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POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 5:58pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 3:40pm

DES MOINES, IA (NBC33) – Fomer Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is considering a run for the White house and is the talk of the town in Des Moines, Iowa. The ONLY Louisiana station at this Iowa "Pre-Caucus" event is NBC33.

NBC 33 news anchor Tammi Arender reports live from Des Moines, Iowa.

Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer will address a crowd in Des Moines Iowa, tonight. It’s his first official speech since declaring he's formed an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States.

Former Governor Roemer will join other republicans-such as former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former CEO of godfather's pizza Herman Cain and late add--former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich. They'll all be giving short speeches and shaking hands in hopes of winning over delegates catapulting them into the thick of a presidential race.

Many political analysts believe Iowa is where most presidential contenders get their traction.

Des Moines is a city just over 200,000 people. It’s the state capitol and known as a business hub for insurance and publishing companies. But every 4 years it becomes a hot spot for politics. Starting with the Iowa Faith and Freedom event and going non stop until the first in the nation caucus in February.

"One of the reasons why we've maintained the ability is because we work closely with New Hampshire and we work hard to be sort of the twin gateposts for the presidential race," Kathie Obradovich, political reporter for the Des Moines Register, explained.

Obradovich has covered politics for 20 years. She blogs about it on a daily basis.

"Here in Iowa, people are really expected to participate directly and they do get an opportunity to be here in Iowa and ask presidential candidates face to face questions and make an assessment based on a handshake not on just what they see on TV."

Roemer knows the importance of Iowa. He saw an unknown like Mike Huckabee win here 4 years ago and become a household name. With its caucus to convention setup, candidates have the opportunity to woo voters one on one.

"There’s a new kid in town and it's me," Roemer said in an interview with NBC33 News.

With hardly any name recognition outside of Louisiana and out of politics for 20 years, Roemer knows he has a big hill to climb. But with his vow to take no contribution over $100 he believes he can hit a homerun in the Hawkeye state.

"I’m going to separate the money and special interest,” Roemer explained. “I want a president free to lead.”

Traditionally Iowa is the first caucus in the election process. Right now it's scheduled for February 6, 2012. But Florida has moved their caucus up to January 31. Iowa’s governor is vowing to move this state's caucus earlier than to keep its 'first in the nation' status.

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Tammi had asked me for comments following the presentation, however we didn't get a chance to connect, so here are some of mine. First thanks for the favorable excellent report and fine cinematography of Des Moines in your earlier report today. Buddy's presentation held very close to the theme of "faith & freedom". He was the most affable, personal, humorous and courageous presenter. His candidacy is needed for the good of all concerned. He was refreshingly energizing. Rev. Claude Jones

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