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Ross Perot

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Henry Ross Perot is an American business magnate and former politician.

A business magnate refers to an entrepreneur of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise or field of business.

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As the founder of Electronic Data Systems, he became a billionaire.

Electronic Data Systems was an American multinational information technology equipment and services company headquartered in Plano, Texas.

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He ran an independent presidential campaign in 1992 and a third party campaign in 1996, establishing the Reform Party in the latter election.

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Both campaigns were among the strongest presidential showings by a third party or independent candidate in U.S. history.

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Born in Texarkana, Texas, he became a salesman for IBM after serving in the United States Navy.

The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

IBM is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States, with operations in over 170 countries.

Texarkana is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States, located in the Ark-La-Tex region.

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In 1962, he founded Electronic Data Systems, a data processing service company.

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In 1984, General Motors bought a controlling interest in the company for $2.4 billion.

General Motors Company, commonly known as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services.

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Perot established Perot Systems in 1988 and was an angel investor for NeXT, a software company founded by Steve Jobs.

NeXT was an American computer and software company founded in 1985 by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, based in Redwood City, California, that developed and manufactured a series of computer workstations intended for the higher education and business markets.

Perot Systems was an information technology services provider founded in 1988 by a group of investors led by Ross Perot and based in Plano, Texas, United States.

Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs was an American information technology entrepreneur and inventor.

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Perot also became heavily involved in the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue, arguing that hundreds of American servicemen were left behind in Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia.

The Vietnam War POWMIA activists played a role in pushing the U.S. government to improve its efforts in resolving the fates of the missing.

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During President George H. W. Bush's tenure, Perot became increasingly active in politics and strongly opposed the Gulf War and ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.

George Herbert Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 and the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

The North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

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In 1992, Perot announced his intention to run for president and advocated a balanced budget, an end to the outsourcing of jobs, and the enactment electronic direct democracy.

In business, outsourcing is "an agreement in which one company contracts-out a part of their existing internal activity to another company".

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A June 1992 Gallup poll showed Perot leading a three-way race against President Bush and presumptive Democratic nominee Bill Clinton.

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

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Perot briefly withdrew from the race in July, but re-entered the race in early October after he qualified for all 50 state ballots.

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He chose Admiral James Stockdale as his running mate and appeared in the 1992 CPD debates with Bush and Clinton.

James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which he was an American prisoner of war for over seven years.

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In the election, Perot won 18.9% of the popular vote but did not win any electoral votes.

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He won support from across the ideological and partisan spectrum, but performed best among self-described moderates.

In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who is not extreme, partisan, nor radical.

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Perot ran for president again in 1996, establishing the Reform Party as a vehicle for his campaign.

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He won 8.4% of the popular vote against President Clinton and Republican nominee Bob Dole.

Robert Joseph Dole is an American lawyer and politician who represented Kansas in Congress from 1961 to 1996 and served as the Republican Leader of the United States Senate from 1985 until 1996.

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Perot did not seek public office again after 1996 and did not enter the 2000 Reform Party presidential primaries.

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He endorsed Republican George W. Bush over Reform nominee Pat Buchanan in the 2000 election, and supported Republican Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012.

Willard Mitt Romney, better known as Mitt Romney, is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

George Walker Bush is an American politician who was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Patrick Joseph Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster.

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