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Perot Endorses Little Bush

Thursday, 02 November 2000 12:00 AM

Perot, the founder of the Reform Party who opposed Bush's father in 1992, said Bush has more integrity than Gore.

The most important job in the world is president of the United States. Now, we have to have a person with the maturity, with the character, the integrity, the judgment, and the discipline to do that job. We are down to two. We are going to have – in the real world, one or the other will get this job.

Now, tonight, I would like to talk to all of the young people in this country, because your lives are in front of you, and it's very important for you to understand that we need to have people who reflect honor and integrity on that office. We need to have people who are going to tell the truth when they're in the office, that will take responsibility. And we need to have somebody that you would be willing to send – have you go into combat when he gave the order. All of you that are eligible to vote that are young have an enormous obligation to cast an informed vote. ...

I want the parents and grandparents who are dedicated to leaving a better world for their children to look very carefully and objectively – forget all the propaganda, all the stuff that goes on, and focus on the real issues of what we have to do. And the most important thing our president has to do as commander in chief is protect and defend this great country, and to be a responsible force for balance and avoiding wars throughout the world.

Now, when I did all of that studying and analysis, I concluded that Governor George Bush, based on his record in Texas – here is a man that I have never heard anybody criticize once for improper conduct as governor, for improper taking of political funds, for payoffs, for impropriety in the governor's mansion or at any time. And that is a big state. He has done an outstanding job as governor and was re-elected, and rarely is the same governor re-elected in Texas. So, that was a tremendous compliment to him in Texas.

Looking at both of the candidates, I have concluded, because he has demonstrated the ability to be a person who knows how to administer and govern and have the responsibilities at the state level that the president has at the national level.

Well, it occurred in – he – you know, at this point, I hope he won't – unlike the person in the White House tonight, that person would give a thousand glib excuses and everybody would think it was a wonderful experience that they had when he finished. And the kind of person I'd like to see in the White House, said it was a mistake.

... Thirty-four years ago! Now, let's look at what happened as the Gulf War was starting. And Senator Gore was deciding which way to vote, of whether or not to send men into combat.

... This is a story that is on the wires. The press doesn't talk about it. And I want to know why. Because Gore went to the Republicans and said, I can't decide which way I'm going to vote, to send men or not send men into war. But I want to know is how much time you will give me. And will you give me prime time on the floor to express my view? And he negotiated again and again. And Alan Simpson and Bob Dole are the ones that have told this story. And he finally got exactly what he wanted, and he voted to send men into combat.

Oh, I'm sorry you brought that up. Wait, no, we are staying on it. Because you all won't print it. Gore was not in combat. Gore was a reporter, quote, Gore was never on the front lines.

... Stay with me. He claims he was on the front lines but he wasn't. He had a bodyguard. How's that for a private? And after five months, less than five months, he came back home. Wow, you'd normally do 12 to 13 months on a tour in Vietnam. But this was a senator's boy. And guess how he got out? He came back home to be a minister and started in Vanderbilt and then a few months later dropped out. Is this what you want in the White House, Larry? If that is what the American people want ...

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