Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, dies at age 89

Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, dies at age 89 1


Ross Perot, the billionaire tycoon who mounted two unsuccessful third-party presidential campaigns in the 1990s, died Tuesday, family spokesman James Fuller confirmed to CNN. He was 89.

A billionaire by his mid-50s after he sold a controlling interest in the data processing business he founded, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, to General Motors for $2.5 billion, Perot mounted one of the most successful third-party presidential candidacies in US history in 1992 when he garnered nearly 19% of the vote. He finished third, behind Bill Clinton and incumbent President George H.W. Bush.

Perot directly challenged Clinton and Bush's support of the North American Free Trade Agreement during the election cycle, and argued the treaty would cause the loss of American jobs.
In 1995, he created the Reform Party, and the following year received 8% of the vote in the presidential election as the party's candidate.

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40 Comments on "Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, dies at age 89"

  1. toomani bandz | July 9, 2019 at 11:07 AM | Reply

    I wish we could have had Ross Perot instead of trump…Ross stuck to his guns, I didn’t agree with him but he was a man of his word

  2. Kung-Fu Kenny Family | July 9, 2019 at 11:09 AM | Reply

    My condolences to his besties and heartbroken family❤ , R.I.P Ross💔

  3. Self-made? Partially true – he made his fortune from the U.S. government processing Medicaid claims using computer algorithms he purchased from the coder.

    • francisco gonzales | July 9, 2019 at 12:07 PM | Reply

      @Kev O’Connor His wife loaned him the money.

    • Glenn Ellison | July 9, 2019 at 12:08 PM | Reply

      Greg Ruland his campaign manager Ed Rollins was on Fox declaring, “Like Donald Trump, a self-made…”. Now THAT’S a false statement!

    • What the hell does that even mean, he built the company from the ground up, he sold the company 2 GM they don’t do Medicare you’re just another jealous libtard

    • Darth Mercur | July 9, 2019 at 12:34 PM | Reply

      After he left the Navy in 1957, Perot became a salesman for IBM. He quickly became a top employee (one year, he fulfilled his annual sales quota in a mere two weeks). In 1962, he founded Electronic Data Systems, a data processing service company. In 1984, General Motors bought a controlling interest in the company for $2.4 billion. Perot established Perot Systems in 1988 and was an angel investor for NeXT, a computer company founded by Steve Jobsafter he left Apple.

  4. Robert Landa | July 9, 2019 at 11:11 AM | Reply

    Thanks to Perot, Bush ’41 lost his re-election.

    • Robert Landa yeah the Clinton crime family was definitely a better choice

    • Matt Renfro Couldn’t have said it better. The George H W Bush economy was a disaster with a war to go along with it. Thank God for Ross Perot.

  5. Keeping It 100% | July 9, 2019 at 11:12 AM | Reply

    I wasn’t a fan but condolences to the family and R.I.P.

  6. Biggus Dickus | July 9, 2019 at 11:13 AM | Reply

    This country needs more third party candidates. Rest in peace, Mr. Perot.

  7. My Condolences To The Family, May he Rest In Peace 😔❤️

  8. Scott Mckenzie | July 9, 2019 at 11:15 AM | Reply

    I voted for Perot which contributed to the election of Clinton. I’m torn. Anyway why couldn’t you take Trump with you Mr. Perot and drop him off in hell.

  9. This is where the chart stops. Seemed like a decent guy.

  10. Ranger of Norrath | July 9, 2019 at 11:31 AM | Reply

    So sad. 😢
    My, now belated dad, voted for him too. 💕
    I really liked Mr. Ross Perot as well. 💖
    Condolences to his family and friends. 🌷
    Peace ✌

  11. Taylor Curtis Braz | July 9, 2019 at 11:40 AM | Reply

    I can only pray that I can get just a fraction of Ross Perot’s money. Because I would use it all to pay off my student debt. Also please pray for me so that I can find an oil drilling job in the Gulf of Mexico so that I can get help paying off my student debt.

  12. wow good guy. rest in peace Ross Perot. I have the 92 debates on video.

  13. One of the kindest most humane people I’ve ever met, my husband worked for him for years. His intelligence was inspiring. If you ever walked the halls of Perot Systems and saw the tributes to his acts of kindness and his efforts to aid people in need, it would make you ask “what the hell have I done with my life?” because Ross Perot didn’t just talk, he walked the walk. RIP, may your inspiration live on eternally.

  14. Too bad it wasn’t Trump that croaked instead of Ross Perot. The day Trump kicks the bucket will be a day of celebration & jubilation in my household. It will probably be celebrated around the world!

  15. Daniel Normand | July 9, 2019 at 12:00 PM | Reply

    Did everyone get that when he said about stopping jobs to go overseas and was against nafta? He knew what was coming.

  16. USNA class of 1953. RIP along with Jim Stockdale. If you don’t get that reference, then look it up.

  17. R.I.P. SIR.
    Thank you for all your efforts in ’79. I will never forget

  18. 7/9/19 12:05pm and still NO wall and NO check from Mexico for such a wall. tick-tock tick-tock

  19. Michael O'Brien | July 9, 2019 at 12:18 PM | Reply

    And he was absolutely right about that “giant sucking sound.”

  20. Louvre DeWitt Bukater Neuilly EnLay | July 9, 2019 at 12:21 PM | Reply

    In a way, the Libertarian Movement, the Green Party Movement, etc, would of never even been established had it not been for Ross Perot.
    This was what broke the partisanship. So, thank you, and you’ll be missed.

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