Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney

posted at 11:21 am on October 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

He’s back — even if he didn’t bring any Power Point presentations with him this time around.  H. Ross Perot, who ran the most successful independent presidential bid in a generation, endorsed Mitt Romney in the Des Moines Register today, blasting the Obama administration’s reckless fiscal policies as he did:

The American economy is stagnant. Economic growth is insufficient to create enough jobs for a country whose population is growing. The result is unemployment stuck over 8 percent for every single month of Barack Obama’s presidency. We have 23 million Americans who are looking for work and either can’t find a full-time job, can’t find a job at all, or who have given up looking. That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be.

At the same time, and not unrelated, is the extraordinary explosion of federal deficits and federal debt. In the last four years during Obama’s presidency, he’s added around $5 trillion to our national debt, more than any previous president. This was accomplished by successive federal budgets that each ran deficits exceeding $1 trillion a year. It is this massive deficit spending that threatens to undermine our future standard of living. To pay for our government’s massive debts, Washington’s profligacy, our children and grandchildren will be paying interest and principal on the nation’s debt for untold years into the future. That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be.

Even as we have engaged in runaway domestic spending, the country has been put on the path to massive cuts in the defense budget. President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense has called the proposed cuts “devastating” to our nation’s security. History teaches that the price of military weakness always exceeds the price of preparedness. And yet at a moment when turbulence is sweeping critical regions of the world, we are increasingly unprepared. That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be. …

For the past four years, we have squandered one opportunity after the next to turn things around. The longer we delay acting, the steeper the price we will have to pay.

Perot has, for the most part, stayed out of politics since his second independent run for the top job in 1996.  He endorsed Romney in 2008 in the Republican primary, but his last foray into general-election endorsements was a last-minute announcement in 2000 of support for George W. Bush — which, knowing his animus toward the elder Bush, whom he once accused of attempting to sabotage his daughter’s wedding, was remarkable.  Perot’s only political activism these days is on fiscal reform, especially in entitlement programs.

Does Perot still carry any cachet among the independents that at one time adored his defiance toward the two major parties?  Thanks to his unique role in Bill Clinton’s first election in 1992, which Clinton won with only 43% of the popular vote, Perot has never been forgotten, but he’s been mostly quiet.  His Reform Party collapsed more than a decade ago, which means that he doesn’t have any formal organization in the field to march alongside Team Romney.  However, Perot might still have enough influence on non-aligned voters to expand Romney’s advantage, and put more pressure on Obama to fire up his own base to play catch-up.


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Perot loves him some whiteboards!

Zaggs on October 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Ross Perot was right then (in the 90′s) and he’s right now. Knowing now what we should have known then, the “establishment” is very powerful and they considered Perot a serious threat.

Oink on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Ah the highly coveted Ross Perot endorsement. Well it could make a difference assuming he still has any sway with people of course.

bgibbs1000 on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Its all good.

cheetah2 on October 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Why should we listen to a man whose only political achievement was to get a Democrat elected to the White House.

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“What’s that giant sucking sound coming out of the Obama campaign?”

The War Planner on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Should help Romney combat the idea that he’s a far right loon when he’s endorsed by the most successful Independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt.

vegconservative on October 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

AMA and now Ross Perot.

If Obama leaves Hillary hanging, Bill Clinton may be next!

tomg51 on October 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If so many low info voters don’t even know who Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi is, I doubt they know who Ross Perot is. However, I’ll take the endorsement from a proven business leader….and add it to the other brave business leaders who say another 4 years of Obama doesn’t work for anyone.

CoffeeLover on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Ah the highly coveted Ross Perot endorsement. Well it could make a difference assuming he still has any sway with people of course.

bgibbs1000 on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yea, Ross Perot is irrelevant compared to the “wimp with a limp” or Lay-z.

VegasRick on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Interesting..Charles Schwab yesterday and today Perrot…

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Ross Perot is the better of the RP’s out there.

