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 GoreCan Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Sanders says he backs abolishing Electoral College Warren reintroduces bill mandating climate disclosures by companies 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 refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just 'Cortez' because it 'takes too much time' to say full name Trump blasts 2020 Dems during campaign rally Philadelphia mayor: Trump would 'go to hell' if he had to go back to where he came from 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 CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE (R) called the Perot a state "legend."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' 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 HurdTrump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' Poll shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings 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 BraunThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP EPA hails Trump's work on reducing air pollution The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment MORE (R-Ind.) praised Perot for paving the way for political newcomers, like himself and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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."