tv Ross Perot Second Presidential Campaign Announcment CSPAN May 6, 2016 11:07pm-11:44pm EDT
the millions of fellow americans who brought our volunteers efforts to secure an overwhelming number of signatures to pledge the name ross perot on the presidential ballot of the great state of texas. we congratulate you and wish you the best of luck in your bid for the presidency of the united states, and we will do our utmost to continue our efforts to achieve that goal. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] [ crowd chanting ] >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much.
>> you are not ordinary people. you are very special people. and the reason, i'll tell you what makes you special, you are part of a great country. [ cheers and applause ] and one thing that's special about our country is we all own an equal part. and as was already said today, we haven't been very good stewards of this great country we own, but you are setting the example to rebuild a government that comes from the owners. and god bless you for that. [ cheers and applause ] everybody understands politics
will tell you this, what's happening today, could not happen. they called up the larry king show and said, everybody unem plid looking for a job in politics called. here is the message. don't you understand that ordinary people can't organize themselves, can't get this done? very difficult. very tedious. well, you showed them. [ cheers and applause ] and their position was, you had to be told what to do. i've had enough of that, myself. [ cheers and applause ] and apparently, you have too. so congratulations on doing the job they said couldn't be done. now specifically in texas, here is why they said just forget it. keep that in mind, the hard part starts after november. so every time they say, just forget, remember this hot day in the sun when you delivered, right?
[ cheers and applause ] now if you're going to [ inaudible ] and we say that anything is possible. but here is why they said you couldn't do tp maybe the deadline was too short. but this was designed to keep independents out the fact that you can always urge people to not vote in the primaries, maybe it is too difficult to get through. and finally they said, 53,7 00, folks can't do that.00, folks can't do that. well, you know, in all fairness to them, you didn't. you did over 200,000. [ cheers and applause ]
now this is the most precious part. this is your project and it came from you. that's the most precious part. and if we keep that focus, our country will have a great future. now you've set the standard for all of the big states in this country. by delivering texas. i guarantee you folks from california, new york, florida and those other big states couldn't sleep unless they at least matched you. and all over this great state, the message has flowed into dallas and said, if you get into trouble in the other states, we will go in and help them. the purpose of having a government again coming from the people is to number one build a strong economy and strong job base so we once again become a strong country.
i don't think there's a person out here in the sun today that feels comfortable spending his or hers children's money. and that's where we end up. if i could wish for one thing for my children and your children, it bo be to leave the american dream in tact so they can dream great dreams and have those dreams come true. we'll be working on that. we are a melting pot. that has always been a great strength. the other parties are now kind of splitting the melting pot into different pieces then wonder why they can't put it back together after the election. now, we will not be a part of that. we are all in this together. all in this together.
let me just put it to you in blunt texas talk. if you hate other people, i don't want your vote. it's that simple. because of very special people like you, we can build a nation that rest of the world looks up to you, that would be a source of strength and kindness not only here but all over the world. thanks to people like you. now, very high priority to me. we wouldn't have the job base we need to do all the things we talk about tp we good night and
day it make the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence.d night and day it make the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence. night and day it make the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence.. tp we go night and day it make the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence. tp we go night and the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence.tp we go the words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence.we go ni words "made in the usa" a standard of excellence. now, the guys in the corner office, and the guys on the third shift, you have a whole lot more to do with that than anybody else. now you can't do it by yourselves. if we unite and work together as a team, can anybody beat us? >> no! >> about that simple. now my role in this is insignificant any of can't. your role is paramount and will be particularly important after november. my job is to serve you as your servant and my secondary job is to make sure that everybody else out there works as your servant.
now, everybody that's an expert on politics said it would take six months to organize the nation state by state. from the bottom up all of you across this country did it in five weeks. not bad, right? i put our people, i put our people and our state coordinators, against anybody anywhere any time in terms of quality and dedication. so god bless you and thank you for your work. [ cheers and applause ] so thank you for thinking of the next generation. if you got hot and tired, look at your children, look at your grand children. think about what your folks did for us. and let's redouble our efforts to do it for them. now i want to thank everybody here today but my heart has a special soft place for one group. and your heart has a soft place
for that group, too. these are the people who have fought in the wars and offered their lives for all of us. [ cheers and applause ] now. there was here today, adults here today, children here today, who lost their dad and father on the battlefield. there are people here today who left parts of themselves on the battlefield for all of us. i've got one friend out here in the crowd here today. i haven't seen him yet but i know he's here. like ken wellingford, a pow, robby rossener, spent five years
on the box as pow. 140 degrees in the daytime. so you wouldn't get any sympathy on a day like this from robby. he stayed there for a total of eight years. now i can't tell you how much it means to me to have these people support this effort. [ cheers and applause ] now, i would never ask them to do anything for me because they've already done too much for all of us. but because of that, because of that, you understand why it means so much to me that they are part of this process. in closing, the creators of our contusion are looking down on us. you know and i know they're smiling.