TexAz on October 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Why should we listen to a man whose only political achievement was to get a Democrat elected to the White House.

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Ralph Nader got George W. Bush into the White House, but we don’t listen to him.

MadisonConservative on October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Ah the highly coveted Ross Perot endorsement. Well it could make a difference assuming he still has any sway with people of course.

bgibbs1000 on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yea, Ross Perot is irrelevant compared to the “wimp with a limp” or Lay-z.

VegasRick on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, it’s legit, they both (or the theee of them, I might ad) represent populations with their respective (huge) IQ differences :)….

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Interesting..Charles Schwab yesterday and today Perrot…

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

:) Agree jimver I hope more of them start speaking up. Imagine if all the employers actually leveled with their employees 6 months ago!

CoffeeLover on October 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It may not make any difference with voters, but I’m glad Mitt’s got his endorsement. Perot was who got me into politics back in 1992. I wasn’t old enough to vote yet, but I was glued to the TV during those debates(and the SNL spoofs of them).

Doughboy on October 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Is that a picture of Ross Perot or Frank Purdue?
http://www.nndb.com/people/803/000093524/

oldernwiser on October 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Well, it’s legit, they both (or the theee of them, I might ad) represent populations with their respective (huge) IQ differences :)….

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

obambi will outlaw as unfair The IQ quotion if re-elected.

VegasRick on October 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Well, that may be, but Obama’s biggest fan is a lot better.

bloggless on October 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

*yawn*

Tim_CA on October 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

but his [Perot's] last foray into general-election endorsements was a last-minute announcement in 2000 of support for George W. Bush

Whose effect was quickly wiped out by reports of a 24-year-old (1976) DUI arrest of GWB in Maine.

Does Perot’s endorsement mean Romney has been out drinking?

Steve Z on October 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ah the highly coveted Ross Perot endorsement. Well it could make a difference assuming he still has any sway with people of course.

bgibbs1000 on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Don’t forget we also got the even more highly coveted Lindsay Lohan endorsement. Preference cascade, baby!! ;)

jwolf on October 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Well, it’s legit, they both (or the theee of them, I might ad) represent populations with their respective (huge) IQ differences :)….

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

obambi will outlaw as unfair The IQ quotion if re-elected.

VegasRick on October 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yeah, ‘we are all dumb now’ :)…

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I give him a week to suddenly announce that he’s no longer endorsing anyone, only to re-endorse Romney the following week.

Hollowpoint on October 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I guess Honey Boo Boo endorsed Obungler on Kimmel’s show. Barky’s all but sewn up the moron vote.

Thomas More on October 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The coveted Ross Perot endorsement to go with the coveted Linsey Lohan endorsement. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Or the ridiculous to the sublime.

No Truce With Kings on October 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Why should we listen to a man whose only political achievement was to get a Democrat elected to the White House.

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

We can thank Ross Perot for 8 years of Bill Clinton… So can Monica Lewinski…

Khun Joe on October 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

It was funnier when Obama received the Hugo Chavez endorsement. They are book buddies!

Oil Can on October 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yea, Ross Perot is irrelevant compared to the “wimp with a limp” or Lay-z.

VegasRick on October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

JayZ, heh!
There is a funny mashup on boingboing where they took Obama’s speeches and edited them to get the lyrics of JayZ’s 99 problems.

Actually, I think that the song isn’t correct for Obama, he has at least 100 problems IYKWIMAITTYD.

cep on October 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Ross Perot can help Gov. Romney, it’s all over now. Obama for the win./

Cindy Munford on October 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Why should we listen to a man whose only political achievement was to get a Democrat elected to the White House.

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bush 41′s breaking his “no new taxes” pledge surely helped put Clinton in the WH as well.

