tv Ross Perot Second Presidential Campaign Announcment CSPAN April 17, 2016 10:14am-10:50am EDT
of the race in mid-july after supporters had put him on the after in 24 states reentering the race. he participated in all three presidential debates and received 19% of the vote in the 1992 general election. bill clinton defeated republican incumbent george h.w. bush to win the presidency 43-37%. this 45 minute news conference took place in dallas. >> good afternoon. the volunteers in all 50 states have asked me to run as
candidate for president of the united states. jim stockdale, by presidential -- our vice presidential candidate, and i are few people honored to accept the request. in this country have been able to live the american dream to the extent that i have. no person never had a finer father, mother or sister then i. no man has ever been blessed with a better wife, margo. or five more outstanding children, plus six grandchildren too good to be true. i have been extremely fortunate during my business career so i, have lived the american dream. certainly if anyone in the country should be obligated to serve our country and its people, i should be. the volunteers know this is a critical time in our nation's history. neither political party has effectively addressed the issues that concern the american people. they have asked me to run the campaign on the issues and assure the problems the american people are concerned with will be dealt with after this election is over.
i know i heard many of the volunteers who work so hard through the spring and summer, when i stepped aside in july. i thought it was the right thing to do. i thought both political parties would address the problems that face our nation. we gave them a chance. they did not do it. the volunteers, on their own, forged ahead and put me on the ballot in the final 26 states after july 16. the day we were on the ballot in all 50 states, the volunteers requested i come back in because the political parties had not responded to their concerns. my decision in july hurt you, and i apologize. i thought i was doing the right thing. i made a mistake, and i take full responsibility for it. there is only one issue now, starting today, and that is, what is good for our country? looking forward, looking together, we can fix anything.
the american people are concerned about a government in gridlock. our people our -- our good, the american people are good, but they have a government that is a mess. the american people are concerned about the government they pay for, that does not produce results. everybody in washington makes excuses. the woody takes responsibility, even when they have direct responsibility. the american people have figured that out. they want that change. the american people are concerned about a government when people go to washington to cash in and not to serve. they want a government change so that people though as servants of the people back home, and do not use government service as a stepping stone to financial success. the people know it is wrong to spend our children's money. nothing could be more wrong. we know we cannot consciously pass on a $4 trillion debt to our children. the people want this problem
squarely dealt with. they want our financial house put back in order. people are concerned our government is still organized to fight the cold war. they want to reorganize to put america as the highest priority. in order to do that, the highest priority is to rebuild the job base and the industrial base and put the people back to work. we have to stop the loss of entire industries to go to other countries. we must make the words made in the usa, once again, the world standard for excellence. not only is government a mess, politics is also a mess. the way political campaigns are run is a mess. people want a new political climate where the system does not attract ego driven, power-hungry people. we will create an environment that attracts the best people to come and serve in the back home -- and to go back home and go to work.
together, we can solve these problems and make the political process responsible and relevant to selecting the best people in the country. these are the issues we will talk about in the coming weeks. i will let spend one minute answering questions that are not directly relevant to the issues that concern the american people. and now, to the american people, i do not belong to anybody but you. you, the people, only. if you elect me, i go as your servant. i will work night and day to see your priorities are accomplished. to the many young people, and it is a disproportionate number of young people who have called me, written me, and some have driven cross-country to dallas to visit at their own expense, expressing concern about what kind of country they will live in as adults, wondering whether they will even have a job when they get out of school. this is unthinkable, that they would have a college degree and not be able to get a job in america. when i think about the
sacrifices my parents of the generation who came before the made in the earlier times, for us, to live the american dream, certainly, we all dedicate ourselves to seeing that you, the young people, have the american dream passed on to you. even the very young ones, this little girl, beautiful little girl, adrian. i will leave this picture for you. she says, my name is adrian, i am nine years old, almost 10. i wish you would run for president, and i wish i could vote. i think everybody should be able to say how they would like to see things done. i do not think a small group of people should decide all of these things for a whole bunch of people. this is signed adrian, augusta, kansas. when you are hot and tired and worn out, take a look at this little girl and her sisters.
