KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reform Party members wound up a national convention Sunday with encouragement from founder Ross Perot but little unity on a political strategy for becoming a national power.
During their three-day session, 400 delegates approved a constitution and drafted a platform, taking steps needed to make the Reform Party a national organization rather than an alliance of state parties.
Delegates spoke repeatedly of breaking the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties in American politics.
However, they and their leaders did not outline any strategy for doing it.
Sometimes, Reform Party leaders talked only about influencing the debate on issues such as campaign finance reform and the federal budget. Other times, they advocated electing candidates by starting with municipal and state elections.
They received praise and enthusiasm from Perot, but little advice.
"This is going to be a really great adventure," Perot said during his keynote address Saturday night. "We've just got to keep up the fight."