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September 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
In a remarkably scathing and personal denunciation of his old political foe, Dallas billionaire businessman H. Ross Perot said President Clinton "is mentally and emotionally unstable" and an immoral misfit with a "defective brain" whose behavior threatens no less than democracy itself. Perot's speech during his Reform Party's second national convention in Atlanta kept many of the hundreds of people on their feet.
September 26, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Reform Party, born of Ross Perot's maverick campaign for the White House, gathered in Atlanta for its second national convention, with some delegates hoping President Clinton's problems will give their struggling movement a boost. Perot won 19% of the 1992 presidential vote, but fell to just 8% in 1996. Political scientist Steven Schier said backlash against the Clinton scandal and partisanship in Washington could help a third party lure "people who are fed up with politics as usual."
March 1, 1998 | Associated Press
A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit by Ross Perot's Reform Party, which claimed that the laws that govern federal elections and campaign funding are unconstitutional and enforced in a discriminatory way against third parties. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said the campaign funding law, which provides different amounts of federal money to presidential candidates based on their parties' share of the vote in the last election, was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1976.
Continuing recent efforts to insinuate himself back into politics, billionaire Ross Perot sued the Republican and Democratic parties and the Federal Election Commission in federal court Wednesday in a push for the rights of minor party candidates. The suit contends that large chunks of federal election laws are unconstitutional and discriminate against small political parties.
November 3, 1997 | From Associated Press
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.
November 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
Ross Perot returned like a conquering hero Saturday night to the national convention he founded. Perot, who gave the keynote address at the Reform Party's national founding convention, sounded very much as he did in speeches when he was running for president last year. "We will make the 21st century the best in our country's history," he said. "We focus on results for the people."
June 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A dissident faction of former presidential candidate Ross Perot's Reform Party decided to go it alone Saturday after failing to resolve their differences with Perot loyalists. The self-described National Reform Party Steering Committee believes Perot wields too much power in a group they say was intended not just to support the Texas billionaire's bids for the White House but to build a third major political party in the United States.
March 29, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A private investigator who supported Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential campaign says he made up charges that Republicans were trying to smear the Texas billionaire, charges that eventually led Perot to drop out. Scott Barnes told the Dallas Morning News that he and a former producer for the British Broadcasting Corp., David Taylor, convinced Perot that Republicans had photos of one of his daughters in a compromising position.
January 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Ross Perot urged Reform Party members on Saturday to quit bickering and focus on national issues. Internal power struggles threaten to weaken the fledgling third party that backed the Texas billionaire in two failed presidential campaigns, Perot said. "I think as we create this party and as you put it all together, we have got to avoid any divisiveness and games and things that destroy," Perot told a gathering of more than 300 party members.
Pat Choate, the running mate of independent presidential candidate Ross Perot, said here Tuesday that the Reform Party offers the nation a "historic moment" to energize its lost voters and clean up the American political system. Bemoaning the sharp decline in voter turnout, Choate told a group of 50 supporters that "more than 50% of the country's voters have given up on government."
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