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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Former La. Governor Buddy Roemer said there are better solutions to our current financial situation. Roemer visited Lake Charles for an event hosted by "Fusion Five," an organization for young professionals who want to change the social and economic landscape of Southwest Louisiana.

Roemer spoke candidly to the group of Lake Area residents to discuss topics concerning the state and national government.

He believes the Republican party missed its opportunity in this year's presidential election.

"It did it by turning off women in general. It did it by ignoring the youth vote in particular. It did it by dissing Hispanic citizens in particular. And I think the party can have a future only if it grows among the small businesses, among veterans, among women, among those who have family interests and immigrants on a comprehensive policy," Roemer said.

Roemer said the Republican party should work on getting "broader and try to look more like the country."

"If the Republican party would reach out and show people that it cared, then it would gain in strength," he said.

As far as the current state of the union, Roemer said the country has become a country of temporary fixes, and what we need are permanent solutions.

"We need tax reform that lowers the marginal rate. We need to do away with all exemptions and reductions. We need to have the big corporations pay the same as small corporations, they pay much less now. We need fair trade with China. We need small business deregulation so they can grow. We need environmental standards for the big corporations and more freedom for small corporations," Roemer said.

"We need energy independence. We need medical costs to fall not to rise and the only way to do it is to change insurance and pharmaceuticals. And finally, we need a five year budget that will slowly over the next five years, balance the budget without hurting the people," he said.

But in the end, Roemer said it's leadership this country needs. Roemer said in the next presidential election, there could be a very strong Republican force when it comes to potential candidates.

"I think the Republicans have a number of good, credible, would-be presidents," Roemer said. "I think being governor is the one sure thing Ronald Reagan once told me to become president, you need the experience of being governor, but you need more than that."

"You need to care about people," he said. "If Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Jeb Bush of Florida, and Mitch Daniels of Indiana, and Chris Christie of New Jersey, these Republicans, if they show they care and demonstrate executive responsibility as governor or senator, then they can be quite a force four years from now," Roemer said.

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