Posted: Feb 23, 2012 11:51 AM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE- Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says he's running for president as an independent because the Republican Party didn't give him a chance to be a viable candidate.
Roemer says he shouldn't have been shut out of the TV debates, and he says both the GOP and the Democratic Party are beholden to special interests.
The former governor and former congressman said in an Internet speech Thursday he is dropping out of the Republican Party.
He will try to become the nominee of Americans Elect, a nonpartisan group pushing for a third-party candidate to run against President Barack Obama and the eventual GOP nominee. Also, Roemer says he'll seek the nomination of the Reform Party.
Roemer said, "We are prepared to challenge both parties who are joined at the billfold."