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My Life & The Principles for Success, by Ross Perot

Not For Sale at Any Price, by Ross Perot

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Ross Perot: The Man Behind the Myth, by Ken Gross

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Ross Perot on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • For abortion, but reluctantly. (Sep 2000)
  • Pro-choice activist. (Nov 1992)
  • It’s a woman’s choice, including federal funding. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Budget & Economy
Click here for 16 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • OpEd: made deficit reduction a proxy for public virtue. (Aug 2008)
  • Donated land for commercial airport in Fort Worth. (Sep 2000)
  • Building new businesses is key to country's future. (Sep 1996)
  • Weak dollar means weak America. (Jul 1996)
  • Lack of Balanced Budget Amendment caused dollar’s decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Idea for Balanced Budget Amendment began in 1787. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced Budget in 1970s equals $15,500 more income now. (Jul 1996)
  • Tax incentives to encourage corporate & personal savings. (Jul 1996)
  • Stabilize dollar with central bank intervention. (Jul 1996)
  • OpEd: Balanced budget mania swept country in 1992. (Jun 1994)
  • United We Stand America: Focus on economy & debt. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit power to tax; expand power to intervene in market. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal involvement in business. (Nov 1992)
  • Will balance budget in six years by adding jobs. (Oct 1992)
  • Change rules to foster small business investment & growth. (Jul 1992)
  • Congress needs to be held accountable for enormous debt. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Quit membership in club that excluded Jews & blacks. (Sep 2000)
  • Affirmative action is “squishy” - education is key. (Jan 1998)
  • Zero tolerance for sexual harassment. (Sep 1996)
  • Gay rights are individual rights; fund AIDS blitz. (Jul 1996)
  • Calling NAFTA opponents “racist” is a smear tactic. (Jan 1993)
  • Homosexuality is an individual right. (Nov 1992)
Ross Perot on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR other political leaders on Corporations.
  • Build something better and money follows. (Sep 1996)
  • Supports employee stock options and performance rewards. (Sep 1996)
  • Recruit people of all religions, races, and genders. (Sep 1996)
  • Top US executives overpaid compared to foreign competitors. (Jul 1993)
Ross Perot on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Solving welfare by work will reduce crime. (Jul 1996)
  • Education is a strong anti-crime program. (Jul 1996)
  • Strong supporter of death penalty. (Jul 1993)
  • We have become preoccupied with the rights of the criminal. (Oct 1992)
Ross Perot on Drugs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Drugs OR other political leaders on Drugs.
  • Marijuana is the 1st step; tough penalties needed. (Sep 2000)
  • Assisted Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" program. (Sep 2000)
  • We're 5% of world's population but use 50% of cocaine. (Sep 2000)
  • Can’t overstate the damage that drugs are doing. (Jan 1998)
  • Never hires people who use drugs or alcohol. (Sep 1996)
  • Drug traffickers will take advantage of open Mexican border. (Jan 1993)
  • Deal with drug problem in military terms. (Nov 1992)
  • Make drug treatment available to all addicts. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR other political leaders on Education.
  • Teachers are poorly paid; more special compensation. (Sep 2000)
  • No high school football unless passing grades. (Sep 2000)
  • Expand school year from 180 days to at least 210. (Jul 1996)
  • Investing in education results in high living standards. (Jul 1996)
  • End adult illiteracy. (Jul 1996)
  • Test students more; “no pass, no play”. (Jul 1996)
  • More money into same system produces more of same failures. (Jul 1992)
  • More pre-school, more standards, more teacher respect. (Jul 1992)
  • Create world’s finest public schools. (Jan 1993)
Ross Perot on Energy & Oil
Click here for 2 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other political leaders on Energy & Oil.
  • Supported 50-cent gas tax to pay off deficit. (Jul 1996)
  • Raise gas taxes 10 cents a year for 5 years. (Oct 1992)
Ross Perot on Environment
Click here for 2 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Mexico provides escape from US environmental regulations. (Jan 1993)
  • This planet is our home; protect it for the future. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR other political leaders on Families & Children.
  • Platform of family values in 1992 election. (Sep 2000)
  • Prioritize family over business. (Sep 1996)
  • Place disadvantaged kids in government-funded homes. (Nov 1992)
  • At EDS, adultery is grounds for immediate dismissal. (Nov 1992)
Ross Perot on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other political leaders on Foreign Policy.
