You probably know who Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are. But have you heard Buddy Roemer is also a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination? Do you know what state he's from? Or what his major campaign issues are?
Roemer hasn't participated in any of the 23 Republican debates already held because the major media outlets don't think he has enough public support. His name doesn't even appear in a search of the GOP website. If he appears on presidential support polls at all, it's only in the "other/someone else" category, as demonstrated on PollingReport.com. But he is serious about his campaign.
Name: Charles Elson Roemer III
Born: Oct. 4, 1943, in Shreveport, La.
Family: Lives in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife and three children
Education: Earned bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College in 1964. Earned MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967
Previous Positions: Delegate to the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention in 1972. Member of House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988. Governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992.
Current Position: Founder, CEO and president of Business First Bank in Baton Rouge. Serves only business clients.
Fast Facts: Permits only a maximum of $100 donations from individual donors. Doesn't accept corporate or "special interest" funds. Bills himself as "The Only Candidate for Real Reform."
Selected Issues Positions: Supports the Occupy and tea party movements. Opposes special interest and corporate funding of political campaigns. Supports extensive campaign finance reform. Opposes "insider trading" in Congress. Supports health care reform but opposes President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Opposes the SOPA and PIPA Internet piracy bills in Congress. Supports business tax cuts and infrastructure spending to create jobs.