Run, Ross, Run

Hotter than a jalapeno, Perot inches closer to a formal candidacy

BRAVING A SWELTERING SPRING SUN, 2,000 ROSS Perot zealots lugged 90 cardboard boxes stuffed with signed petitions up the lawn to the Texas Capitol last week in an effort to put the billionaire on the state's presidential ballot. This well-scripted media spectacle, festooned with flapping flags, balloons and bunting, marked the unofficial unannouncement of the uncandidate. In only nine weeks, Perot, who has qualified for four other state ballots, collected more than 200,000 signatures in Texas -- four times what he needed -- and that's a chilling omen for Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. "Let's redouble our efforts," urged Perot,...

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