if you have time when you go home tonight, reread what happened to the people who signed the declaration of independence. they suffered terribly. they sacrificed as much or more than the people who got on the battlefield. they did it for us to give us a government of the people, by the people, for the people. and as long as it's in your hands, it will not perish from the earth. god bless you all. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] now more from road to the white house rewind with independent candidate ross perot entering the 1992 campaign, just over five weeks before the election. the texas businessman surprised my observers by dropping out of the race in mid july after supporters put him on the ballot in 24 states. after reentering the race he
took part in all three presidential debates and received 19% of the vote in the 1992 general election. democrat bill clinton defeated republican uncome dent george h.w. bush to win the presidency. the news conference took place in dallas. >> state up here. just anywhere. >> good afternoon. the volunteers in all 50 states have asked me to run as candidate for president of the united states.
our vice presidential candidate and i are honored to accept their request. few people in this country have been able to live the american dream to the extent that i have. no person ever had a finer father, mother, or sister than 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've been extremely fortunate during my business career. so i have lived the american dream. and certainly if anyone in this 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 effectively addressed issues that concern the american people. they ask me to run the campaign on the issues and it assure that the problem that american people are concerned with would be
dealt with after a selection is over. i know i hurt many of the volunteers who worked so hard during 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 issues in the nation. we gave them the chaps. they didn't do it. but the volunteers forged ahead and put me on the ballot in the final 26 states. after july 16th. the day we were on the ballot in all a states, the volunteers requested that i come back in because their concerns were not addressed. i hurt you. i apologize. i thought i was doing the right thing. i made a mistake. i take full responsibility for it. there's only one ush u now starting today and that is what's good for our country. looking back won't solve any of our problems. looking forward, working together, we can fix anything.
the american people are concerned about a government in gridlock. our people are good. the american people are good. but they have a government that is a mess. the american people are concerned about this government they pay for that doesn't produce results. everybody in washington makes excuses. nobody takes responsibility even when they have direction responsibility. the american people have figured that out. they want that change. the american people are really concerned about a government where people go to washington to cash in and not to serve. they want a government changed so people go as servants of the people back home and do not use government service as a stepping stone to financial success. the people know that it is wrong to spend our children's money. nothing could be more wrong. we know that we cannot constantly 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 that our government is still organized to fight cold war. they want it reorganized to rebuild america as highest priority. and in order to do that, the highest priority of all is to rebuild the industrial base. we've got to stop the laws of entire industries that go to other countries. we must make the word "made in the usa" once again the world's standard of excellence. not only is government a mess. politics is also a mess. the way political campaigns are run is a mess. but 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 in the country to come, serve and go back home and good to work. together we can solve these problems and make the political
process responsibility and relevant to selecting the best people in the country. these are the issues we will talk about in coming weeks. i will not spend one minute answering questions that are not directly relevant it issues that concern the american people. and now to the american people, i don't belong to anybody about but you. if you elect me, i go as your servant. i will work night and day it see the priorities you have established are accomplished. to the many young people, and disproportionate number, very young people who have called me, written me and some have driven across dallas at their own expense, expressing concern whether or not they will have a job when they get out of school. this sun thinkable that you would have a college degree an not be able to get a job in america. to think of all of the sacrifices that my parents and the generations before them made
and earlier time for us so we could live the american dream, certainly we all dedicate ourselves to seeing that you, the young people in our country, will have the american dream passed on to you. even a very young ones write me. this little girl, beautiful little girl, adrian, i leave this beautiful picture for you. here are a few excerpts from her letter. my name is adrian. i'm nine years old, almost ten. i wish you would really run for president, and i wish i could vote. i think everyone should get to say how they would like to see things done. i just don't think a small group of people should decide all these things for a whole bunch of people. this is signed adrian, augusta, kansas. now when you're hot and tired and worn out some day, take a look at this little girl and her sisters. and say, whatever it takes we've
got to do it. we've got to pass on the american dream to them. we made it through the depression. fought and won world war ii. how is that for a double hit. work and sacrifice most of their lives. i know you share my commitment to make sure we pass the american dream on to our children and grand children. one of my most poignant memory says the day mort meyerson became the president of electronic data systems. 95-year-old grandfather was there. his grandfather had had to flee russia many years ago because he happened to be a jew. he lived in an attic in brooklyn for 18 months working as a tailor as a young man. so he could get together enough money to buy a train ticket to fort worth, texas. he areared a fine youngson. at the end of the meet willing mr. meyerson came forward with tears in his eyes and hugged
