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        Ross Perot | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        Texas billionaire Ross Perot jumped into the presidential race on an episode of CNN’s “Larry King Live” in 1992, during which his no-nonsense challenge to the two main parties stole the show. In the end, Perot was able to win 19 percent of the vote, marking one of the most successful third-party runs in United States history.

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        Ross Perot: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and learn about how Ross Perot launched his campaign on a lark during a charming interview on Larry King Live.

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        Ross Perot: Computer Tycoon

        Learn more about Ross Perot's origins in the tech industry in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Ross Perot: Perot and the Third Party

        Learn more about how, for the first time ever, a third party gained so much traction in the United States, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Ross Perot: Perot and the Election

        Learn about how Perot's involvement in the 1992 election drastically changed American politics.

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        Ross Perot: Episode

        Campaigning on a platform of reducing the national debt and protecting American jobs from foreign competition, Perot entered the race against incumbent Republican president George H.W. Bush and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, and began soaring in the polls.

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