he has the worst rating of any candidate for president. Two out of three of the people who know him best have an unfavorable opinion of him. (28% favorable, 56% unfavorable). He is Louisiana’s UNfavorite son. See

    Americans have been deceived by slick politicians in the past. Let’s try to investigate what candidates have done rather than gullibly accept what they say. Buddy Roemer will not withstand that scrutiny.

    • Mike

       What’s wrong with listening and working in a bipartisan way through Poker?  It’s called letting your hair down and BEING HUMAN!

    • Mike

       Dude, you’re a fucking reporter.  You post anonomously negative stuff on EVERY Buddy Roemer article I can find. 

      People, this guy has an agenda, or I should say that he’s probably paid to further someone else’s agenda. 

      Fuck this guy. 

      Buddy Roemer is the ONLY presidential candidate who actually wants to end corruption and the reign of the 1%. 

      Who of us in the 99% can disagree with that?


      • Grapevine

        Your language and argument reflect your immaturity and lack of judgment.  Indeed, you have found your ideal candidate in Buddy Roemer.

        I was not trying to speak to you, because I was basing my comment on facts and reason, supported by objective, reliable, and independent journalists and historians.  You would not appreciate those qualities.  You only appreciate a “kick-ass” big talker, like Buddy.

        You are right about one thing.  I do have an agenda.  I was a strong supporter of Buddy.  I believed and agreed with what he said.  But when I researched about him, I was shocked to find out who he really is.  He would be a disaster as president.  America would be in big trouble if he were to play any role in this election.  If he could fool me, I figure he could certainly fool most people, because I am a critical and careful voter.

        My agenda is to let the public know the truth about Buddy Roemer.  Nothing more.

    • DC

      Thanks for the cut-and-paste again, dupe.  Not sure who is paying you to do this but you’re not that good at it.  

      If anyone doubts me, Google any phrase in it.  

  • Say Amen

    If you would like to learn more about Buddy Roemer, go to this website and read the comments by Buddy’s supporters and a critic. Also examine the web pages they cite, which will provide you with independent analysis.

    • DC

      Same poster as huge copied rant above…  Check his Twitter.

  • Guest

    “Roemer served four terms as a democrat” – “democrat”?

    “Roemer asserted that China’s national currency, the remnibi” – “remnibi”?

    “Roemer initially entered the 2012 election as a republican candidate.” – “republican”?Corrections in order: “Democrat”, “Renminbi” and “Republican”.Did no one proofread this?

    • Guest

      “Roemer asserted that China’s national currency, the renmibi, is kept artificially low in value to increase Chinese exports.” – “renmibi” is still spelled wrong. It should be “remnibi”.

    • Pixilicious

       Roemer started out political life as a Democrat then switched to the Republican party in 1991 so, yes, the article was correct.

      The Renminbi (RMB, sign: ¥; code: CNY; also CN¥, 元 and CN元) is the official currency of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Renminbi is legal tender in mainland China