Buddy Roemer

  • Aired:  09/06/11
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Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer discusses institutional corruption in politics and explains why he cannot attend the Republican debate in California. (6:30)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: OH, WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, HE IS A FORMER

GOVERNOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF

LOUISIANA, HE IS NOW A

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR THE

PRESIDENCY, PLEASE WELCOME TO

THE PROGRAM BUDDY ROEMER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SIR, NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING.

>> WHERE IS NO, THANK YOU.

(APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU SNOWED.

>> I'M DOING WELL, JON.

A LITTLE WET BUT I'M WELL.

>> Jon: TERRIBLE WEATHER THESE

DAYS.

TERRIBLE WEATHER.

BUDDY ROEMER, TELL ME, YOU ARE

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT FOR THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

THERE IS A DEBATE THAT IS

APPENING OF REPUBLICANH

CANDIDATES AT THE REAGAN MUSEUM

AND LIBRARY...

>> SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

>> Jon: FAMILY RESORT.

(LAUGHTER)

AND YOU HAVE NOT BEEN INVITED.

>> YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE

SERIOUS ABOUT THIS QUESTION.

>> Jon: I WILL ABSOLUTELY BE

SERIOUS.

SIR, WHY WILL THEY NOT INVITE

YOU TO THIS DEBATE?

>> THEY HAVE SOME RULES OF

ENGAGEMENT THAT INCLUDE A

NATIONAL POLL THAT HAS YOU AT 4%

OR HIGHER.

I'VE BEEN OUT OF POLITICS FOR 16

YEARS, I STARTED RUNNING FOUR

WEEKS AGO, I'M NOT A BIG-FUNDED

BIG-CHECK CANDIDATE, I HAVE A

DIFFERENT STYLE ABOUT ME.

I'M JUST NOW APPEARING IN THE

POLLS.

I WAS AT A SMOOTH 1% LAST WEEK.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE ALREADY

BEATING RICK SANTORUM.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

WHAT... THE PERCENTAGE THAT YOU

HAVE TO BE AT TO BE IN THE... TO

QUALIFY FOR THE DEBATE IS WHAT?

>> IN THIS POLL IT'S 4%... IN

THIS DEBATE IT'S 4%.

>> Jon: WHO SETS THE

PERCENTAGE?

>> I'M NOT SURE.

IT'S DELIBERATELY VAGUE, YOU

KNOW?

WE'VE TRIED TO GET IN EVERY

DEBATE.

I'D LOVE A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT

JOBS OR MONEY IN POLITICS, MY

ISSUES.

AND YET WE TALK TO THE SPONSOR

AND THEY SAY "IT'S NOT ME.

IT'S CNN.

IT'S COMEDY CENTRAL.

IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE."

(LAUGHTER)

WHOEVER'S HOLDING THESE DEBATES.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: I HAD NO IDEA WE HAD

THAT MUCH SWAY.

>> WHERE IS I MADE THAT UP.

>> Jon: IF IT WERE COMEDY

CENTRAL IN CHARGE IT WOULD JUST

BE DONALD TRUMP ALONE FOR LIKE

AN HOUR AND A HALF.

(LAUGHTER)

THERE MUST BE... I MEAN HUNTSMAN

AND SANTORUM, I CAN'T IMAGINE

THEY'RE AT 4% NATIONALLY.

>> THEY WERE ONE POLL AT ONE

TIME.

(LAUGHTER)

I THINK THEY HAVE DIMINISHD FROM

THERE.

>> Jon: NOW I UNDERSTAND,

LOOK, THEY HAVE TO SET SOME

PARAMETERS, THEY CAN'T JUST LET

ANYBODY... BUT YOU ARE NOT A

FRINGE LUNATIC.

YOU ARE... YOU ARE THE GOVERNOR

OF LOUISIANA, YOU WERE A

CONGRESSMAN, YOU'RE... CLEARLY

CAN DRESS YOURSELF.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY HAVE

DECIDED TO MAKE YOU...

>> WELL, LET'S KEEP THE RECORD

STRAIGHT, JON.

IT'S MY WIFE WHO DRESSES ME.

I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: IS IT A SENSE--

ESPECIALLY EARLY ON, WE'RE A

YEAR AND THREE MONTHS AWAY FROM

THE PROCESS.

>> WHERE IS YES.

>> Jon: WHO DECIDES... THEY'VE

DONE THE SAME THING WITH

CONGRESSMAN PAUL.

THEY'VE DECIDED HE'S NOT VIABLE

SO THEY DIMINISH HIM.

SOUNDS LIKE THEY DO THE SAME

THING TO YOU AS WELL.

>> IT'S A PROCESS THAT MAKES NO

SENSE.

EARLY IN THE PROCESS-- WHERE WE

ARE NOW-- NO STATE HAS HAD EVEN

A PRIMARY.

