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By Gordon Forgey

More consequential than 1992


Ross Perot died this week. He was 89.

Perot is best known for his independent run for president in 1992. He garnered 19 percent of the popular vote.

He, it has been claimed, cost incumbent George H.W. Bush his reelection and put Bill Clinton in office.

Perot ran again in 1996 after forming the Reform Party, but his second campaign was not as successful as his first.

Perot, a billionaire, was quirky and sharp-tongued. He railed against the nation’s growing budget deficits and the country’s trade imbalance.

His first run was a phenomenal shift in national politics. He was the most success...

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