“I feel like a guinea pig, but I understand why they did it,” explained the former Louisiana governor. Roemer said he was grateful for the opportunity to seek the organization’s presidential nomination — a prize that originally meant ballot access in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
A candidate needed 10,000 “clicks” of support (with a minimum of at least 1,000 in each of ten states) to qualify for the Americans Elect online nominating process. Some candidates, including former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff, needed five times that number to qualify. Roemer, who has been campaigning for the presidency almost non-stop for seventeen straight months, was the closest to reaching that elusive goal, garnering nearly 6,300 supporters by early Thursday afternoon.
Despite his disappointment at today’s development, Roemer has no immediate plans to end his quest for the presidency.
“We’ll take a couple of days to reassess the campaign,” said Roemer, 68, who has steadfastly maintained that he was “running to win.” The Harvard-educated banker and small businessman said that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of putting together a coalition candidacy that would include the nearly-defunct Reform Party and a number of other ballot-qualified third parties around the country.
The Reform Party, founded in the aftermath of Ross Perot’s 1992 independent bid for the White House, has encouraged Roemer to stay in the hunt.
“It is our hope that, regardless of what happens with Americans Elect, Gov. Roemer will continue to seek the Reform Party’s nomination,” party chairman David Collison told Uncovered Politics last week. “We believe that having more credible choices at our nominating convention, and more choices at the ballot box, are critical steps to change the political direction of our nation toward real reform.”
The Reform Party will hold its national convention in Philadelphia Aug. 10-12.