Whereas Perot was a self-made billionaire, Trump inherited a fortune from his father and declared bankruptcy several times. While Perot was a folksy Texan who could pull off a certain everyman appeal despite his enormous wealth, Trump is an arrogrant, in your face, born and bred New Yorker. Being from New York myself, that sort of think doesn’t startle me. But having covered the Rudy Giuliani campaign (who, incidently lead polls for much of 2007), I can say that it’s hard to overestimate what a handicap being a New Yorker can be for a presidential candidate in other parts of the country. I can’t tell you how many voters I spoke to in Iowa who were reflexively distrustful of Giuliani because of his New York background.