When Buddy Roemer announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on March 3, the general reaction among political junkies was, "Who the hell is Buddy Roemer?" It is easy to see why. The former governor and congressman from Louisiana quit politics for the private sector back in the early 1990's. Now Buddy's back with a pretty unique campaign message.
It starts with a question - "Do you want a president who is free to lead?" - and ends with a pledge to accept no contribution greater than $100. The result would be a president free from any obligation to special interests. It's a pledge that sets Roemer apart from every other potential candidate for president, Democrat or Republican.
Buddy brought his "Free to lead" message to New Hampshire today, where he posted the following Tweets:
Limited enthusiasm in NH from Party officials for our $100 limit. But every citizen I met today loved it. Go figure. Live free or die.
Jim runs a coffee shop on the "main" street in Concord, NH. He shook my hand as I left his shop this morning saying 'Give em hell Buddy'.
Is it just me, or is this exactly the kind of mavericky straight talk that John McCain used to win Granite Staters' hearts in 2000 and 2008?