Texas billionaire and mega-business magnet Ross Perot died this week. His list of accomplishments during his life is long and impressive, but Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said on Tuesday following his death that former President George H.W. Bush always felt that Perot cost him re-election in 1992. Bush 41 lost that election after just one term to former President Bill Clinton.
“I spent some time in his post-presidency with George H.W. Bush. He was an enormously graceful and kind man. The only person I ever heard him speak ill of was Ross Perot,” said Wallace on “America’s Newsroom.” Wallace recalled that Bush and his backers believed Perot’s 19.7 million votes pulled much more support from him than from Clinton.
Perot, who also ran for president in 1996, died Tuesday at age 89 after a five-month battle with leukemia. The Texas billionaire won 19 percent of the vote in 1992 and 8 percent in 1996 as an independent candidate.
Wallace recalled that Perot was a self-made billionaire “when it meant something,” before there were so many other billionaire moguls in the United States.
The Fox News host said Perot made a name for himself as a candidate by highlighting the spiraling national debt in 1992. Ironically, at that point in American history the number was a small fraction of the current $20 trillion national debt. In addition, he focused on the jobs that would be lost to Mexico due to NAFTA.
Perot famously spoke of the “giant sucking sound” of American jobs being lost to Mexico.
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