A third-party deficit hawk for president?
February 20th, 2012
04:31 PM ET
3 years ago

A third-party deficit hawk for president?

New York (CNNMoney) – In the not-so-distant past, a crusading third-party presidential candidate ran a grass-roots, national campaign on a platform of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.

That candidate's name was Ross Perot, and in 1992 he captured 19% of the popular vote, and at one point even found himself atop the national horse-race polls.

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  1. Matt

    In case you have not noticed (I know there has been little reporting on it), Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are both deficit hawks.

    February 20, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    "Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are both deficit hawks."

    Perhaps you missed the mention of tax increases in the article. You cannot be a deficit "hawk" while ignoring the suicidal Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    February 20, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    This is another phony story by CNN to censor the real issues that concern America. The deficit ranks low on the public's list of concerns right now. The big issues are the wealthy/income gap, the corrupting influence of money and the 1%ers on our government, economy and country, and jobs. Interesting that none of those actual concerns were addressed. The corporatists are desperately afraid of a true populist running, so they try to create a phony "debt populist" out of thin air.

    February 20, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Matt wrote:

    In case you have not noticed (I know there has been little reporting on it), Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are both deficit hawks.
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    So are liberals. Remember how hard they fought against the Bush Tax Cuts and how loud they still talk about them. All of the GOP candidates have put forth budget proposals that would have higher annual deficits than what we see now. They deficit has also remained constant under Obama, and is now shrinking because of lower unemployment. Under every Republican President it increases every year, always has and always will. Ron Paul's budget ideas are unworkable.

    February 20, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Very, very needed.........more than ever before in our history.

    February 20, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    I am surprised "third party" has not come up more often. So many people are tired of the same 'ol RepubDemoObama circus. More poeple in my state vote third party every year! Kick out the status quo.

    February 20, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Republicans all rolled-overt to the Tea Party radicals and now they're paying the price – no candidate worth supporting. Having the same radicals select yet another extremist serves no purpose. We need and have a pragmatic leader who serves as an advocate for all of the American people and continually works toward solutions rather than sound-bites. Obama remains the adult in the room.

    February 20, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |