Political world mourns death of Ross Perot

Political world mourns death of Ross Perot
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Several political figures mourned two-time presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Ross Perot on Tuesday after news of his death.

Perot, 89, had been being diagnosed with leukemia in February.


The Texas businessman ran for president in 1992 and 1996 as a third-party candidate, amassing 19 percent of the popular vote in his first White House bid. Although he did not win any electoral votes, many credit him with helping seal former President Clinton's victory over former President George H.W. Bush.

In 2000, Perot endorsed George W. Bush's candidacy for president.

The younger Bush praised Perot as a “strong patriot” on Tuesday following reports of his death.

“Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed,” the former president said in statement. “He gave selflessly of his time and resources to help others in our community, across our country, and around the world.

“Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Perot family as they celebrate a full life."

Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreGinsburg calls proposal to eliminate Electoral College 'more theoretical than real' Difference between primaries and caucuses matters in this election Emma Thompson pens op-ed on climate change: 'Everything depends on what we do now' MORE, who participated in a televised debate with Perot over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), also praised Perot.

"I’ve always had the utmost respect for Ross Perot, for his patriotism, love of country, and extraordinary commitment to our veterans," Gore tweeted. "I send my deepest condolences to his family and to everyone who loved and admired him." 

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump: House Judiciary should investigate Obama Netflix deal instead of his business Farm manager doubts story horse bit Pence: report Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration MORE said he was "saddened to learn of the passing of a great American, a true patriot and a steadfast supporter of our military."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) called Perot a "true American patriot" who "lived and proved the American dream."

Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached Warren: Kavanaugh 'should be impeached' just like Trump MORE (R) called the Perot a state "legend."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE (I-Vt.) highlighted Perot’s support of veteran’s rights while praising the businessman.

“Ross Perot was a champion for veterans' rights and ahead of his time on disastrous trade policies,” Sanders wrote. “During his campaign, he explained, in depth, how he would address our national problems and spurred serious discussion. Ross Perot was a one-of-a kind American. He will be missed.”

Fellow Texas lawmaker Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdPelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (R) lamented Perot's death, but wrote that his presence would "continue to be felt across our state and nation for future generations."

And Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE (R-Ind.) praised Perot for paving the way for political newcomers, like himself and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE, writing "Ross Perot was right about the dangers of NAFTA and runaway government spending because he spoke from real experience - not as a career politician - and paved the way for entrepreneurs like me and President @realDonaldTrump to shake the system in D.C."