Buddy Roemer is officially giving up his candidacy for the Republican nomination. But he's not giving up his candidacy for the office of the president:
As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect. Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination.
Every election cycle, fanatics for one candidate or another claim that if the media just paid attention to their candidate, that candidate would be at the top of every poll. To those complaints, I say: Take a look at Jon Huntsman. Rarely does a candidate get that kind of fawning attention from the press, and all that attention went absolutely nowhere. Often enough, your candidate is a fringe candidate because s/he only appeals to a small number of voters. The only certainty coming out of this announcement is that Buddy Roemer will be whining about the lack of coverage from here through November. Good to know that the Reform Party is still around, though—I thought Pat Buchanan blew them up back in 2000.