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Many down the occupy Wall Street that protest as a liberal movement but earlier this week I spoke with former Louisiana governor.
And Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer.
About his visit to the downtown New York City protests.
And He made the case that this movement should be embraced and not ignored by the GOP.
-- Governor welcome -- welcome to New York it's a pleasure.
Thank you what what did you learn what did you feel what did you gather when you walked with those folks that are protesting very loudly.
And somewhat intrusive -- but from their hearts that on Wall Street.
I went with the memories of -- 68 year old man who live to the civil rights movement in Louisiana.
I remember -- young people making a difference in the streets.
I remember being a college students and we did the Vietnam War.
We would test the advantage of age and I went today right to Wall Street to see if it was the same sort of spirit anyone's judge.
Act I don't agree with their personal -- it's.
They look different than our business you -- -- applaud and stood with them.
Home -- spirit of change in America are you are eight former conservative Republican governor.
Of a reliably conservative Republican state yes -- Louisiana yes does aligning herself with these folks downtown in New York who knows how much longer they'll be there right help you in the Republican -- don't know and don't care.
I don't take pac money.
I don't take Wall Street bank money.
I don't take corporate money I'm a hundred dollar limit that's the way have always been no pac money no super pac money I run a different kind of campaign.
I love America.
I think we're in trouble and I think we need to make fundamental changes and the issue on Wall Street is -- issue judge here idiots ahead.
The big voice.
The big companies.
-- big checks to small politicians.
And they own the tax code.
They owned the budget.
They -- jobs overseas.
And nobody says I'll -- that when you make comments like that to Republican primary voters.
They jumped to their feet because that's that's red meat.
To the small government crowd today absolutely.
Alright I'm a small business guy have a bank it's not quite a billion dollars in size it's very profitable no way to do it our way that you -- -- bank.
That's a billion dollars and -- get telling me your small business guy I am taking today.
You don't judge that's not good.
One of the largest bank in our state.
We serve small companies and we have enough money to make them along -- are are you gonna go the distance in your in your fight up against people.
Who raise billions and don't have this 100 dollar.
Per person donor limit that -- imposed -- yourself it's going to be a battle I'm in it for the duration.
I paid all my bills I had money in the bank -- -- mom -- in New Hampshire Mac -- -- and how why can't afford it.
I can be running around the country this New York trip today is a long visit for me I'm -- But here's the issue judge it's the money and politics and Washington is bought and sold look at me.
Thank of one word -- -- -- -- we need to sweet Washington out smooth -- pac money.
No big checks bring plain people back when you -- gave a speech over a Republican.
Theodore Roosevelt you bring a hundred years which will bring the troops home I would.
Which use stop -- bailouts are woods and don't.
Would you stop spending more money than you collect -- revenue -- absolutely governor it's a pleasure I have a five year plan to balance the budget without hurting decent people it can be done.
We're gonna hurt the politician I hope your message gets out there governor Buddy -- of the great state of Louisiana thanks for joining us by the act.
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