Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ross Perot Lashes out at Debates, Candidates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ross Perot Lashes out at Debates, Candidates

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Ross Perot, who lost a court battle to participate in Sunday night's presidential debate, took his case to the nation Sunday.

He appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation," delivered a 30-minute infomercial before the debates and appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" afterward.

Of the Dole-Clinton debate, Perot said, "I was just terribly disappointed to sit there for an hour and a half and see those two candidates hand out free candy." Although polls show that he would receive only about 5 percent of the vote, Perot said he had no intention of dropping out of the race. "We will be in this race to the end, because I want the American people to vote their conscience," he said. "I hope they don't get talked out of it like they did last time when they were told don't vote for Perot, he can't win." He urged voters disgruntled with the two mainstream parties to vote for him Nov. 5, to ensure that the Reform Party's candidate will be admitted to the presidential debate four years hence. "Vote for the Reform Party in 1996, then they won't be able to push you around in 2000. You'll be in the debate," he said, referring to the fact that he was excluded on the ground that he had no chance to win. "The future of this country is in the hands of the people if they would just grasp it," Perot said. "That's the whole game because the people say they want to vote for a winner. You've got to vote for someone who will face and deal with our country's problems." Several times, Perot, who has never held elective office, lashed out at mainstream politicians. "In business, you promote people based on their performance. In politics, people get promoted on their acting ability and their appearance, and the bad news is they go on acting after the election instead of going to work and producing results for the people," Perot said. On the issues facing the nation, Perot reiterated in his folksy, colloquial way his dire predictions of national bankruptcy if the deficit and entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid aren't brought under control. …

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