By way of reforming the system, Roemer’s campaign will not accept donations of more than $100 per person, an amount he feels most individuals would have the ability to give. He will not accept special interest money or PAC money. He said he believes this is “the right way.”
“I’ve always thought about doing it this way,” he said, “and it was never possible. You know I would occasionally bring this up to John McCain when I was helping him in his campaign last time. And John says ‘it can’t be done, Buddy.’ And then he was right. Even as recently as three years ago. But I’m telling you, the world’s gotten faster and I like it,” he said almost salaciously. “I’ve always been kind of a warp speed guy myself.”
Roemer is confident he can raise enough money this way to fund a campaign. The donations had already started rolling on Friday, the day after he launched his PAC, and so far, he said, things were going quite well.
“I don’t know the extent of it,” he said. “But my guys are just smiling. They say ‘man, have you started a firestorm, Buddy.’ It’s awesome.”
He has certainly garnered a substantial amount of attention. “I have a schedule of meetings you wouldn’t believe,” he said. “People’ve called me, I haven’t called a soul.” On Monday he headed to Iowa, where he joined other presidential hopefuls Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain at a forum hosted by the socially conservative Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
While other candidates have been actively courting this demographic of the state with the first primary election contest, Roemer’s attendance was more serendipitous.
“I don’t know the event but it came up in a request for us, and we liked it,” he explained. “We like the timing of it, and they said there were other candidates gonna be there — I like that. You know, I want to see what they’re saying. How are they approaching this? Cause I’ve heard, I’ve heard nothing — in the months I’ve been reading about people talking about running for president — I’ve never heard anybody mention money except they wish they had more of it.”
On Friday, he said he wasn’t quite ready to answer questions about his stances on social issues.
“Well you know it’s a big question, it depends on what issue. I’m not really prepared to get there yet, you know, ’cause I concentrated on the money issue,” he explained. “That’s where it starts with me.”
“I think I would be described as traditionalist and conservative,” he continued. “But I frankly am not big on the government dictating how we live or where we live or certainly not what religion we belong to if any. I’m libertarian in that sense.”