Washington (CNN) - Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer officially joined the growing pool of potential 2012 GOP contenders on Thursday, announcing that he has formed a presidential exploratory committee.
Speaking from Baton Rouge at the bank he founded after leaving office in 1992, Roemer said he wants to run because Washington is "institutionally corrupt" and he wants to "challenge the current system of money and politics."
"Washington, DC is a boomtown and the rest of America is hurting. Why is that?" Roemer asked a room of supporters and press.
Roemer reiterated a previous pledge not to accept money from political action committees and to cap individual donations at $100 because he believes "the voice of the people are being drowned out by the money" in politics.
The former governor and founder of Business First Bank also said the country needs a president who "will be free" from outside influences to attack the nation's growing debt, balance the budget, honor small businesses and work towards energy independence.
With just one volunteer staff member and $50,000 of his own money to spend so far, Roemer acknowledged that he's starting out as an underdog, but said he believes now is the time for him to run.
Roemer said he has been inundated with emails, voice messages, tweets and twitters in the last 24 hours since reports of his intentions to form an exploratory committee surfaced.
"I came to the age of 67 where I thought I was old enough to know what needs to be done, and young enough to get it done," he said.
Roemer said as he weighs his decision to run, he will test his message – and his southern accent - in key presidential battleground states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. His first stop will be next week at a presidential forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition in Iowa.
Roemer's announcement comes just an hour after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced that he is officially "beginning an exploratory phase" in his decision to run for president.
This guy Roemer, God help me for saying this, looks like a child molesting preacher, just look at his picture, a man that looks like that can not be the President of the US
The only thing he wants to challenge is why the everyone is getting their share of bribe money and he is not. He also said ""Washington, DC is a boomtown and the rest of America is hurting. Why is that?..Well after 8 years of Bush what do you expect? And than he talks about 'energy independence'.. Duh dude, where have you been? Under a rock since president obama came into office...Geez, go back to the retirement home and go play some card games.
I wouldn't even put "former governor of Louisiana" on my resume.
Ahhhh the freaks come out of the woodworks....but then again we all remember Vice President Bidens day of announcing his candidacy when he called Obama "clean", HAHAHAHAHA, he kind of torpedoed his own candidacy there, but did make it to the VP spot,
...so there is always hope for the freaks on the right to be the VP nominee, not that any of these Republicans, baring they dig up Reagan and run his corpse (which would be a better choice given the current Republican field), can beat Obama....
LOL.... just what we need. A Louisiana Republican is going to set our moral path?!?!
I think not.
when you elected Bobby Jindal, we knew...your stuff....idiot.....nasty animal....GOP idiots need to shut up...
Not that it matters, but is anybody really keeping a list of these who are they and who cares? It would be even funnier if these clowns weren't interested in one of the most important jobs in the whole world. That IS scarier than the list.