you you will say, whatever it takes to have got to do it, to make the american dream for them. the retired people who made it through the depression fought and won world war ii. how is that? grew up in the depression and then had to fight in world war ii. worked and sacrificed most of their lives. i know you share my commitment that we passed the american dream two children and grandchildren. one of my most poignant memories is the day mort meyerson became president of electronic data system. his 95-year-old grandfather was there. his grandfather had to we russia -- flee russia many years ago because he happened to be a jew. he lived in an attic in brooklyn working at the taylor so he could get together enough money to buy a train ticket to fort worth, texas. he raised a son, who was mort meyerson's father. at the end of the meeting, mr. meyerson came forward with tears
in his eyes and said son, three -- through you, i have fulfilled all the dreams i had as a young man coming to america. that is what this is all about. fair share and sacrifice will be necessary to solve the problem. last time we all sacrifice together with world war ii. -- was in world war ii. everyone participated in a sacrifice. we won and can win again if each person in this country will care -- kerry has part of the burden. the largest single group of people who have urged me to run are in our military forces, and veterans. you have written and called and volunteered your time, urging me to run. i do this for you primarily, because you have fought and won in the hot wars and the cold war. in many cases nobody even said thank you. this is my tiny little way of saying, thank you.
you deserve a country for yourselves and your children that fulfills the ideals you fought for on the battlefield. some of you paid your lives. i do this for the widows and children. many of you bear the scars of the war. i do it for you. i received a purple heart through the mail yesterday and a letter. here is a next her -- excerpt. dear ross, i was awarded this purple heart for wounds received during the vietnam ambush in 1968. over the years, its value to me has grown significantly, and like my family, it is priceless. i would be honored if you would accept the loan of my purple heart to keep with you throughout the campaign. i believe it serves as a compelling reminder that the hard battle ahead can and must be one. let it remind you of the army of ordinary citizens that has mustered to your call and looks to you to stop the hemorrhaging of the american spirit, tune
unite once and for all our diverse citizenry under a single american banner, and to restore honesty, integrity and responsibility to our government. like you, i firmly believe if we stand united, we will win. good luck, ross. dennis, thank you. i will keep it with me during the campaign. i understand it is on loan. i will get it back to you. never forget everyone listening today, i cannot do this job without your continued support. one person is nothing in the task this large. if millions of you will come together, there is nothing we cannot do. it is up to you, it is up to all of us. i promise you i will give it everything i have. the final results are in your hands, because you on this country and you are the voters. i look forward to presenting these issues day in and day out to the american people.
i would like to thank the american people. by choosing me, you're have given me the highest honor i could ever receive. in closing, let me say this, i'd love this country, the american people. i love the principles on which this country was founded, and i do not like to see the principles violated and there are millions of people out there just like me that a second tired -- that are sick and tired of it. >> our vice president shall candidate, and his wife. jim stockdale is a hero's hero. recipient of the medal of honor of honor. in addition to that, he is a scholar. he is a retired admiral. suffered as a prisoner of war in vietnam as few people have. he provided leadership that
caused our government to award him the medal of honor. in order to receive it, his fellow prisoners had to recommend the ultimate compliment. he is a man of steel. he has been hammered on the forge of brutality. he was able to reach outside himself to provide strength to others. i can't tell you how many pows told me when i came home that they would not be alive had it not been for jim stockdale. he gave them the courage to continue to go forward. that is leadership. that is the kind of person that build our country. we are very fortunate to have a man of his quality to serve us. -- she is one of the great women in our country. she and a handful of dedicated wives and mothers were out there trying to get someone to do something so that their husbands can survive this very long war.
she finally broke through. she got our government to change its policies from not saying anything about it to one embarrassing the north the enemies and changing the treatment so more men would survive that ordeal area there are few women during the period of my life of 62 years, who have shown more strength, more courage, more commitment, and mortification. who have been more brutally tested than mrs. stockdale. , two pieces ofn steel. it is my privilege to introduce jim stockdale and his great wife thomas civil. -- great wife cibil. >> we are in our 46th year of marriage. have four sons and five grandchildren and another on the way. the love of my life. she saved my life if you ever read the book we wrote.
