FINAL CHOICE

ECONOMIST PAT CHOATE IS PEROT'S RUNNING MATE

The 1990 book Agents of Influence by Pat Choate was roundly denounced by reviewers as an overwrought piece of Japan bashing and got him fired by TRW Inc., a high-tech company he had been serving as a kind of one-man think tank. But Ross Perot lauded the book on a Larry King Live TV show that Choate happened to be watching. Phone calls led to meetings that led to a jointly written 1993 Perot-Choate book excoriating the North American Free Trade Agreement; even some other treaty opponents found it overstated. Perot nonetheless has paid his coauthor--well, not the ultimate, or even...

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