Ross Perot: billionaire who ran for president dies aged 89

Ross Perot self-made billionaire who ran for president dies at 89

Ross Perot self-made billionaire who ran for president dies at 89

Then, again on "Larry King", Perot announced he was going to drop out based on some conspiracy theory that a Bush ally at the Central Intelligence Agency was going to doctor some photos ahead of the wedding of Perot's daughter.

"Ross was the unusual combination of his father, who was a powerful, big, burly cotton trader - a hard-ass, practical, cut-deals person - and a mother who was a little-bitty woman who was sweet, warm, wonderful", Morton H. Meyerson, the former EDS and Perot Systems president and CEO said.

Among Republicans, historians and followers of USA politics the world over, debate will forever rage about whether Perot cost George HW Bush the presidency in 1992, when he took 19% of the vote and Bill Clinton won the White House.

Henry Ross Perot was born on June 27, 1930, in Texarkana, Texas, and raised in the height of the Depression. Perot, while winning no electoral votes, nevertheless attracted significant support from every region of the country.

PEROT: Pay a dollar an hour for your labor.

He championed patriotic causes, and in the late 1970s and 1980s claimed that hundreds of missing U.S. soldiers had been left behind and imprisoned after the Vietnam War. Perot also no doubt drew on the contrast between the "folksiness" of Reagan, whom he tried to occasionally imitate, and the persona of the patrician Bush, with his long Washington résumé. More importantly, however, Ross Perot was a devoted husband, family man, and servant of God. He earned his billions in a more modern way, however-by building Electronic Data Systems Corp., which helped other companies manage their computer networks. The movement of U.S.jobs to Mexico, he said, created a "giant sucking sound".

"That is from Ross Perot", Mr. Sanders said.

Aside from his business and political careers, Perot also received national attention for his efforts during the Vietnam War to create better conditions for USA prisoners of war. Sections of the ruling class backed the Perot candidacy, using it to set the agenda of the campaign, with the emphasis squarely on the need for budget-cutting austerity.

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Perot said he left the race due to threats toward his daughter's reputation and wedding.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Perot Jr. wrote two checks to Trump on March 19.

Perot's second campaign four years later was far less successful. President Clinton was reelected.

A month later, however, Perot stunned the political world by withdrawing from the race.

While Trump found himself in the late summer of 2016 dumping Paul Manafort and installing Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager, Perot fired his ad maker, which led to a major strategist quitting the campaign. In that campaign, Perot's best-selling book "United We Stand: How We Take Back Our Country" was the item supporters waved at rallies.

But Perot did prove that the concept of an outsider candidate had, and still has, mainstream appeal among American voters.

LARRY SABATO: I think the evidence is overwhelming that Clinton would have won even if Perot had not been on the ballot.

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