Buddy Roemer III's Political Positions

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Issue Positions

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  • Buddy Roemer. SC GOP Debate - #16. Social Issues - Abortion. 6 March 2011. "I am a pro-life guy. I do believe that the life of the mother must be protected first and foremost. I also believe in exceptions such as rape and incest in order for the sanctity of the family to be protected." (www.youtube.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: The Environment, Abortion, Taxes, Health Care, and Medicare. 4 October 2011. “I'm pro-life and always have been. I am also for protecting the life of the mother.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Conservative Buddy Roemer Is Latest 2012 Candidate to Address Divorce. 8 March 2011. “I'm a pro-life traditional values man." (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate - #20. Abortion, Pro-Life. 6 March 2011. "I have been pro-life all my life, all my service in the Congress. I spoke that way. I voted that way. I ran for Governor that way. While I was Governor there was an anti - abortion bill that didn’t allow any room to protect the life of the mother or in circumstances of rape and incest. Now I had always been pro-life with those exceptions. […] I vetoed the bill twice. Now many pro-life people accuse me of changing my mind but I have always been consistent Pro-life but we should protect the life of the mother in those rare cases where the life of the mother is threatened also rape and incest." (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Conversation With Buddy Roemer: Part 2. 24 June 2011. 2:05-2:32. "I would cut other areas including military bases overseas. We have about 1115. […] I think we can reduce military expenditures fairly about 50-70 billion." (www.wmur.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Military and Education. 8 March 2011. “I have always been a strong supporter of military preparedness and my restructure will reflect that. I will prioritize a well-trained military. I will de-emphasize nation-building on foreign shores (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.). I will continue the war on terrorism, but avoid occupying foreign lands: too expensive, too deadly for US Forces.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Buddy Roemer in Leominster on the Military and the wars. 25 July 2011. “I think our military needs to be treated first class. [...] I don't think we can balance the budget by slashing the military. […] We need to be strong. I might get $40 or $50 billion from them. […] But I'll keep them strong, I'll keep them free, I'll keep them with the most modern technology.” (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Reforming Taxes. 26 August 2011. “We need a tax structure that is simpler, fairer, flatter and more broad-based. I support the elimination of special interest tax loopholes combined with a significant lowering of the marginal rate for both individuals and corporations. By reforming our tax code, we can empower small businesses, spur economic growth, create new jobs and become more competitive globally.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Tax Reform. 11 April 2011. “My goals are almost exactly the same as the Fair Tax and my simplicity could also reduce the IRS dramatically. I will push several of these concepts and then lead the Congress to get this right for GROWTH. It might be a combination of clean, low marginal rate systems, but in all cases we will get simple with loopholes slammed shut, and working people and small business people enjoying the low marginal rates.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: The Environment, Abortion, Taxes, Health Care, and Medicare. 4 October 2011. “Taxing the wealthy? They should be taxed. Actually they pay a disproportionate share in income taxes now. In my world, rates should be simple and fair and as low as possible. We should do away with most of the deductions and exemptions which all, including the wealthy, take advantage of, and get the marginal rates as low as possible. Corporations and the wealthy should not be allowed to park their money off shore and avoid their fair share. I see a complete re-write: simple, fair, everyone benefits from minimum deductions.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. SLC Speech: "Reaching for Greatness Again". 