THE FIRST ONES WILL BE EARLY

NEXT YEAR.

THE GENERAL ELECTION IS 15

MONTHS AWAY.

I THINK YOU WOULD WANT EVERYBODY

WITH SOME EXPERIENCE-- GOVERNOR,

CONGRESSMAN-- I'M THE ONLY GUY

RUNNING WHO'S BEEN BOTH, A GUY

WITH A PLAN TO GROW JOBS IN

AMERICA, I THINK WE CAN HAVE A

BOOM IN THIS COUNTRY.

>> Jon: WAIT A MINUTE!

YOU HAVE A PLAN TO GROW JOBS IN

AMERICA?

>> I DO.

I DO.

I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED.

>> Jon: WELL FOR GOD'S SAKE,

MAN!

PUT IT OUT THERE!

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED BUT

WE'RE HURTING!

(APPLAUSE)

THIS GETS TO THE LARGER POINT

WHICH IS I THINK IN SOME WAYS

YOUR CANDIDACY SEEMS FOUNDED ON

THE BASIS THAT WE HAVE AN

ELECTORAL SICKNESS.

ALL THESE OTHER THINGS ARE

SYMPTOMS TO SOMETHING THAT IS

SICK IN OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THAT?

>> YOU CAN'T TACKLE THE JOBS

PROBLEM, THE BUDGET PROBLEM, THE

TAX PROBLEM OR AMERICA RISING

WITHOUT TACKLING THE FIRST

PROBLEM: MONEY IN POLITICS.

IT IS CORRUPT.

IT IS INSTITUTIONALLY CORRUPT.

THEY SPEND THEIR TIME GETTING

BIG CHECKS FROM BIG SPECIAL

INTERESTS.

IT'S THE SPECIAL INTERESTS, JON,

WHO WRITE THE TAX CODE.

YOU CAN'T READ IT, IT DOESN'T

WORK FOR AMERICA, IT HURTS JOBS,

WE GIVE THEM AWAY, THEY'RE BEING

STOLEN BY UNFAIR TRADE AND

NOBODY DOES ANYTHING.

YOU KNOW WHY?

CORPORATIONS HAVE NEVER MADE

MORE MONEY THAN THEY ARE RIGHT

NOW.

THEY WROTE THE TAX CODE AND THEY

REALLY DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT

THE REST OF AMERICA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: SIR, I'M GOING TO SAY

THIS RIGHT NOW.

I'M GOING SAY THIS RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S A MESSAGE

THAT WILL RESONATE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, HERE'S WHAT I'VE DONE,

JON.

I KNOW... I KNOW YOU WANT TO

MAKE FUN OF ME.

>> Jon: NO, I DON'T!

HERE'S WHAT IS UPSETTING TO ME.

EVERYONE SEEMS TO AGREE THAT WE

HAVE FAILED THE COUNTRY PROCESS

WISE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: THAT CORRUPTION HAS

FOUND ITS WAY SYSTEMATICALLY

INTO THE POLITICAL PROCESS.

THERE'S NOT A GUY UP ON THAT

STAGE THAT PROBABLY WOULDN'T SAY

"OH, YEAH, THERE'S TOO MUCH

MONEY IN THIS."

BUT WHAT IS IT THAT HAS

CALCIFIED IT IN THIS SYSTEM?

>> THEY HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT A

WAY TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY.

IN THE 21st CENTURY, I THINK

YOU CAN APPEAL TO SMALL BUSINESS

PEOPLE, THE COMMON MAN AND

WOMAN, THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY

LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND WANT IT TO

DO BETTER.

PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HAVE A

FUTURE AND SAY $100, $50, $10.

IF I COULD GET $10 FROM A

MILLION PEOPLE, I'D SPEND IN THE

NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WE WOULD

REVOLUTIONIZE POLITICS IN

AMERICA, JON!

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU WHERE I

WOULD SPEND IT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I'M WITH YOU, MAN.

>> Jon: I WOULD GO TO A COSTA

RICA DRINK STAND AND BLOW THEIR

MINDS.

(LAUGHTER)

NO, BUT I... IT'S A VALID POINT.

I WISH YOU ALL THE... I WANT YOU

TO COME BACK AND KEEP... BECAUSE

IT IS... THAT SEEMS TO ME TO BE

THE CRUCIAL FIGHT THAT IS AT THE

BASE OF ALL THIS THAT EVERYONE

SEEMS TO BE IGNORING AND I WOULD

LIKE TO FOLLOW YOU AND SEE HOW

IT HOLDS UP AND IF THEY BEGIN TO

LET YOU IN OR JUST YOU'RE TOO

MUCH OF AN OUTSIDER.

>> WHERE IS I'LL COME BACK.

SCREAM LATE AT NIGHT, I'LL BE

HERE THE NEXT DAY.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> YES.

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