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He’s not out yet. That would be presidential aspirant Buddy Roemer, who will formally announce he’s weary of the Republican Party on Thursday, and is ready for Part Deux.

“I will formally end my bid for the GOP nomination for President of the United States,” the former Louisiana governor says on his website, explaining that he’ll shift his candidacy to the Reform Party, founded by H. Ross Perot in the 1990s, and to the forward-thinking Americans Elect 2012, a nonpartisan group that organizes online presidential nominations.

Americans Elect’s advisory board includes the likes of former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, former George W. Bush advisor Mark McKinnon, and former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster.

“After many discussions with the Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington,” Mr. Roemer adds.

SPACE MOMENT

In September, researcher/gadfly Stephen Bassett submitted “Disclosure Petition I” to the White House’s online “We the People” project, demanding that the U.S. government “formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race” and if there were any conspiracies afoot to hide evidence from the public. Mr. Bassett’s petition drew enough signatures to warrant a White House response. In short, their answer was “no” to alien life and “no” to conspiracy.

Mr. Bassett plans to try again Thursday when he submits “Disclosure Petition II — The Rockefeller Initiative” challenging the response, with some mysterious political underpinnings.

“Should this petition acquire 25,000 signatures within 30 days, the White House will be forced to defend its position, and very powerful people in the Obama administration and the Democratic Party are going to be extremely uncomfortable,” Mr. Bassett predicts.

See his new demands, and the 66 other entries at the White House public-petition program, on WhiteHouse.gov.

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of Republican voters would vote for Rick Santorum in a Santorum-Mitt Romney matchup in a primary election.

• 57 percent of conservatives, 63 percent of evangelicals and 66 percent of tea partyers agree.

• 37 percent of Republicans overall would vote for Mr. Romney.

• 33 percent of conservatives, 26 percent of evangelicals and 26 percent of tea partyers agree.

• 47 percent of U.S. voters overall say they would vote for President Obama in a presidential election match with Mr. Santorum.

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