  • Aiding Russia is the most cost-effective thing we can do. (Sep 2000)
  • Great nations should commit more abroad. (Jul 1996)
  • Pay attention to developing nations. (Jul 1996)
  • NAFTA yields US sovereignty to international organizations. (Jan 1993)
  • Less aid to allies; more aid to Russia. (Nov 1992)
  • Gulf War did not achieve its objectives. (Oct 1992)
  • Help former USSR: pennies on the dollar compared to cold war. (Oct 1992)
  • Time is on our side in China; many leaders are very old. (Oct 1992)
  • Russia: reduce nukes; contain imperialism; send aid. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Free Trade
Click here for 16 full quotes on Free Trade OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Get other nations to lower import barriers. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit is as bad as budget deficit. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit improves if we understand foreign culture. (Jul 1996)
  • Lost NAFTA debate with Al Gore. (Jul 1996)
  • Keep jobs in US instead of giant sucking sound toward Mexico. (Jul 1993)
  • Mexicans are good; NAFTA is not. (Jan 1993)
  • Fast Track makes more secrecy and less public input. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA is good for investors & bad for jobs. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA’s main beneficiary: 36 people who own half of Mexico. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA will cause a giant sucking sound as jobs go south. (Jan 1993)
  • Maquiladoras just steal jobs; it’s not really “trade”. (Jan 1993)
  • Ten principles of a good trade agreement with Mexico. (Jan 1993)
  • Long-term US trade strategy: focus on debt & jobs. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA means a giant sucking sound as jobs are lost. (Oct 1992)
  • Bad trade deals come from Washington insiders cashing in. (Oct 1992)
  • NAFTA allows prison-made Chinese textiles into US via Mexico. (Jan 1993)
Ross Perot on Government Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Give the president the line-item veto. (Sep 2000)
  • Get rid of all PACs. (Sep 2000)
  • Turn over excess campaign funds to US Treasury. (Sep 2000)
  • Vote on weekends instead of Tuesdays. (Sep 2000)
  • Decision-making process is listening to opponents. (Sep 1996)
  • Reduce the growth rate of federal government. (Jul 1996)
  • Long-terms solutions instead of polls. (Jul 1996)
  • Term Limits linked to Congressional performance. (Jul 1993)
  • United We Stand America: create government from the people. (Jan 1993)
  • Electronic Town Hall to replace representative government. (Nov 1992)
  • End pork; end loopholes; end exit polling. (Nov 1992)
  • Reduce government perks and staffers. (Nov 1992)
  • The system is corrupt, not the people in it. (Nov 1992)
  • I have no experience with gridlock; only getting things done. (Oct 1992)
  • Election reform: shorten elections, free air time. (Jul 1992)
  • Curb PACs, ban soft money, ban electoral college. (Jul 1992)
  • Cut government waste and start with top heavy bureaucracies. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • No right to own machine guns. (Jul 1996)
  • Enact strict gun control laws. (Nov 1992)
Ross Perot on Health Care
Click here for 6 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Our healthcare money is not being spent intelligently. (Sep 2000)
  • NAFTA is backdoor deregulation; lowers FDA standards. (Jan 1993)
  • Expand Medicare to cover all Americans. (Nov 1992)
  • Attack AIDS at every level: more education, more research. (Jul 1992)
  • Short term: cost containment & focus on prevention. (Jul 1992)
  • Long term: comprehensive national health policy. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Homeland Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • 1980s: Traveled to Vietnam in violation of the Logan Act. (Aug 1999)
  • Cut defense by $8B per year; economic security comes first. (Jul 1993)
  • Manufacturing industry needed for self-defense. (Jan 1993)
  • We can only be a superpower if we are an economic superpower. (Oct 1992)
Ross Perot on Immigration
Click here for 2 full quotes on Immigration OR other political leaders on Immigration.
  • NAFTA will encourage illegal immigration. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA lets Mexican professionals work in the US legally. (Jan 1993)
Ross Perot on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • Train our workforce better to beat foreign competition. (Jul 1996)
  • Mexican unions are beholden to one-party government. (Jan 1993)
  • US farmers & ranchers will lose out to Mexico & Canada. (Jan 1993)
  • NAFTA’s beneficiaries: US companies that move to Mexico. (Jan 1993)
  • US is becoming a nation of hamburger flippers. (Jan 1993)
  • Jobs lost to NAFTA are not replaced at same pay. (Jan 1993)
Ross Perot on Principles & Values
Click here for 17 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • OpEd 1992: caused "two-front battle" in Bush election fight. (Nov 2010)
  • 1994: Endorsed Democrat Richards over Bush for TX governor. (Mar 2010)
  • Scouting teaches leadership, and improves our country. (Feb 2008)
  • OpEd: Raised issues in 1992 that no one else did. (Aug 1999)
  • Founded EDS to sell IBM working systems instead of hardware. (Sep 1996)
  • Take leadership principles from Attila the Hun. (Sep 1996)
  • Take leadership principles from the Boy Scouts. (Sep 1996)
  • Reputation based on honesty, promptness, and paying cash. (Sep 1996)
  • Withdrew from 1992 race under mysterious circumstances. (Jul 1996)
  • UWSA: Focus on issues & solutions without special interests. (Aug 1995)
  • 1992: Appropriated Bill Clinton's theme of "change". (Jun 1994)
  • OpEd: Quitter for exiting presidential race; then re-entered. (Jun 1994)
  • Decided to run for President based on popular desire. (Nov 1992)
  • Action, not issues. (Nov 1992)
  • Pledge to focus on the issues, without spin doctors. (Oct 1992)
  • Perot campaign 1992: the people are the owner of the country. (Jul 1992)
  • Admires signers of the Declaration as people of action. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Base indexing on a lower inflation rate. (Jul 1996)
  • Invest Trust Fund surplus like a pension fund. (Oct 1992)
Ross Perot on Tax Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • Increase taxes on the wealthy. (Apr 2012)
  • The rich should pay higher taxes. (Sep 2000)
  • Take away the right of Congress to raise taxes. (Sep 2000)
  • Consider a VAT value-added tax. (Jul 1996)
  • Cut spending and raise taxes to pay off debt. (Nov 1992)
