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In Big Ways, Ross Perot Was Ahead of His Time
In Big Ways, Ross Perot
Was Ahead of His Time

In Big Ways, Ross Perot Was Ahead of His Time

His 1992 campaign was a game-changer

(Newser) - The death of Ross Perot at age 89 is prompting lots of assessments about the remarkable life of the tycoon-turned-politician. Perot arguably changed history with his record-setting performance in the 1992 election, when he won more than 19 million votes as an independent. George HW Bush, for one, thought he...

2-Time Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Is Dead

He once got an impressive 19% of the vote as an independent

(Newser) - H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died at age 89. Perot, whose 19% of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past...

Bush 41 on Ross Perot: 'I Don't Like Him'

Says in HBO documentary that Perot cost him the election

(Newser) - George HW Bush usually keeps to himself—but in an HBO documentary airing tonight, he doesn't mince words regarding formal rival Ross Perot. When documentarian Jeffrey Roth asks Bush if he'd be willing to comment on Perot, Bush refuses, then adds: "I think he cost me the...

Conditions Right for a New Ross Perot
 Conditions Right 
 for a New Ross Perot 

Conditions Right for a New Ross Perot

An independent candidate might do some damage in 2012: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Not that it necessarily will happen, but today's political climate is more favorable to a Ross-Perot-type of independent candidate than it has been for quite a while, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon . Three key conditions that help: an incumbent president (check), a lousy economy (big check), and a nominee...

9 Big Names Who Went to Community College

In honor of the White House Community College Summit

(Newser) - President Obama recently called community colleges the "unsung heroes of America’s education system." Huffington Post rounds up nine notable community college attendees who prove his point:
  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Attended Santa Monica College before becoming the Terminator, and then the Governator.
  2. Tom Hanks: He transferred from Chabot College

Tea Party, GOP Must Work Together
 Tea Party, GOP 
 Must Work Together 

Tea Party, GOP Must Work Together

Third party challenges historically benefit those they oppose: Quayle

(Newser) - Watching the emergence of the Tea Party movement is giving Dan Quayle flashbacks—about Ross Perot. Perot's Reform Party siphoned off 19% of the votes in the 1992 presidential election, effectively denying the elder George Bush a second term. "There's a well-worn path of third-party movements in American history,...

Bayh: Third Party Could Win White House

Soon-to-be-ex-senator sees a 'Ross Perot moment' in 2012

(Newser) - Evan Bayh thinks the time is ripe for a third-party president. “There’s a high level of frustration with the two-party system out there,” Bayh told Charlie Rose, when asked about David Brooks’ theory that a third party candidate could at last be viable. “This is, in...

Obama Should Be the 'Saner Ross Perot'

 Obama Should 
 Be the 'Saner 
 Ross Perot' 
David Brooks

Obama Should Be the 'Saner Ross Perot'

Become the permanent outsider and fix the deficit, Mr. President

(Newser) - Somewhere out there lurks a “saner, updated version of Ross Perot,” ready to swoop in and ride the public’s growing dissatisfaction with all things Washington. He’ll rail against the mounting deficits, and the Republicans and Democrats who let them mount. Well, Barack Obama, “you can...

Obama Spot Snags 22% of Viewers

Buying time on all networks but ABC still misses most in major markets

(Newser) - Just about a fifth of watchers in big US media markets tuned in to last night’s Barack Obama infomercial, even though the spot aired on four of five major networks, the Chicago Tribune reports. The highest ratings were in Baltimore, where a little less than a third of families...

Obama Infomercial: Shrewd Clincher or Another Berlin?

Analysts see little risk in appeal to undecideds

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s 30-minute infomercial tonight comes at a time when 11th-hour deciders start to look for information, Jeanne Cummings writes in Politico. There is some risk of overkill, analysts say, but the Democrat can afford the outlay. “It’s like football,” one GOP strategist says. “People...

Non-Candidate Bloomberg Meets Perot's Polling Expert

Denies he's running, heads to lunch confab

(Newser) - "I am not a candidate," Mike Bloomberg reiterated yesterday before having lunch with Ross Perot's former campaign manager, an expert on ballot access, the Dallas Morning News reports. Asked whether his presence in Austin, Texas was a sign, the New York mayor sniped, "I just said I'm...

Data Digger Arms Pols With Dirt on Voters

Gives scoop on your friends, arrests, finances, web habits

(Newser) - Political data miner Aristotle Inc has worked for every president since Reagan, 200 House candidates last year, and several current presidential hopefuls. Now the firm’s founder is debuting technology that breaks ground in accessing private information—revealing voters’ income, house value, conviction history, and even online behavior. One privacy...

Magna Carta Up for Sale
Magna Carta Up for Sale

Magna Carta Up for Sale

Document expected to command at least $20M

(Newser) - A 1297 copy of the Magna Carta owned by Ross Perot will go on the auction block in December, Sotheby's announced today. The document, one of 17 left in existence, is expected to sell for 20 million to $30 million, the Times reports. It had been on display at the...

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