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Buddy Roemer on being left off the Fla. primary ballot: 'disheartening,' 'disappointing'



Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer reacts to news that he has been excluded from Florida's presidential primary ballot:

"It is not only disheartening, but it is truly disappointing, that the greatest nation on earth, the model for all democracies abroad, still selects their President through a shady, archaic and behind closed doors system.

The Florida State GOP Chairman has arbitrarily, and single-handily, decided to exclude me from the Florida GOP Presidential Primary ballot. He can list off all the reasons that are convenient for him, but he cannot say my poll numbers in Florida were not good enough.

According to the latest American Research Group poll, I am tied with Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman and ahead of Gary Johnson in Florida. I am also within a few points of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Keep in mind the rest of the field has been in eight or nine debates already.

I still plan on competing in Florida and the rest of the states and territories where I will not appear on the ballot. People are hungry for reform, and I am not going to let one person or two parties get in the peoples' way."

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:57pm]


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