“If you see a snake, just kill it – don’t appoint a committee on snakes,” said Ross Perot in a quote that sums up his short political career that spanned his time with the reform party between 1992 and 2000.
For many, Ross Perot was the original Donald Trump who challenged the political establishment in 1992 when he received over 19,500,000 votes in the Presidential election that year. He was the candidate for the “ordinary” people.
During and after the Vietnam War, Perot was an advocate for the POW/MIA movement and challenged both the United Stated States and Vietnamese governments on the issue.
He would run again for President in 1996, campaigning against NAFTA under his new Reform Party. That year, he received just 8% of the total votes for President.
Ross Perot died on July 9, 2019, at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas, from leukemia.
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