to be my oldr friend ross perot's running mate in this great effort to give the american people an independent way to go. i have a personal reputation for being independent. this role gives me added satisfaction. ross perot, extraordinary man. a word used in a popular biographical article by his recent director of medications, jim squires. this article is on the newsstands now. a good man. a selfless man. these additives come from the heart. sybil has known him for 23 plus years. ever since i got off a plumbing -- plane from hanoi in 1973. the toast of american modern age technology and entrepreneurship a public education authority. yesterday, iampus
was stopped by the chairman of the education department. the department does not train teachers into the theory of education. he said you are having quite a life. i have been a 12 years. i know well. he said i have read the reports of mr. perrault's work, both in in preschool experience 1968, and the work with the high schools later. he said he really had some original approaches. he said it is not a teacher bashing operation. he sat there for four months in those classrooms and asked questions and talk to his students and the teachers before he made any moves. he is a benefactor of the poor. perhaps apocryphal. i heard from one of his close dallas friends. she said ross is the only man who would or could phone the salvation army headquarters and ask how far short are you this
year? the guardian of the american fighting man, he put our plates in hanoi on page one in the world. today, gulf war veterans thank him for his -- the sponsorship of the private hospitalization and cure of wounds too expensive for normal pa care. for me, this is a great experience and a great opportunity. when ross phoned me last march to be his running mate, i was in the early stages of writing a book about my patron saint in prison. a first century is stoic -- a story philosopher. he is a man who inspires people with tough jobs to do like ross and me now, starting this campaign as underdogs. yesterday at stanford, i looked me the quote that would give power in this clutch. i settled for this. a life not put to the test is not worth living. lifenk providence for this with all its trials, and for
this opportunity. i wrote this article in the anteroom. we got on the plane. off, the pilot somehow found out who we were. she came to the door. -- he stuck out his hand and said i want to thank you -- he was the captain of the plane. a man in his 40's. i want to thank you for all of the things you do over there in hanoi. i respect you and i were. they generations get away from it. he said the gulf war was my work. that is before we got off. he grabbed me and said tell ross i'm going to vote for him. they are all over the country. thank you, very much. [applause] >> ternate podium over. -- turn the podium over to the national coordinator.
[applause] >> i want to get my family safely out of here. i have it taken care of. startsfore everybody yelling lunch, i can't see you at all because it is so dark area i will try. >> there would be a heavy emphasis on media and television. does this mean you will not be traveling around the country? give us an idea. >> lets assume you own invesco team and i am an eskimo team. i would expect you to ask me for my strategy. would you expect me to give you my strategy? we will not lay it out for you. it will be unconventional. it doesn't make any sense to lay out our strategy. >> will you highlight your issues or will this be a strategy to win?
how do you do that with over a month to go before the election? >> we will win by highlighting our issues. >> are you campaigning in certain areas or will you do commercials? >> now you are getting into our strategy. i just feel it is not wise to tell you. nobody would tell his opponents a strategy in any sort of competition. i don't think we should. tell use not going to what your template plans are. what you tell us where you will appear and when? our strategy.ll we will have it on full day after day. here is the one thing you can bet on. it will be serious, it will focus on the issues. i will be. exactly how we run a serious campaign focusing on the issues, that one full day after day.
-- that will unfold day after day. plan drafted by a former advisory -- former advisor to president carter of the economy was not widely praised. one else would yell, try that again. i got part of it. >> it was not crafted largely by that person. that person participated on the team, made an important contribution. that person is a very bright, wise, able person. i had absolute control over the plan. i was deeply involved in it, myself. a very talented team made up of a number of people participated. is -- itur question has a bad premise.