  • Raise marginal tax rates on the wealthy. (Jul 1992)
  • Disallow mortgage & health deductions for the rich. (Jul 1992)
  • Decrease capital gains tax to foster long-term thinking. (Jul 1992)
Ross Perot on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • 1992: 30-minute TV spots shook establishment; banned in 1996. (Oct 2002)
  • Limit election TV coverage to 5 months. (Sep 2000)
  • More spending on research & applying it commercially. (Jul 1996)
  • NAFTA will hurt US telecommunications companies. (Jan 1993)
Ross Perot on War & Peace
Click here for 4 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • Orchestrated rescue mission to free EDS staff jailed in Iran. (Jul 1996)
  • Tried for 20 years to find MIAs and POWs in Vietnam. (Jul 1996)
  • Surgical strikes against tyrants. (Nov 1992)
  • No troops to Bosnia until America is more committed. (Oct 1992)
Ross Perot on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Get business & churches involved with schools. (Jul 1996)
  • Transform welfare recipients to productive citizens. (Jul 1996)
  • Massive redistribution from wealthy to poor. (Nov 1992)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
For abortion, but reluctantly: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice activist: Strongly Favors topic 1
It’s a woman’s choice, including federal funding: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action is “squishy” - education is key: Neutral on topic 2
Zero tolerance for sexual harassment: Favors topic 2
Recruit people of all religions, races, and genders: Favors topic 2
Calling NAFTA opponents “racist” is a smear tactic: Neutral on topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Gay rights are individual rights; fund AIDS blitz: Strongly Favors topic 3
Homosexuality is an individual right: Favors topic 3
Attack AIDS at every level: more education, more research: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Get business & churches involved with schools: Favors topic 4
Transform welfare recipients to productive citizens: Favors topic 4
Place disadvantaged kids in government-funded homes: Opposes topic 4
More pre-school, more standards, more teacher respect: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NAFTA is backdoor deregulation; lowers FDA standards: Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare to cover all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 5
Short term: cost containment & focus on prevention: Opposes topic 5
Long term: comprehensive national health policy: Strongly Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Base indexing on a lower inflation rate: Opposes topic 6
Invest Trust Fund surplus like a pension fund: Strongly Favors topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Expand school year from 180 days to at least 210: Opposes topic 7
Investing in education results in high living standards: Opposes topic 7
More money into same system produces more of same failures: Favors topic 7
Create world’s finest public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
This planet is our home; protect it for the future: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Solving welfare by work will reduce crime: Opposes topic 9
Education is a strong anti-crime program: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strong supporter of death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
We have become preoccupied with the rights of the criminal: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No right to own machine guns: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase taxes on the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
The rich should pay higher taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Consider a VAT value-added tax: Opposes topic 11
Limit power to tax; expand power to intervene in market: Opposes topic 11
Massive redistribution from wealthy to poor: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise marginal tax rates on the wealthy: Favors topic 11
Disallow mortgage & health deductions for the rich: Favors topic 11
Decrease capital gains tax to foster long-term thinking: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
NAFTA will encourage illegal immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Get other nations to lower import barriers: Opposes topic 13
Trade deficit is as bad as budget deficit: Opposes topic 13
Trade deficit improves if we understand foreign culture: Opposes topic 13
Keep jobs in US instead of giant sucking sound toward Mexico: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fast Track makes more secrecy and less public input: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA is good for investors & bad for jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA means a giant sucking sound as jobs are lost: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Aiding Russia is the most cost-effective thing we can do: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cut defense by $8B per year; economic security comes first: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Get rid of all PACs: Strongly Favors topic 16
Turn over excess campaign funds to US Treasury: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Great nations should commit more abroad: Strongly Favors topic 17
Pay attention to developing nations: Strongly Favors topic 17
NAFTA yields US sovereignty to international organizations: Opposes topic 17
Less aid to allies; more aid to Russia: Strongly Favors topic 17
Russia: reduce nukes; contain imperialism; send aid: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supported 50-cent gas tax to pay off deficit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Mexico provides escape from US environmental regulations: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Marijuana is the 1st step; tough penalties needed: Strongly Favors topic 19
Assisted Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" program: Strongly Favors topic 19
Can’t overstate the damage that drugs are doing: Strongly Favors topic 19
Never hires people who use drugs or alcohol: Favors topic 19
Drug traffickers will take advantage of open Mexican border: Favors topic 19
Make drug treatment available to all addicts: Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
United We Stand America: Focus on economy & debt: Favors topic 20
Cut spending and raise taxes to pay off debt: Opposes topic 20

Ross Perot is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
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