BATON ROUGE, La. -- Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer is planning to form an exploratory committee to run for the United States presidency in 2012, according to reports.
WAFB, citing sources, says Roemer is expected to make an announcement Thursday at a news conference.
After mulling his options for months, Roemer plans to be in Iowa next week for an event known to attract Republican contenders.
Roemer served as Louisiana governor from 1988 to 1992 -- he was preceded and followed by Edwin Edwards in the governorship -- and made the jump to the Republican party in 1991.
Roemer helped campaign for Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, and he has made recent appearances at tea party rallies across the metro area.
"I think there's a chance," Roemer told WAFB last month while mulling a candidacy. "Just like I ran for governor of Louisiana, they laughed at me for six months. I had no chance; dead last in the polls. I put a limit on giving. It's now the law in this state and it's turned this state around."