18 June 2011. “We must reduce federal spending to 18.5% in order to afford government and grow jobs. We can achieve this figure in 5-years by reducing spending by 1% of GDP a year or $140 billion a year. For a quick look, I have identified 6-broad areas of reduction candidates ranging from $50 billion to $150 billion in each area. Everything is on the table, including entitlements. Entitlements are a necessary area of concern because of their tremendous growth rate over the past 20-years and the fact that they comprise such a big share of the federal budget with medicare alone growing from 2.6% of the budget in 1966 to more than 26% today. Programs such as social security, medicare, and medicaid have become vital safety nets for those who worked and built this country and therefore will not be destroyed or eliminated, but certain actions are required to preserve their financial integrity.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: The Environment, Abortion, Taxes, Health Care, and Medicare. 19 December 2011. “Healthcare quality is the best on earth, but costs are too high. We need to reduce annual cost increases from its current 3.6 percent increase per year to an affordable 2.1 percent annual increase.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Talk to Buddy: Health Care. 19 December 2011. “The problem with healthcare is COST not QUALITY. The system costs are rising 3.6 percent a year and they must be lowered to a 2.1 percent increase annually for Medicare to survive.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. SLC Speech: 'Reaching for Greatness Again.' 18 June 2011. "On Medicare, we need to lower the growth rate by about 1.5% a year to maintain solvency. It would still grow and protect seniors but the rate of growth would reduce over time to about 2.1% a year. It would begin with a systemic reform of insurance, pharmaceuticals, and tort interface with Medicare. Competition, caps, and discounts will highlight the reform. Although I agree making Medicare changes prospective, leaving current and near-tearm recipients untouched." (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Twitter: buddyroemer. 12 July 2011. "to idiots in congress and WH: must cut spending by 1% a year for 5-years. that's $140 billion 1st yr.,1% of GDP. not complicated. Do it!" (twitter.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Reforming Taxes. 26 August 2011. “We need a tax structure that is simpler, fairer, flatter and more broad-based. I support the elimination of special interest tax loopholes combined with a significant lowering of the marginal rate for both individuals and corporations. By reforming our tax code, we can empower small businesses, spur economic growth, create new jobs and become more competitive globally.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. SLC Speech: 'Reaching for Greatness Again.' 18 June 2011. "To hit the sweet spot for growth and to beign to get the debt under control we must grow economically 4%+ year in, year out, with some 6% and 7% years thrown in. We begin by disciplining spending and reforming the tax code. We currently spend at $300 billion a month, borrow $120 billion of that, and borrow it from competition and non-friends (China, Japan, OPEC) This is unstable. This is dangerous. We must reduce federal spending to 18.5% of GDP in order to afford governMent and grow jobs. We can achieve this figure in 5 yeras by reducing spending 1% of GDP a year or $120 billion a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Conversation With Buddy Roemer: Part 2. 24 June 2011. 0:45- 1:29. "We are about a trillion 650 million in deficit this year. We owe 14.3 trillion as a nation. No nation has ever owed that much before. I will reduce it by 1% of the GDP, that’s the Gross Domestic Product, a year for a 5 year plan. It won't happen over night. I don't think the nation can stand to cut a trillion dollars out of the budget in a single year." (www.wmur.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Balancing the Budget. 26 August 2011. “Excessive debt kills jobs, crushes confidence, steals from our children and shrinks a nation. We owe more today than any nation on earth has ever owed. Our government simply spends too much of your hard-earned money. Our national debt is not just a fiscal problem, but a moral problem as well. It is unacceptable to leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is weaker, less prosperous and more indebted than the one we inherited. We need a President who will lead the fight to balance the budget and finally tackle our national debt.”