>> income tax rate -- it falls to have a leon the middle class. a --re you and to refine of that? >> you would respect your poems to twist. i wouldn't dignify that answer with a comment. i know that comes from, i know where it comes from. these added it so many times. i will at the proper time. the point is -- does everybody here have -- >> can you explain to us what interest it is for the ever -- average american to have his or her gasoline go go up by an average of $300 a year to solve the deficit when richer americans will have to undergo that similar type of burden? explain why it is in their interest. >> if you look at the cost of gasoline around the world, in italy it is up to five dollars a gallon. our other industrial competitive nations, it is $3.85.
the cost of gasoline is roughly the same all over the world. the variation is in the tax. those nations take that tax and build infrastructure. our infrastructure is falling apart. our purpose in collecting $.10 a gallon increase per year over five years will put us way at the bottom of the industrialized world. we need to get money to create infrastructure which will create jobs and make our country stronger and get the multiplier effect from having a modern infrastructure as opposed to a decaying infrastructure. when you look get jerked us what germany is spending to prevent infrastructure, when japan is spending, little taiwan is spending to improve its infrastructure. the tiny amount we are spending, we won't be in the game in 15 years. nobody will be able to afford a car. we have to do that sort of thing. -- i am here about to announce, i am here to have a positive, good time. everything here is the usual
hostile negative yelling, screaming. i will take two more. >> you said you were making a rational decision. >> i can hear anyone. >> mr. perot, when you dropped out -- >> to you only care about winning -- do you only care about winning? talked about you young people and i you are interested in young people in your campaign. many young people in this country are apathetic when it comes to voting. how can your role in this campaign change that? >> i want to get them to participate. based on the number of young people who have contacted me, come to see me, and in some cases, have driven across the country, my sense is they will be very active this year. important is terribly that they be active more and more, particularly once they finish high school. can't get a job. finish college, can't get a job. get a masters degree, can't get a job.
yet an mba from the big-name business school and can't get a job. they are starting to say wait a minute, something is wrong. they are really concerned about making sure we don't drop the $4 trillion burden on them. as all of you question why we have to have fair share sacrifice across this country, please recognize it is because we spent our children's money. please understand -- wouldn't it be neat if we worked $4 trillion down, but everything was perfect? wherefore trillion dollars in debt am a but we have the industrial base of the world, the finest schools, no crime, alabaster cities that claim -- that gleam. we're the bottom of the industrial art -- industrialized world. we have the most violent society. our cities are in decay is all of you know. our public cities rank at the bottom of the industrialized world. we owe $4 trillion. this will be a tough call to fix. why my so blunt about it and nobody else is?
>> the american people are ready to address it and fix it and both of the other parties say it is critical suicide to talk about it. my objective is not to commit political suicide, but i do understand that the american people are ready to deal with this. i think every day is precious. it is like delaying once you know you have cancer. it is like going through a period of denial. you refuse to accept it. it is important to get treatment quickly. we need to do that while we are still strong. >> you said you are quitting the race because you didn't want to be a spoiler and disruptive. now, you say you're back to win this. is your strategy to disrupt george bush's vote in a number of key states including this one, texas? >> actually not. press myth number 615. wait just a minute. wait a minute. let me finish. absolutely not. absolutely not. i love you guys.
[laughter] he has called me every name in the book. said, the only thing i've ever criticized is his mistakes in office. that is it. we're talking about performance, not personality. i and everything for my monster to crazy coming from them. nobody ever says you must really dislike that guy. you keep saying those things. i show up, you say you don't like george bush. these fairytales and pass them on, every now and then, get together sometime an evening and say is there any basis for this stuff? for that.o basis i wouldn't spend 10 minutes because of personal dislike. i wouldn't spend the money i'm having to spend. i'm doing it for the reasons i gave in this speech. very simple. i will take one more.
i am green and inexperienced. let me ask you a question. -- i recognizek you, and we will try. >> and your book, you have an outline, your economic plan. on monday, you held the most extraordinary clinical meeting here where their economic agenda was also discussed. , thereat i understand were similarities, commonalities, serious differences. since then -- you begin your campaign, do you think you will be changing your economic agenda or altering them or making any kind of adequate changes or will there still remain exactly as you outline? >> any plan should not be static. any plan should be dynamic. let's assume somebody has a better idea tomorrow. we should think about it, we should discuss it, we should debate it and do it.
