Inspiring Independent Presidential Candidate and Billionaire Ross Perot Dies at 89
Ross Perot, the eccentric Texas billionaire who ran for president twice as an independent in the 90s, has died after a battle with cancer.
In 1992, Perot scored 19% of the popular vote for president, far and away the most successful bid outside the two major parties in the modern era.
Many members of the GOP establishment still blame Perot for George Bush’s re-election loss, ignoring Bush’s broken promise not to raise taxes.
Even with the blame cast upon the self-made billionaire, Perot remained popular enough to run again in 1996 with populist Americans continuing to support his candidacy.
Earlier this year, Perot was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away surrounded by his loving family according to a spokesperson.