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  • #TBT: Remembering the Ross Perot of 1992

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In a doomed Independent presidential bid that Republicans cursed all the way to second place, Texas businessman Ross Perot garnered a whopping 19.8 percent of the vote during a 1992 run that added to his folk hero status in the form of late-night mockery and op-ed reproach that labelled the billionaire as everything from "short tempered" to "authoritarian." Sound familiar? Although his presence of character casts similarities with Donald Trump's, his run itself is more akin to Libertarian Gary Johnson who is polling in the double-digits nationwide as a third-party option alternative to both Trump and Hillary Clinton. The billionaire largely self-financed his campaign while also garnering grassroots support as he attempted to usurp a Washington office that many people were unhappy with. His "iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners persona and anti-politics politics" approach even had him in first place in Texas and California at one point early in the race, putting the Bush and Clinton camps both at unease. Yes, we are still talking about 1992. So in case you were wondering what all the fuss was about, here's a Throwback Thursday that lends a little insight:

1. Those charts!

Just a couple of years before Windows 95 would change business presentations forever, there were rulers and charts. Watch as Perot takes a paternal approach to viewers who might think the U.S. trade relations were poor, due to "bad deals": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPIVI0CbCmg

2. Nickelodeon does Perot

Before Amanda Bynes starred in "What a Girl Wants" she was a mainstay alongside Kenan & Kel on the kids' late-night comedy program "All That," where her skit depicting Perot was just downright glorious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy99PEZclrc

3. Great, or 'greatest' political ad of the '90s?

Not unlike a brash billionaire currently in the running, Perot preferred the free press of appearing on talk show circuits and newscasts for airtime over spending his hard-won cash on expensive political advertising. However, some still exist, and they are mighty awesome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJmaaX_7uhg

4. Riveting '90s journalism

For added nostalgia, play from the beginning for the Adam Sandler bit and a Dallas Cowboys team that was actually championship material. "There was a computer, that created, a false pho-to of my daughter!" Egads! Technology those days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPlbWMxjj9M

5. Jim Carrey and ...those ears

Is there anything more '90s than "In Living Color"? Fabulous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGMEbTZkIZE * * * Briefing is powered by GateHouse Media's Center for News & Design. Visit our website at http://elections.gatehousemedia.com/ghm/todaystopics, or follow us on Twitter at @briefing_2016 and on Facebook at facebook.com/briefing2016.
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