The Other Side of Perot

He surged to the top of the polls although voters knew little about him. Now some cracks are starting to appear in the billionaire candidate's carefully constructed facade.

What made me a success in business would make me a failure as a politician.

-- Ross Perot to the Washington Post, 1969

Some failure. Without even formally declaring his candidacy, Perot has unleashed a hurricane of discontent with politics -- and politicians -- as usual, sweeping up millions of citizens in an emotional crusade that could conceivably propel him all the way to the White House. Despite what may be a temporary leveling off in his popularity, the Texan still outpaces George Bush in the polls and leaves Democrat Bill Clinton in the dust. No other independent candidate in modern...

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