Bush. Ross Perot (1930-2019) was an American billionaire, business leader, and third-candidate for the U.S. presidency. Ultimately, Ross Perot received 18.9% of the popular vote, making him the most successful third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. Perot believed taxes should be increased on the wealthy, while spending should be cut to help pay off the national debt. Perot was diagnosed in February and  the month after nearly died from a secondary infection. Compared with Thurmond and Wallace, who polled very strongly in a small number of states, Perot's vote was more evenly spread across the country. Many of his supporters felt betrayed, and public opinion polls subsequently showed a largely negative view of Perot that was absent before his decision to end the campaign. [31] In June, Perot led a Gallup poll with 39% of the vote.[32]. But the prediction was wrong. When Steve Jobs left Apple to found NeXT, Ross Perot was one of his top investors, giving over $20 million to the project. He treated opponents with respect. Trade and war were two of Trump’s major heresies when he took on the establishment of Republicans and Democrats. Naval Academy in 1949. [72], Perot died on July 9, 2019, less than two weeks after his 89th birthday in Dallas, Texas, from leukemia. [22], After a visit to Laos in 1969, made at the request of the White House,[13] in which he met with senior North Vietnamese officials, Perot became heavily involved in the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. Carolyn Perot Rathjen joins our Campaign Cabinet meeting @PerotMuseum today! American industrialist Ross Perot in 1996. According to Forbes, Perot was the 167th richest person in the United States as of 2016. But it was a risk I did not have to take and a risk I would not take where my daughter is concerned.” The Bush campaign dismissed the allegations. She is also a Vice President of the Perot Foundation. [16] In 1984, General Motors bought a controlling interest in EDS for $2.4 billion. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Her own dip into politics came about when she served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. Perot took part in the presidential debates, and he notably purchased half-hour blocks of time on prime time network television to explain his positions to the public. In 1992, Perot announced his intention to run for president and advocated a balanced budget, an end to the outsourcing of jobs, and the enactment of electronic direct democracy. But what Perot was saying out loud—that cabals were out to get him—was just an unfiltered version of what many politicians suspect in private but learn with some seasoning to squelch. [69] Additionally, Perot supported a balanced budget amendment, stating, "spending should not exceed revenue for 27 consecutive years." Both campaigns were among the strongest presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate in US history. October 2017. Perot received 8% of the popular vote in 1996, lower than in the 1992 race, but still an unusually successful third-party showing by US standards. During the campaign, he had urged voters to listen for the "giant sucking sound" of American jobs heading south to Mexico should NAFTA be ratified. If it’s easy for the media today to see merits in Perot, especially when he is compared to Donald Trump, that wasn’t the case back in 1992 when he first became a presidential candidate and zoomed to the top of the polls. President George H. W. Bush, left, talks with independent candidate Ross Perot as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second presidential debate in 1992. Nancy Elizabeth Perot is the second child in the family and is now 59 years old. Carolyn Perot Rathjen is now 51. Henry Ross Perot Jr. (born November 7, 1958) is a real estate developer and American businessman who is best known for his development of Alliance, Texas, an inland port near Dallas–Fort Worth, and making the first circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter at the age of 23. Perot had a feud with Republican Senator John McCain. ", Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, National Federation of Independent Business, presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate, 167th-richest person in the United States, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, "Texarkana Independent School District Names H. Ross Perot as 2009 Distinguished Alumni", "Perot as Hometown Hero: Just Don't Get in His Way", "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89", "Ross Perot Gives $1 Million to Texarkana College", "Native Son: TC benefactor Ross Perot reflects on growing up in Texarkana", "Magna Carta Is Going on the Auction Block", "Dell Pays 68% Premium for Perot's Health Technology (Update3)", "Perot and Senators Seem Headed for a Fight on P.O.W.'s-M.I.A. Her bio explains, “Mrs. Perot was late in making formal policy proposals, but most of what he did call for was intended to reduce the deficit, such as a fuel tax increase and cutbacks to Social Security. [9][11] Perot claimed his appointment notice to the academy—sent by telegram—was sent by W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel, Texas's 34th governor and former senator. The death was first reported on July 9, 2019. Perot Jr. became the first person ever to circle the globe in a helicopter. [40] Perot employed the innovative strategy of purchasing half-hour blocks of time on major networks for infomercial-type campaign advertisements; this advertising garnered more viewership than many sitcoms, with one Friday night program in October attracting 10.5 million viewers.[41].

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