H. Ross Perot: We can’t afford Obama

Come home Independents, H. Ross Perot endorses Mitt Romney via an Op-ed in the Des Moines Register.  This is bigger and better placed than any ordinary endorsement.  As has been pointed out numerous times, the unsustainable debt and crippling deficit under President Obama really touches a nerve in Iowa. And the overwhelming majority of voters (anyone over 30) remembers Ross Perot’s one-man gang attack on Washington and deficit spending at a time when these problems were mole hills compared to today’s mountains. His popularity was so great he received 19% of the popular vote in 1992 based solely on his message of fiscal responsibility. Dropping this endorsement in Iowa could be huge and the message should resonate disproportionately in Colorado, Ohio and Virginia.  This is a big “get” for Romney considering it was only 2 weeks ago that Perot said he wasn’t endorsing anybody:

Our country faces a momentous choice. The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms. That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president. We can’t afford four more years in which debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows and our military is weakened. For the past four years, we have squandered one opportunity after the next to turn things around. The longer we delay acting, the steeper the price we will have to pay.

The American economy is stagnant. Economic growth is insufficient to create enough jobs for a country whose population is growing…At the same time, and not unrelated, is the extraordinary explosion of federal deficits and federal debt. In the last four years during Obama’s presidency, he’s added around $5 trillion to our national debt, more than any previous president…Even as we have engaged in runaway domestic spending, the country has been put on the path to massive cuts in the defense budget. President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense has called the proposed cuts “devastating” to our nation’s security.

It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Mitt Romney. He has spent most of his career in the private sector. He understands how jobs are created. He understands how government can get in the way of that process. As a president, he would do what this administration has been unable to do, which is reform our federal government, pare it back, and — most critically — keep it from acting as a brake on economic growth.


  1. jvnvch
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    I couldn’t agree with these Perot comments more. Now, if all those millions who voted for him in the past will listen to him now, and vote accordingly, we will have a new president next year.

  2. Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    I think this may have more impact than some might think. Perot has really stayed out of things since 1996, but I can remember the waves he made (I voted for him in my first election back in ’96). It’s a well thought out and concise endorsement.

    Over the next few weeks, I believe we’ll have a lot of strong endorsements coming out of the woodworks for Romney, with a few surprises along the way.

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