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  • Buddy Roemer. Roemer Interview 'DriveBy Politics' Show. 16 February 2009. "Well what little I know about it, I am afraid of it. […] You have a bill that is spending about a billion dollars a page that no one has read. […] A stimulation in time of recession makes sense as long as the money is spent wisely during the recession. The bulk of this money is not spent for another two years, three years, in some cases five, six, seven, eight, and nine years. So this is a spending bill, not a stimulus bill." (youtu.be)
  • Buddy Roemer. Still Calling for Big Government. 29 November 2011. “It has been a constant struggle over the course of our nation's history to achieve the proper, healthy balance between individual liberty and national purpose. There is no such struggle found in Mr. McGovern's view of a Democrat. With a federal government already spending 25.2 percent of our gross domestic product, funding seems to be no problem in purposing centralized solutions for immigration (Mr. McGovern's best chapter in my opinion), food and hunger, education, jobs, energy, the environment, foreign policy, universal health care, and alcohol and drug addiction. As a Methodist boy myself, I appreciate Mr. McGovern's views on the number of challenges facing America and the world at large and on our need to address them, but having the central government as the best (and only) source of correction and solution seems last century to me.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Roemer Supports "Stock Act" to End Insider Trading In Congress. "Congress seems to be unable to bring spending under control. This Super Committee looks like just another excuse to avoid dealing with our country's problems and kick the can down the road. Our government is addicted to spending and if we don't make changes now, our very future as a prosperous nation is in doubt." (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Letter to Members of the House of Representatives. 23 November 2011. “Is this really the best we can do? Our economy is in real trouble; fourteen million Americans are unemployed and ready to work, wondering why their president and congressional leaders on both sides can't stop bickering and keep their hands out of the special interest cookie jar to focus on what matters -- controlling federal spending, fueling economic growth and creating jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Roemer calls stimulus plan a disgrace. 11 March 2009. “We're going to financial hell in a hand basket. But [Obama]'s making a mistake. This bill [the stimulus] is way too big. It's way too unfocused, it takes far too long for it to happen. It's long term hurt for America. We will have to undo everything the president is about to do.” (www.kplctv.com)

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  • Buddy Roemer. The Boston Review: Leadership, Free to Lead. 21 July 2011. "The tax code ought to be clear and simple and progressive and fair. It ought to reward job formation. It ought to reward small businesses, which create two out of every three new jobs. It ought to make America a tax haven to get capital from all over the world invested in our nation." (www.bostonreview.net)
  • Buddy Roemer. The Sunshine State News: Buddy Roemer Advises Obama, 'Read the Ronald Reagan Playbook'. 1 July 2011. "I recognize that I've been out of the governor's office awhile, but in that time I've been creating jobs. So here's some advice -- free of charge -- for the president. Jobs growth doesn’t come from the government, so government can’t overtly fix it. The government can, however, create an atmosphere of growth by deregulation and permanent tax cuts. Read the Ronald Reagan playbook." (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Creating Jobs. 26 August 2011. “As a small business owner, I know firsthand that small businesses are the key to unleashing the engines of job growth. Small businesses across our county account for 2 out of every 3 new jobs created in America. Let's free them from burdensome and unnecessary regulations that serve only to stifle entrepreneurship, job creation and economic growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. SC GOP Debate - #05. Big Business. 6 March 2011. "To grow jobs we need to target small businesses for tax relief and most of all regulatory relief. Let's get the government off of the backs of small business and watch jobs grow." (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Tap Dancing Around the Energy Issue. 20 January 2012. “Yesterday's announcement that President Obama is formally rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline amounts to nothing more than a ridiculous political decision that amounts to the virtual loss of thousands of American jobs that could have been created through pipeline construction -- the safest method of transporting oil -- and through oil refining.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. KPLCtv.com - Roemer calls stimulus plan a disgrace. 13 February 2009. “Infrastructure expenditure, focused and targeted on real projects that can have work begun on within six months is where we ought to emphasize our money. Here's what you get from those. You get short term jobs and long term benefits. Wow, how about that for an idea.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Education Reform. 