PEROT WINS REFORM PARTY'S NOMINATION.Byline: Katie Fairbank Assoicated Press
Reform Party members chose Ross Perot H. Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is an American businessman from Texas, who is best known for seeking the office of President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962 and later sold the company to General Motors and founded Perot to be their first-ever presidential candidate, opting for the third-party's founder over challenger Richard Lamm Richard Douglas "Dick" Lamm is an American politician and lawyer. He served three terms as Governor of Colorado as a Democrat (1975–1987) and ran for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in 1996. , it was announced Saturday.
The results, announced by party chairman Russ Verney, showed that Perot received 32,145 votes, or 65 percent, and Lamm received 17,121 votes, or 35 percent.
Perot has spent millions building the new third party, which is on ballots in some form in 40 states. He is expected to accept the nomination this evening.
Opponent Lamm, a former Colorado governor, knew he would have difficulty winning against the Texas billionaire, who has bankrolled the fledgling party.
Lamm had given himself a one-in-three chance of beating Perot, and complained that he was put at a disadvantage throughout the primary. He said that in the voting process, some voters did not receive ballots, while others received multiple ballots - raising questions about the validity of the results.
But he supports the reform movement. ``I think that right here in Valley Forge Valley Forge, on the Schuylkill River, SE Pa., NW of Philadelphia. There, during the American Revolution, the main camp of the Continental Army was established (Dec., 1777–June, 1778) under the command of Gen. George Washington. we're bringing together a group of people where we're going to grow the reform movement to keep those other two parties honest, or make them honest again, I hope,'' Lamm said in an interview with AP Network News before the results were announced.
``It's a wonderful life either way,'' he said when asked what he would do if he lost.
This is not Perot's first run for the presidency. In 1992, he ran as an independent, garnering 19 percent of the popular vote. Perot will be facing an uphill battle Uphill Battle was an metalcore band with elements of grindcore and noisecore. The group was based out of Santa Barbara, California, USA. History
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Verney said that when the Texan has talked to the country in the past, people have responded.
``He is capable of raising the numbers. Over the last four years Mr. Perot has not been promoting himself,'' Verney said.
Perot will begin campaigning soon after Labor Day Labor Day, holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September to honor the laborer. It was inaugurated by the Knights of Labor in 1882 and made a national holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1894. .
The Reform Party has been negotiating for 30-minute blocks of time on all four major television networks. The broadcasts will run about once a week through November, Verney said.
Fund-raising efforts also will begin soon, he said.
The amounts needed to fund a campaign will be determined by whether Perot decides to accept $30 million in matching funds Noun 1. matching funds - funds that will be supplied in an amount matching the funds available from other sources
cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource - assets in the form of money from the Federal Election Commission. He qualifies for the money because of his showing in 1992.
If he does accept the FEC's matching funds, he'll be restricted to using only $50,000 of his own money.
Regardless, the fund raising will go forward, Verney said.
``You still want people to take ownership for the party and its future,'' Verney said.
The Reform Party named its candidate three days after the Republicans nominated Bob Dole at a traditional political convention in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. . The Democrats will convene in Chicago on Aug. 26 to nominate President Clinton for a second term.
Anything but a traditional political convention, the Reform Party meeting had no roll call of the states with each declaring its preference for ``the next president of the United States The head of the Executive Branch, one of the three branches of the federal government.
The U.S. Constitution sets relatively strict requirements about who may serve as president and for how long. .'' Members of the third party made their choices by mail, telephone and e-mail.
Lamm arrived at Valley Forge hours before the results were to be made public. Perot planned to arrive today in time for a rally, at which the nominee was to give his acceptance speech. About 1,500 members of the newborn third party traveled to the historic area to hear the announcement of the group's first-ever presidential candidate.
NAME:Henry Ross Captain Henry Ross (1829 - 5 December, 1854) was a Canadian gold miner at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, and was known on the goldfields as the 'bridegroom' of the miners flag, the Southern Cross, the Eureka Flag. Perot.
AGE: 66. Born June 27, 1930, in Texarkana, Texas Texarkana, Texas is a municipal designation in Bowie County, Texas, United States which forms the western half of Texarkana. It is separated from Texarkana, Arkansas, by State Line Avenue. .
EDUCATION: Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, 1953.
MILITARY: U.S. Navy, 1953-1957.
EXPERIENCE: IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) data processing salesman, 1957-62. Founder of Electronic Data Systems, 1962. Chairman of EDS (Electronic Data Systems, Plano, TX, www.eds.com) Founded in 1962 by H. Ross Perot (independent candidate for the President of the U.S. in 1992), EDS is the largest outsourcing and data processing services organization in the country. , 1962-84. Founder, Perot Systems Corp., 1988. Ran for president as an Independent candidate in 1992, got 19 percent of the popular vote. Book author: ``Not for Sale at Any Price,'' 1993; ``The Dollar Crisis: A Blueprint to Help Rebuild the American Dream,'' with Sen. Paul Simon, 1996.
FAMILY: Married Margot Birmingham in 1956. Five children.
HOBBIES: Horseback riding, speed boating, wind surfing, jogging. Collector of personal mementos, Remington bronzes and paintings, and Norman Rockwell paintings.
QUOTE: ``I will continue to do . . . whatever it takes to leave a better country for my children and grandchildren. If anybody should do it, I should do it, and I will do it, and I'm in a unique position to do it.''
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