mort he is not said, son, through you i have fulfilled all of the dreams i had as a young man when i came to america. that's what this is all about. fair share and sacrifice would be understand to solve these problems. last time we all sangry nices together was world war ii. everybody participated in the sacrifice. we won. we can win again. if each one in this country will carry his part of the burden. to the huge number of people in the armed forces, largest single group of people who written me and urged me to run these past few months in our military forces and people who are veterans. you have written, called and volunteered your time urging me to run. i do this for you primarily because you fought and won the hot wars and the 45-year long cold war for us. and in many cases, nobody ever even said thank you. this is my tiny little way of saying thank you. certainly you deserve a country
for yourselves and your children. but for the ideas that you fought for on the battlefield. some of you gave your lives. i do this for the widows and children. many of you beared permanent scars of the war. i do it for you. i received a purple heart through the mail yesterday and a letter. with short excerpts. dear ross, i was awarded this purple heart for wounds received during a vietnam ambush in 1968. over the years, it's value to me as 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 that it can serve as a compelling reminder that the hard battle ahead can and must be won. let it also 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, to unite once and for
all our diverse citizenry on 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 squirmin, delaware. thank you. i will keep it with me during the campaign. i understand it is on loan. i'll get it back to you. never forget to everybody listening today, i can't do this job without your continued support. one person is nothing in a task this large. if millions of you will come together, we can do anything. there is nothing we can't do. it's up to you, it's up to all of us. i promise you, i will give it everything i have. but the final results are in your hands because you own this country and you are the voters. i look forward to presenting these issues day after day to the american people. i would like to thank the american people by choosing me as your candidate, you have given me the highest honor i
could ever receive. and in closing, let me say this. i love this country. i love the american people. i love the principles on which this country was founded. and i don't like to see those principles violated and there are millions of folks out there just like me that are sick and tired of it. i'm totally committed to serving you. god bless you all. thank you for this honor. and now, i would like to introduce jim stockdale, our vice presidential candidate and his wife sible. jim stockdale is a heroes hero. he is a recipient of the medal of honor and a scholar, a retired admiral. he 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 him for it. the ultimate compliment. he is a man of steel. he has been hammered on the forth of brutality. and was able to reach outside of himself to provide strength to others. i can't tell you how many p.o.w. told me when they came home they would not be alive if it had not been for jim stockdale. he gave them the courage to continue to go forward and live. now that is leadership, that's the kind of person that built our country. we're very fortunate to have a man of his quality to service. and let me tell you about sybil. she's one of the great women in our country. when the brutality and neglect, sibbel and a handful of dedicated wives and mothers were out there trying to do something so their husbands to survive this war. and she finally broke through. she got our government to change the policies from not saying anything about it, to
embarrassing north korea to more men would survive the ordeal. there are few women during the period of my life of 62 years who have shown more strength, more courage and more commitment and more dedication who have been more brutally tested than mrs. stockdale. and as a combination, as two pieces of steel. it is my privilege to introduce jim stockdale and his great wife sybil. [ applause ] >> sibbel and i are in our 46th year of marriage and we have four sons and five grandchildren and another on the way. the love of my life. saved my life once, if you ever read the book we wrote. it's my honor to be my old 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 in outlook and manner so this role gives me added satisfaction. ross perot, extraordinary man. a word used in a popular biographical article on ross by his recent director of communication jim squires, this is on the newsstands now -- a good man, a selfless man. these adjectives come from the heart. sibbel has known him for 23-plus years and ever since i got off the plane from hanoi in 1973. the toast of american modern-age technology and entrepreneurship, a public education authority, on stanford campus yesterday i was stopped by the chairman of the education department and that department does not train teachers so much as they are into the theory of education and
he said, you're having quite a life. i've been there 12 years. i know faculty well. he said, you know, i've read the reports of mr. perot's work both in his preschool experience in 1968 and the work with the high schools later. and he said, he really has some original approaches. he said, it's not a teacher-bashing operation. he sat there for four months in those classrooms and asked questions and talked to the students and the teachers before he made any moves. he's a benefactor of the poor. perhaps in a -- in a story 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 in new york every january and ask the question, okay, how far short are you this year? and the guardian of the american fighting man.
he put our plight in hanoi on page one in the world. and today gulf war veterans thank him for the sponsorship of the private hospitalization and wounds too extensive for normal v.a. care. so for me, this is a grand 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 philosophy eftitus. he ip spire inspires people with rough jobs, like ross and i starting this campaign as underdogs. and i looked for the quote that would give me power in this clutch and i settled for this. a life not put to the test, is not worth living. and i thank providence for this life, with all its trials, and for this opportunity. when i wrote this article right
here, sybil and i got on the plane in san francisco this morning and when we got off it, the pilot somehow found out who we were. and he came to the door and he just stuck out his hand and he said i want to thank you -- he was the captain of the plane. a man in his 40s, any way. i want to thank you for everything you did out there in hanoi. and suspect you flew over there. and he said no, the gulf war was my war. and before we got off he grabbed me and said tell ross, i'm going to vote for him. they're all over the country, folks. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> and we'll turn the podium over to arsen signal. our national coordinator. >> mr. perot? >> mr. perot?