19 December 2011. “We must do better in educating our young people. Ignorance is a powerful enemy of a free society. First, we must focus OUTSIDE of Washington, D.C., just the opposite of what we are now doing. Best practices in education are to conduct schools where parents and grandparents can visit the classroom. This means LOCALLY - run school, not Washington, D.C. run schools! […] I will change the Federal Department of Education to a data collector of what works: why and where. The schools will be run locally (best practices) with a steady, accurate flow of accurate information on SUCCESS.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Education. 19 December 2011. “In order to remain competitive and viable, America needs to focus on providing its youth with world-class education. School choice is central to ensuring the continuous improvement of educational institutions around the country. The role of the Department of Education should not be a political organization; rather it should be a small and professional body that focuses on data collection and acquiring best practices that show how schools around the country and the world have improved education. In the Roemer administration, the DoE would then provide this information to schools in the form of options, not requirements, to improve education in the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Still Calling for Big Government. 29 November 2011. “Mr. McGovern's view of the Democratic Party is not how it is different, but rather that it promises to do more of the same: centralize and dictate. It is why I chose to leave the Democratic Party 20 years ago. Its answers looked backward rather than forward. On education, its solution to a failing public school system was more centralization in Washington and more funding without accountability. How has that worked out?” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Harvard Political Review - A Conversation with Buddy Roemer. 10 December 2011. “HPR: 'Looking at a specific aspect of your platform, you've taken a strong environmentalist stance in an age where many feel that working on the environment will hurt economic revival. How do you plan on balancing environmentalism and making it economical?' BR: 'There's the word: Balance. There is no balance now. […] Some conservatives say, 'Do away with the EPA'. I don't. Some liberals say, 'Well, EPA needs to be stronger and we need to rely on green fuel' I don't. We can't do that for the next 20 years. It's not practical. What I want are incremental improvements. Let's go from oil to natural gas. Natural gas has 20% of the carbon footprint of oil. We would've improved our environmental emission of carbon by 400%. Build from the center. That's how you build a nation, from the center. It can't be exclusive to either Republicans or Democrats. That is the way the Presidents try to do it, and it is wrong. It needs to be America.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Securing Energy Independence. 19 December 2011. “Buddy Roemer's fair trade adjustment plan includes energy regulations in its calculations, providing an incentive for producers like China to reduce energy emissions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Presidential candidate Gov. Buddy Roemer Interview on Hot Science issues. 30 May 2011. “Interviewer: That leads me to my next question, which is really about a lot of the science denial that we’ve been having and I’m curious about some of your opinions on some of those aspects such as global warming and then the sub-question is it anthropogenic? Roemer: I don’t know what anthropogenic means by the way. Interviewer: Okay… human created, man created… Roemer: Okay… Well, I don’t think we can answer that. I think the globe is warming - beyond scientific curiosity now it’s a scientific fact. The cause of it probably more than one thing. There cycles in the Earth’s history where temperature rises and falls. We might be on one of those cycles. But I don’t think there is any question that man’s effect on his environment is also a factor. So we need to be commonsensical. We need to plan out how to ameliorate, how to diffuse man’s effect. Maybe man has nothing to do with it. How can we take the risk?” (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. The Sunshine State News: Buddy Roemer Advises Obama, 'Read the Ronald Reagan Playbook.' 1 July 2011. “Drill for oil in America where we know it exists -- both on and off shore. Declare that we will be energy-independent as a nation by the end of this decade. Announce that we will tariff foreign oil, except Canada and Mexico, and raise the tariff as the end of decade approaches. The proceeds will pay down the national debt, not interest.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. SLC Speech: 'Reaching for Greatness Again'. 18 June 2011. "To facilitate this commitment, the federal government will open all of its land, onshore and off, to drilling in a safe and technologically advanced manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate #05 Returning Manufacturing Jobs. 6 March 2011. "We will drill again. We will drill safely. We will drill with environmental high standards. But on all federal properties, on shore, offshore we will drill." (youtu.be)
