BATON ROUGE, La. — Former Louisiana Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer is abandoning his bid to win the Republican presidential nomination and will instead try to run as an independent candidate.
The 68-year-old former congressman who barely registered in polling on the GOP race said he will try to become the nominee of Americans Elect. The nonpartisan group is pushing for a third-party candidate to run against President Barack Obama and the eventual GOP nominee.
Roemer also plans to seek the nomination of the Reform Party.
Roemer served one-term as Louisiana governor from 1988 to 1992. He had built his presidential campaign on lambasting special interests in politics.