Imagine if a former Representative and Governor of a Southern state ran for the GOP nomination for President in 2012. You’d think you’d have noticed that, right? If they allowed the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza to take center stage at a GOP debate, you’d think we’d have seen a former Governor.
But we didn’t. According to the GOP debates, a candidate needs at least 2% support in the polls to receive an invite to the debates. The fact that Roemer was not included as an option in most of these polls effectively prevented him from breaking 2%. Whether or not Buddy Roemer would have made a good President, he would have been an essential voice in the GOP debates this cycle because he turned opposition to SuperPACs and big donors the centerpiece of his campaign in a year when billionaires are driving the funding of the entire contest.
Well now, Buddy is dropping his GOP bid. He will continue trying to seek the Reform Party nomination, and engage in the Americans Elect open primary (even though they seem like the sort of shadowy organization Roemer is against).
So farewell Buddy, for now.