if you ask me for 25 words or less the reason for my business success, it is that i don't get locked into a blueprint. out with what everyone is all excited about as a good plan. as we start down the road to implement it, we have 1000 better ideas. our government doesn't do that. , freeze things in concrete, and people cannot find tune and optimize. i'm a great believer in fine-tuning and optimizing and certainly, every step of the way, we would want to say -- wait a minute, as we go along, is our better way to do it? what is a goal? to serve the american people. we want to freeze your plan. that is why health care is a mess. it is frozen. there are people who would love to take a screwdriver and improve it, but you can't. number one, your question is did i know that? no. number two, let's look.
i know i've checked to find out what was going on. here is what happened. people, we had 50 states, offices all over 50 states manned by self selected volunteers. someone would call dallas and say charlie is stealing money. in order to comply with the federal election rules, we had to check it out. we would check. wemost cases it was just -- would have a situation,. we have a fellow out here. in a county in and secure area, your county court nader -- coordinator has done three times in jail. we would have to check that out. 90% of the contact at that firm, most of the effort with that firm was providing security to people in offices that needed security. we would rent security people by the hour from them. let's stop and think about this for a minute.
i would hurt someone to say how many people do you have an opposition research? don't have any, never had any. is not fast native and everyone goes bonkers on the front page of the paper the day i'm able -- to make this acceptance on a non-issue. and ignores both parties who are in absolute overdrive and overload trying to destroy one another personally? if there isally, any balance and fairness in what you do, give the same attention to their investigative capability that you have created out of thin air about our nonexistent investigative capability. find out how many full-time investigators they have checking everything is breathing. will conclude there is a lot of paranoia, at least in one place. i realize it is a tough game. i realize -- i don't care. i find it silly to the point of ridiculous that if you write a
nonstory just because it gives you something hot, that you don't take the time to say what about these other two guys? we are not even in the game when it comes to investigation. in terms of what they are doing. we don't -- all we try to do, somebody says someone is stealing, we check it out. by the federal election commission on to let people still money. if that upsets you, that is it. on that happy note, i will take one more. >> mr. perrault -- you said -- let me just take you up -- >> i can't hear you. you ever been approached by the clinton campaign or any of the representatives and have they offered you any sort of a cabinet post? >> nothing like that. again, on a slow -- of course not.
>> i would like to. respect, i think the american people are tired about the types of campaigns that have been run. at the same time, the american public went through a traumatic experience when richard nixon was president many years ago. how much of a right to the american people have to know about your character? is it fair for someone who might vote for you to wonder about your character and ask questions? how much should we be allowed to investigate your path? >> of course. let me ask you a question. it is unfair for me to wonder why you don't write a balanced presentation? let's assume you find here is the good, the bad, the beautiful. are you trying to present a balanced picture of a candidate -- leave me out of it, or are you trying to play gotcha journalism? >> i got -- i rest my case. i will take any balanced peace that comes out. i don't claim to be perfect. i don't care what you do. and have fun, get raises
bonuses, play gotcha. i don't care. the point is i want you to know that what i am about is what i just said. i care about this country and the american people. i love them and i will do whatever i can to serve them. they have asked me to do this. i will do it for them. this gentleman has been very patient. i have to go to work very got to make a living. >> you just asked the question why don't we go after the other two candidates? >> i said on the investigative issue. >> you said -- you had several quotes about how they use investigative -- they investigate everything. do you have chapter and verse about their use of investigators? do we investigate you are the american people? >> i don't see the press. everybody else does. anyone get a nice -- a nasty feed for me?
i rest my case. good luck. thanks for being so pleasant and positive. [applause] >> during campaign 2016, c-span takes you on the road to the white house. we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> all weekend long, american history tv is joining our comcast cable partners to showcase the history of tuscaloosa, alabama, which was -- to learn more, visit c-span.org/cities to her. we continue with our history of tuscaloosa. ms. melton: we are at the murphy-collins house, which houses the murphy african-american museum.
it gets its name from the two owners. the murphy built the house, and ms. collins bought the house from the murphy's. the two-story bungalow was built by will murphy and his wife around 1923. as you know, the capital of alabama was located here in tuscaloosa, from 1826 until 1846, -- 1946. around 1923, the capital burned, and that is where will murphy got the material to build this house. this area was the area where most of your professional and american lives. beautiful houses. it was, sort o