I supported and backed Ross Perot when he ran for the Oval Office back in 1992.
Over 25 years, before Pres. Trump took office promising to get rid of regulations stunting our small business growth and roll back trade deals; billionaire H. Ross Perot told a national audience that the “giant sucking sound” voters heard was American jobs flowing to Mexico. That would be later known as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Perot, 89, died on Tuesday after his battle with leukemia. He was a popular third-party candidate, who just happened to be a billionaire businessman and made informative and necessary statements to the American voters about how he felt this country should be run and fixed. Perot won 19% of the popular vote, which still stands as the best showing for a third-party candidate since 1912.
Ross Perot, the diminutive Texas billionaire whose 1992 independent presidential campaign added the phrase “that giant sucking sound” to the American political vocabulary, died Tuesday, according to a family spokesman. He was 89.
Perot was an unlikely modern political figure, saddled with easily caricatured voice and ears and with no political campaign experience before he launched his-third party bid challenging the incumbency of President George H.W. Bush. Perot received 19% of the popular vote but ultimately had little impact on the electoral-college math of that election, which was won by Democrat Bill Clinton.
Still, Perot’s down-to-earth personality, combined with public perceptions that he was a straight-talking independent, made him a popular figure among those who distrusted political smoothness and disdained the perfectly calibrated quote. He formed the Reform Party in 1995 and mounted another presidential bid in 1996, but that one fell far short of the 1992 effort, effectively ending his run on the national political stage. [Los Angeles Times]
He should’ve been President. I remember as a child watching his videos with my parents. They were staunch Democrats. My dad was moderate, and my mom was conservative. But they both rooted for Mr. Perot. “He’s the only one who gets it.” That’s what my dad said. Rest In Peace, sir.