Texan billionaire Ross Perot, who took two runs at US presidency, dies at 89

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A month later, however, Perot stunned the political world by withdrawing from the race. He re-entered several weeks later saying he had dropped out because Republican tricksters had been plotting to disrupt his daughter’s wedding.

Perot finished with a respectable 19 percent of the vote in the presidential election, trailing Clinton’s 43 percent and Bush’s 37.5 percent.

Perot stayed active in politics by speaking out against the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it would create a “giant sucking sound” of American jobs going to Mexico.

For his 1996 White House run, Perot started the Reform Party but captured little more than 8 percent of the popular vote, as well as causing a rift in the political movement he founded.

Many voters said they had come to perceive Perot as overbearing, volatile, paranoid and egotistical – even if they had liked his ideas.

By 2000, Perot had mostly faded from the national political radar.

Henry Ross Perot was born on June 27, 1930, in Texarkana, Texas, and raised in the height of the Depression. He graduated in 1953 from the US Naval Academy, where he first learned about computers.



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