WHY PEROT WASN'T A CONTENDER

PEROT SQUANDERED AN OPPORTUNITY BUT LEFT HIS MARK ON THE AGENDA

Over a six-month period beginning in September 1995, Ross Perot held a series of private meetings with fellow supporters of the third-party movement, ostensibly seeking their advice on whether and how to run again for President. Consistently, the group, which included former Connecticut Governor and Senator Lowell Weicker and New York businessman Thomas Galisano, warned Perot that if he ran again, he could no longer be a one-man band. This time, the advisers said, he had to bring national-level politicians into the fold. He had to listen to their policy prescriptions and incorporate their ideas into his Reform Party's platform. He...

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