>> i want to get my family safely out of here. i got that taken care of. now -- just before everybody starts yelling at once, i can't see you at all because it is so dark. but i'll try. >> tell us the kind of campaign you'll run. mr. swindle there is a heavy emphasis on media and television. >> it is on the issues. >> does this mean you will not be traveling around the country will you just be on tv? give us an idea. >> assume you own a basketball team. >> would expect to you ask me for my strategy but would you expect me to give you the strategy. we won't lay out the strategy for you. it is unconventional, i'll tell you that. but i don't want to cut you off, but it doesn't make any sense for us to lay out our strategy. >> will this be a strategy to highlight our issues or to win and if so how do you do that with just over a month to go in
the election. >> we will win by highlighting our issues. >> are you campaigning or just doing commercials. >> now you are getting into our strategy. and i just feel it is not wise to tell you. i think -- just -- nobody would tell his opponents the strategy in any sort of confrontation and i don't think we should. [ overlapping speakers ] >> you're not going to tell us what your campaign plans are. will you tell us when you're going to appear and when? >> we will not reveal our strategy. we'll have it unfold day after day. here is the one thing you can bet on, it is going to be serious and it is going to focus on the issues. and that's going to be -- but then exactly how we run a serious campaign focusing on the issues, that will unfold day after day.
>> the plan, was it crafted by a former adviser to president carter whose stewardship of the economy was not widely praised? it. >> now, if no one else will yell, try that again. because i got part of it. >> why should america put its trust in an economic plan crafted largely by a carter administration official? >> number one, 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 that plan. was deeply involved in it myself and a very talented team made up of a number of people participated. but and so, again, your question is -- has a bad premise. >> and the gas tax, the increase tax and the social security benefits and this all revolved
around the middle class and the rich don't participate as much as the middle class. >> you expect your opponents to distort and -- and i wouldn't dignify that answer with a comment. i know exactly who and where that comes from. he said it so many times -- >> i will at the proper time. but the point is, does everybody here -- >> mr. perot, could you explain what interest it is in the average american to have his or her gasoline bill go up an average of $300 a year to solve the deficit when richer americans will not have to undergo that similar type of burden. could you explain why it is in their interest. that is a simple question, sir. >> if you look at the cost of gasoline around the world, in italy it is up to $5 a gallon and most of the other industrial competitive nations it is up to $4 a gallon. mostly the cost is the same roughly 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 ten cents a gallon over five years put us still way at the bottom of the industrialized world and infrastructure 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 at what germany is spending to improve its infrastructure and what japan is spending to improve its infrastructure, little taiwan is looking to improve its infrastructure and here nobody could afford to buy a car let alone gasoline. we have to do that sort of thing now. >> you talked about -- >> i'm here today to announce and have a positive, good time. and i mean, everything here is the usual hostile, negative and yelling and screaming. i'll take two more. [ overlapping speakers ]
>> you said when you dropped out of the race, you were making a rational decision. >> i can't hear anybody. >> mr. perot? >> mr. perot, you talked about young people and that you're interested in young people in your campaign. many young people in this country are very apathetic when it comes to voting, how can your role in this campaign change that? >> well, i certainly want to get them to participate and based on the number of young people who have contacted me and come to see me and in some cases driven across the country to come see me, my sense is they're going to be very active this year. and i think it is terribly important that they be active. more and more, particularly once they finish school, finish high school and can't get a job. finish college and can't get a job. get a master's degree and can't get a job and an mba from a big
name big 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. and as all you question why we have to have fair shared sacrifice across this country, please recognize, it is because we spent our children's money. and please understand, won't it be neat if we were $4 trillion down but everything was perfect. they would say, well we're $4 trillion in debt but we have the industrial base for the world and the finest schools and we've got no crime and we have alabaster cities on agreement with human tears and unfortunately with the bottom of the world in public education and most crime in the industrialized world our cities are in decay, and our public schools rank at the bottom of the industrialized world and we owe $4 trillion. this is going to be a tough pull to fix it. now, why am i so blunt about it and nobody else is? because the american people are ready to address it and fix it and both oe