WASHINGTON — Ross Perot returned to prime-time TV on Sunday, urging Americans to flood his mail with demands for deficit reduction and government reform--and to join his national political organization.
Perot distributed more than 30 million ballots in advance of the 30-minute "national referendum" he paid to air on NBC. Leaders of his United We Stand, America Inc. group organized events to help fill the mails with a positive response.
As has been his trademark since the election, Perot aimed most of his barbs at Congress.
"Watch Congress: They talk about savings, but what they want to do is spend," Perot said. "They treat money like it falls out of the sky. But it comes from hard-working people."
With his trademark charts and folksy twang, Perot promoted--and asked viewers to endorse with their ballots--the staples of his agenda: campaign finance and lobbying reform; a balanced budget amendment; a line-item veto for the President, and cuts in staffs, salaries and perks in Congress and at the White House.