TXUS on October 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Well he talked sense then and he talks sense now….

antisocial on October 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

This clinches the deal!

lexhamfox on October 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for the business community if Barkey wins a second term…

jimver on October 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Why should we listen to a man whose only political achievement was to get a Democrat elected to the White House.

JFS61 on October 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bush lost on his own merits. It is likely if Bush would have been a conservative in office, Ross Perot never would have entered the race to begin with. It was precisely due to the lies the President was telling that brought Perot into the arena. Bush Reneged on his Read My Lips, No New Taxes pledge. He deserved to lose. Like your false arguments against Akin, Bush Sr should have dropped out of the race after he decided to renege on his pledge and let someone else run instead.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I doubt the MSM will inform any undecided or low-info voter about the AMA or Perot announcements.

Unfortunately, zero impact.

matthew8787 on October 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We can thank Ross Perot for 8 years of Bill Clinton…

Khun Joe on October 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Perot held great personal animus towards Bush elder. He completely despised him. Perhaps he was right to feel that way. We had eight years of his son in office, and that didn’t go too well. I apologize to W loyalists here on the site, but I do blame W for much of the fiscal mess we’re in. Obama hasn’t so much altered course on W’s fiscal approach as double down on them.

We’ll never know exactly how much Bush elder would have damaged our country, but it’s pretty clear he was no conservative.

In regard to Perot’s endorsement, I’m glad we have it.

Burke on October 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Well, Ross Perot has sway with me, not that I haven’t already made up my mind. That man has more courage and integrity than any of our illustrious politicians.

texanpride on October 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Perot is the reason the Clintons squirmed into the White House. They laid the foundations for a total fraud like Obama to get elected. Thanks, Ross.

bobcalco on October 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Are people that want to keep their power seeing the light?Who is next,Pelosi?

docflash on October 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

but I do blame W for much of the fiscal mess we’re in

And the establishment Republicans who blew the opportunity to reign in government spending the first few years of control. They still think ’06 happened for no reason at all.

LoganSix on October 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Perot is the reason the Clintons squirmed into the White House. They laid the foundations for a total fraud like Obama to get elected. Thanks, Ross.

bobcalco on October 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Nope. Bush Sr reneging on his Read My Lips pledge accomplished that all by him self.

Obama got elected because Bush Jr was a total failure as president, was not even a great Commander in Chief which was his only saving grace.

Bush ostracized the conservatives of the party, highly motivated the progressives of the Democrat party, pushed unpopular amnesty, pushed the housing bubble higher for longer than it normally would have gone for the prestige of having the highest minority home ownership numbers in history, and when that blew up while he was still in office pushed for corporate welfare in the form of TARP and fascism with government take overs of private enterprise.

McCain had a chance to still stop Obama, but he instead likely torpedoed his own campaign just in order to see the first black president in his lifetime, a truly selfish act on his part.

But in the end, the real creator of Obama was the creation of Social Security and medicare that destroyed much of the family values this nation once had, and created an electorate stupid enough to vote for undefined hope and change!

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I give him a week to suddenly announce that he’s no longer endorsing anyone, only to re-endorse Romney the following week.

Hollowpoint on October 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This!

(The GOP keeps an elephant as its emblem for a reason…)

Mary in LA on October 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

But in the end, the real creator of Obama was the creation of Social Security and medicare that destroyed much of the family values this nation once had, and created an electorate stupid enough to vote for undefined hope and change!

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I can’t argue with that.

Can we start calling him “Obamaphoney” now?

Mary in LA on October 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Can we start calling him “Obamaphoney” now?

Mary in LA on October 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I wish for far worse for him.

Who knows, maybe after he is out of office the truth about him will come out and there will be things he can be put in prison over.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Non-news.

Is it possible anyone who voted for Perot in 1992 and 1996 is planning to vote for Obama in 2012? That is, not including crazy people. And the crazies will not be influenced by Perot’s endorsement.

It might have been news if he endorsed Obama.

farsighted on October 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Fox just said that tonight’s debate rules are going to be changed.

