Citing bad economy, Ross Perot backs Romney
October 16th, 2012
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Citing bad economy, Ross Perot backs Romney

(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Ross Perot came out in favor of Mitt Romney Tuesday, writing in a newspaper editorial the 2012 GOP nominee was in a better position to slash America's ballooning federal debt.

Perot, who ran as an independent candidate in 1992 and 1996, wrote in the Des Moines Register President Barack Obama hadn't done enough to fix a stalled economy.

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"Our country faces a momentous choice," Perot wrote. "The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms."

Perot, a Texas businessman and billionaire, ran as an independent candidate in 1992. He dropped out of the race in July but re-entered in October, going on to nab 19% of the vote. He ran again in 1996 and won 8% of ballots cast. He backed George W. Bush in 2000, but stayed out of the presidential race in 2004. In the 2008 GOP primary, he endorsed Romney over then-rival Sen. John McCain.

In his endorsement Tuesday, Perot hit Obama for adding to the national debt as well as presiding over cuts to the military.

"At a moment when turbulence is sweeping critical regions of the world, we are increasingly unprepared," Perot wrote. "That is wrong. It's not the way America ought to be. It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Mitt Romney."

The former candidate went on to cite Romney's balancing the state budget while governor of Massachusetts, despite a legislature run by Democrats.

"In short, although he is a rock-solid conservative, he knows how to reach across the aisle and make common cause with those with whom he disagrees," Perot wrote.

In a statement, Romney wrote he was "proud" to land Perot's endorsement.

"Ross Perot's accomplishments as an entrepreneur, as a political leader, and as a naval officer make him a living legend," Romney wrote. "He understands the challenges facing the nation and what it will take to meet them."

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  1. Thomas

    "Our country faces a momentous choice," Perot wrote. "The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms."

    Perot Mr Perot , a Texas businessman and billionaire.

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    Yes Mr Perot . The world is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than the planet.
    Romney and Perot never mention the Environment , Climate Change , Sustainability .

    How dose Perot feel about Romney's five sons avoiding volunteering for the military , Perot is a Navy man .

    October 16, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. MasterWooten

    That was easy! Nobody in their right mind can say that Obama is committed to reducing the size and scope of government. If he can, he'd increase it.

    October 16, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Puddin

    Oh, this is so disappointing! I voted for Ross Perot, and now I'm so sorry I did. I thought Ross Perot was a fair man. If all the Republican obstructionists in Congress got voted out, Obama would do just fine, and this country would be moving forward at a much faster pace. Perot must be getting real senile or he would see that Romney is a phony, all talk, but he hasn't walked the walk. I guess Perot thinks someone is going to take one of his dollars, and since Romney intends to cater to the wealthy, he would protect his dollars more. These millionaires and billionaires should remember "you can't take it with you." Actually, he probably can't spend it all while he's here. He's CRAZY all right; he's lost it.

    October 16, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. jk in MN

    Looks like Ross thinks the tax code is just fine to way it is and doesn't want to pay his fair share.

    October 16, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Strategic Bob

    Another corner of LaLa Land heard from. Weren't there already enough reasons to vote against Romney?

    October 16, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Indy

    I sure would like to see some facts of when Mitt Romney saved an economy at anytime in his life,He did not do so well in the decent times when he was Governor (47th) and he has made profits from companies in trouble but I have never seen proof that he has helped a wide range of people in rough times.The Olympics do not count as they are an event not an economy with peoples lives at stake

    October 16, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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