  • Buddy Roemer. Twitter: buddyroemer. 3 June 2011. "Offshore production, free of regulation,wages,taxes, GE made $14.2 billion, paid zero taxes,contributed $4.3 million campaign $. Robbery!" (twitter.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Spending Cuts. 4 October 2011. “We need to be Energy Independent and stop sending $750 billion a year for foreign oil. I'd rather spend that money here and drill for oil and gas safely in America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Securing Energy Independence. “The federal government today actively discourages our energy independence by limiting when and where we can secure domestic sources of energy. That is why I have called for the elimination of the Department of Energy and an acceleration in the approval process of pending permits. We can become energy independent, reduce government spending and create jobs here at home.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Military and Education. 8 March 2011. “I have always been a strong supporter of military preparedness and my restructure will reflect that. I will prioritize a well-trained military. I will de-emphasize nation-building on foreign shores (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.). I will continue the war on terrorism, but avoid occupying foreign lands: too expensive, too deadly for US Forces.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Strong National Defense. 19 December 2011. “America has always led in expanding freedom and democracy across the world. I believe that we need a foreign policy that is firmly rooted in this proud tradition and ready to confront the new challenges of the 21st century. We need a President who is free to lead our friends and allies with clear conviction and unparalleled strength. […] Our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan must be concluded responsibly, but I oppose telegraphing to the enemy the time and place when we will leave the battlefield. The threats to our national interests are many. I support a smart, robust military stance that sets clear, achievable objectives and provides the very best resources to those who put themselves in harm's way in our defense.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Washington Post: Buddy Roemer among those struggling for a slot in GOP presidential race. 8 December 2011. “Get out of Afghanistan. It’s a corrupt country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate - #24. Bringing Troops Home from Afghanistan. 11 August 2011. "I want to finish the war on Terror. But I am very skeptical of a war in its 8th year in a corrupt state like Afghanistan. I'll listen to the information. I will learn quickly, but I am very skeptical. Things must change for the better." (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Washington Post: Buddy Roemer among those struggling for a slot in GOP presidential race. 8 December 2011. “Expand the drones!” (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Buddy Roemer. The New York Times - Roemer to Run as Irritant to Republicans in 2012. 17 March 2011. “I am so distraught about our foreign policy. It is flat-footed. It is late. [Obama] has dithered over this no-fly zone for two weeks. It’s too late. If you can move quickly to defeat one of the world’s known terrorists, wouldn’t you do it, without a troop on the ground? He dithered. Inexcusable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate - #25. Yemen - Should We Target Al Qaeda Leaders There.MP4. 6 March 2011. "We should target al Qaeda leaders where ever they are on Earth. It is an organization that has one purpose, to hurt Americans." (youtu.be)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate - #24. Bringing Troops Home from Afghanistan.MP4. 6 March 2011. "I support the war on terror. I think that an offense was the correct strategy by President Bush. Go after them. Catch them in their homeland. […] I want to finish the war on terror. It is more than bin Laden." (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. New York Times: Roemer to Run as Irritant to Republicans in 2012. 17 March 2011. “Would I take away from that farmer in West Texas his right to have a shotgun? Of course not. Would defend it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Buddy Roemer in Leominster: On Gun Control. 25 July 2011. “Well guns are a dangerous thing, but they're protected under our Constitution. If gun owner knows what she or he is doing, they could be a very critical weapon.” (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Repealing Obamacare. 26 August 2011. “We face a crisis in our nation's healthcare system. Unfortunately President Obama and the liberal Democrats' healthcare legislation made things worse, not better. I believe that the law is unconstitutional and will work to repeal and replace it with a better plan that decreases costs and expands access to the best healthcare system in the world. Real healthcare reform needs to directly confront the real factors that are driving costs up for both patients and providers. I support giving consumers the choice to purchase healthcare insurance across state lines as well as meaningful tort reform that will discourage frivolous lawsuits. A government takeover of healthcare is not the solution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Health Insurance. 4 October 2011. “Q: Why do you want to repeal the healthcare program and help out insurance companies? A: Obama is in bed with the insurance companies and protects them in his healthcare bill by allowing them to avoid competition. You can NOT buy a medical insurance policy across the state line. Obama gave them a monopoly, driving health costs higher and higher.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate #04 3 Steps to Defund & Repeal Obama Care. 13 June 2011. "The question is about Obamacare. [...] I would do both of those things, defund and repeal. It wouldn't be in my budget. I would ask Congress to rescind it. I would give states the right to waive out of it. We will kill it." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Still Calling for Big Government. 29 November 2011. “It has been a constant struggle over the course of our nation's history to achieve the proper, healthy balance between individual liberty and national purpose. There is no such struggle found in Mr. McGovern's view of a Democrat. With a federal government already spending 25.2 percent of our gross domestic product, funding seems to be no problem in purposing centralized solutions for immigration (Mr. McGovern's best chapter in my opinion), food and hunger, education, jobs, energy, the environment, foreign policy, universal health care, and alcohol and drug addiction. As a Methodist boy myself, I appreciate Mr. McGovern's views on the number of challenges facing America and the world at large and on our need to address them, but having the central government as the best (and only) source of correction and solution seems last century to me.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Repealing Obamacare. 26 August 2011. “We face a crisis in our nation's healthcare system. Unfortunately President Obama and the liberal Democrats' healthcare legislation made things worse, not better. I believe that the law is unconstitutional and will work to repeal and replace it with a better plan that decreases costs and expands access to the best healthcare system in the world. Real healthcare reform needs to directly confront the real factors that are driving costs up for both patients and providers. I support giving consumers the choice to purchase healthcare insurance across state lines as well as meaningful tort reform that will discourage frivolous lawsuits. A government takeover of healthcare is not the solution.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. Issue Position: Fixing Immigration. 26 August 2011. “We are a nation of laws. The border must be secured first and businesses that break our immigration laws should be held accountable. Immigrants who commit felonies here should not be afforded the privilege of citizenship. We are also a nation of immigrants. Generations have legally come to America to provide a better life for themselves and their families. Our nation must have an immigration system that reflects our respect for the rule of law and honors the values upon which America was first founded.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. Talk To Buddy: Immigration. 4 October 2011. “There will be fines for discovery of illegals working at a US company. No amnesty, but I would allow a parole-citizen committee from the region to interview any illegal that authorities think might have a case for not being shipped back to the mother-country, i.e., military service, special jobs skills, etc.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. SC GOP Debate - #11. Immigration. 6 March 2011. "Then we will turn to the 12 million or so who are here illegally and decide how to best get them back to their native land." (youtu.be)

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  • Buddy Roemer. SC GOP Debate - #15. Defense of Marriage Act. 6 March 2011. "Our values tend to be traditional, that marriage is between a man and a women. Other people have a right to their relationships but in the state of Lousiana it is not called marriage." (youtu.be)
  • Buddy Roemer. NH GOP Debate - #18. Overturn Same Sex marriage - Should Federal Govt. Overturn State Law. 6 March 2011. "I am a traditionalist. Everybody knows that. A marriage between a man and a woman. But if this issue is debated at the state level and decided, then that is the law in the state." (youtu.be)
  • Buddy Roemer. Huffington Post: Buddy Roemer Clarifies Position On Gay Marriage, Reaffirms Support For DOMA. 14 March 2011. “The issue of gay marriage is one on which I am clear, as I said in the interview, I am a traditionalist on this issue as is my Methodist Church. A marriage is between a man and a woman. Gays will not be slandered by me or my church, but gay marriage is not an option. The Defense of Marriage Act, with which I agree, prohibits the Federal Government from recognizing any marriage not between a man and a woman. Each state has the right to set these boundaries within its state, and I would stand with the traditionalists in my state and prohibit gay marriage.” (votesmart.org)
  • Buddy Roemer. ABC News - Buddy Roemer: 'Each State Has A Right to Determine' Whether to Allow Gay Marriage. 9 March 2011. “I'm a traditionalist. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don't think it's the right thing to do. But there's an even bigger issue guys -- it's how is the debate conducted: state by state. Each state has a right to determine how it defines a marriage. I'm a Methodist boy. Our church believes that a marriage is between a man and a woman. And I'm not trying to put anybody down. That's what I believe with my heart and soul. Nothing has changed on that.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Buddy Roemer. SLC Speech: "Reaching for Greatness Again". 18 June 2011. “Programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have become vital safety nets for those who worked and built this country and therefore will not be destroyed or eliminated, but certain actions are required to preserve their financial integrity. On Social Security, I would change the retirement age gradually over time (one month a year for 24 years) to bring the new retirement in line with changes in life expectancy and work value over the past 50 years without losing any benefits or raising any taxes.” (votesmart.org)

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