Schadenfreude on October 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Fox just said that tonight’s debate rules are going to be changed.

Schadenfreude on October 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Planning now to allow black powder guns at 10 paces?

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 1:33 PM

2012′s ‘sucking sound’ (please select one):
-Obama’s Campaign

-Steelers’ or Chargers’ season

-Picking ‘Green Energy’ winners

-All of the above

socalcon on October 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

socalcon on October 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

-Conservative ideals being flushed down the toilet

-Conservative movement website credibility

-Conservative commentators credibility

-Republican party’s potential to actually have any value to the nation in the future.

These could also be added in there.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Another vote is another vote. Never hurts.

kim roy on October 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Ross Perot, the guy who was on the education reform panel for TX which set up wealth redistribution of independent school district funds.

Kermit on October 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Good on H. Ross.

I was, in levity we trust, hoping for an “I’m _not_ all ears, next to dumb@$$” quote.
Funny, though, he hears with them’thar ears.

Scorched earth Baracky meltdown tonight.

Where’s that crr6 ‘count it’ quote, Del?

Mitt Romney, you are in our collective prayers.
With facts, take no prisoners. Crush the lies.

I’ll just leave it at that, for now.

mickytx on October 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I wish for far worse for him.

An orange jumpsuit and handcuffs come to mind…

Who knows, maybe after he is out of office the truth about him will come out and there will be things he can be put in prison over.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I hope so. He should have been impeached several times over by now. But a sound thrashing at the polls followed by a rash of tell-all interviews and books will do.

(N.B. I don’t wish physical harm on the man, for the sake of his daughters, who didn’t ask for any of this. I hope they can visit their dad at Waiawa or http://hawaii.gov/psd/corrections/institutions-division/prisons/halawa-correctional-facility on the weekends…)

Mary in LA on October 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Link fail. :-P

Mary in LA on October 16, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I regret having not voted for Perot when I had the chance. He was right about everything.

DFCtomm on October 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I really don’t care what or who Perot supports. I blame him for us having to put up with Clinton for 8 years.

Voter from WA State on October 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I blame Bush Sr for that. It was his job to get elected. In order to get elected all he had to do was an acceptable job as president. He failed there, plain and simple. In fact it was the Bush lies that made the electorate want to vote for someone else. Perot just happened to once again be a symptom of a much bigger problem, one that persists to this day and why we got Obama.

Our government is outside the mandate that the Constitution is and as such it does not have legitimacy. Every few elections this is going to play out as the electorate fights about what unconstitutional activity they find to be more beneficial.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Hey, Ross, please shut up. Thanks for the Clintons, BTW.

goflyers on October 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Hey, Ross, please shut up. Thanks for the Clintons, BTW.

goflyers on October 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I see this quite often here.

Please explain how Ross Perot caused a sitting president to lose an election and thus give us the Clintons?

I Bush would have governed in a way in which the people approved of he would not have lost regardless of Perot in my view.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

He is still alive?

tom daschle concerned on October 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I voted for Perot in ’92 at the age of 18. He just made sense. Smart man.

TXMomof3 on October 16, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Perot, for some reason, reminded me of a Keebler Elf. Not really trying to insult the guy, but still.

Although, in all fairness, IIRC, he managed to do something the Peanut Farmer couldn’t. Got his people out of Tehran…

DStreete on October 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

…don’t talk Ross…just vote!

KOOLAID2 on October 16, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Perot was right years ago but the country wasn’t ready to face the music. It now must. Should’ve voted in Perot when there was actually a chance to make major, substantive reforms without causing alarming amounts and duration of pain.

On the upside, you can pretty much guarantee that any Perotistas are now working through the Tea Party, so Perot’s voice is still being heard but it’s by proxy. Heck, even Rove, the Bush consigliere, is copying Perot’s presentation via a fact-board.

AnonymousDrivel on October 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM