The Fix: Ross Perot

Why Ross Perot is made for the 2012 race

Remember Ross Perot?


Texas billionaire Ross Perot laughs after saying "Watch my lips," in response to reporters asking when he plans to formally enter the Presidential race. Questions came May 5, 1992 in New York City where Perot was speaking before the American Newspapers Publishers Association. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Texas billionaire, who ran twice for president in the 1990s, has the distinction of being the last third party candidate to become a major factor in a national race. (Perot took 19 percent nationwide in 1992.)

While Perot was a major political story twenty years ago, a look at the political landscape in 2012 suggests the Texan might well have been a man ahead of his time.

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People want a third party. Until they don’t.

People want a third party. Until they don’t.

One look at the deep dissatisfaction coursing through the American electorate — record disapproval numbers for Congress, President Obama at the lowest ebb of his time in office — and it becomes clear that a desire for something/someone else in politics is as strong as it’s been since, at least, 1992.

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