With the major presidential candidates jockeying for position headed into the debate-heavy month of September, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer has his eyes on a modest goal.
"My prayer is that I can make a debate, somewhere, somehow," the long-shot presidential candidate said Monday during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington.
"Due to arbitrary rules he has not been invited to participate in the last 3 [debates]," said Roemer campaign director Carlos Sierra. "We are hoping the hosts of the September 7th debate extend an invitation."
Roemer also called on his fellow candidates to pledge not to receive money from political action committees and Wall Street donors, and to stick to individual contributions capped at $2,500. For his own part, Roemer has pledged to receive only $100 donations from individual contributors, and has made that decision the centerpiece of his campaign. The Roemer campaign had just over $19,000 in the bank as of June 30th.
Roemer said he joined the race to bring attention to things that "are not going to be mentioned in any debate" -- the corrupting power of special interest money and trade regulations that he deems "unfair."
"They're not impressed with me; they laugh at me," Roemer said of his fellow GOP candidates. But "I just haven't heard them say a thing about these issues. What are they waiting for?"