92: Ross Perot Re-entered Race

January 22, 2012 by staff 

92: Ross Perot Re-entered Race, Ross Perot jumped back into the race for the Presidency today, instantly creating new risks, opportunities and uncertainties for Gov. Bill Clinton and President Bush in the final 33 days before Election Day.

Mr. Perot, who bolted from the race in July, asserted he was reactivating his independent campaign at the plea of his supporters. “I thought that both political parties would address the problems that face the nation,” he said. “We gave them a chance. They didn’t do it.”

Despite new polls showing his support vastly diminished, Mr. Perot dismissed the notion that he could function only as a spoiler or that he was motivated by animosity toward Mr. Bush. Playing FamiliarThemes

He presented his candidacy as a de facto nomination from the grass roots, declaring: “I would like to thank the American people. By choosing me as your candidate, you have given me the highest honor I could ever receive.”

With his running mate, retired Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, at his side, Mr. Perot struck many of the same themes that he rode to sudden political prominence last spring, assailing a “Government in gridlock” that has let the deficit and other critical national needs go unresolved.

“The American people are good,” he said, “but they have a Government that is a mess. Everybody in Washington makes excuses. Nobody takes responsibility even when they have direct responsibility.” Slapping at News Media

The Perot camp declared that it expected Mr. Perot to be included in upcoming Presidential debates, and both Bush and Clinton campaigns said they were willing to do so. Negotiators said tonight that they had reached a tentative agreement on the debates. Officials close to the negotiations said there would be three debates, with the first one on Oct. 11.

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