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Sunday, February 19, 2012

David Walker: Another Ross Perot?

Joe:  is David Walker a potential Ross Perot? I never heard of him until this morning. See A Ross Perot type in this election I think could get some good traction, particularly if he stays focused on Tea Party issue – crazy government spending by both parties. This is the one area Ron Paul has credibility, his libertarian ideology, which I generally like is a strong negative in foreign policy. Mitt is getting tepid support, hearts are with Newt but the brain says grenade in my hand ready to explode, I like Santorum the best so far but I’m not convinced. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of Tom Friedman, and if he’s endorsing Walker I’m thinking liberal. -Bob
David Walker stirs the pot
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 2/19/12 1:44 PM EST
David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general who has carved out a place of some national prominence as a spokesman on deficit- and debt-related issues, puts out an intriguing statement on the anniversary of Ross Perot's presidential announcement:
"Monday, February 20, 2012, represents the 20th anniversary of Ross Perot's first announced run for president. There are striking comparisons between the state of the country in 1992 and today—and a recognition that, once again, Americans and federal elected officials need to wake up to critical challenges facing our nation. Ross Perot earned the gratitude of both supporters and non-supporters of his candidacy by focusing the national debate on several key issues that might otherwise have been ignored. He offered a direct, fact-based and common sense approach to these issues, along with a call to action to address them. We desperately need this sort of truth-telling today.

"Ross Perot ran on four key issues other than NAFTA – fiscal irresponsibility on the part of both Democrats and Republicans, political dysfunction in Washington, lack of trust in government, and declining confidence in the future.  Today, we are worse off on all four counts.  Therefore, we need another Ross Perot style issue campaign to provide the American people with the facts, the truth, the tough choices, and some sensible solutions to restore fiscal sanity.

"Many people feel an independent candidate cannot ever win the Presidency.  They may or may not be right. But no one can deny that Ross Perot had a major impact in 1992, even though he did not receive a single electoral vote.  His focus on fiscal responsibility made the Presidential debates more substantive, and resulted in President Clinton making fiscal responsibility a top priority for his administration. The result was that great progress was made between 1993 and 2000 in connection with fiscal responsibility and other key challenges facing America. In the years since, all that progress has been lost. It is essential that all of us embrace the huge challenge of our time—just as Ross Perot urged us to do two decades ago—in order to ensure that our collective future will be better than our past."

Walker's name has come up in association with a number of centrist and third-party efforts for 2012, including the anti-partisan group No Labels and the organization Americans Elect, which is mounting a ballot access effort in all 50 states for a yet-to-be-formed independent ticket. And in the same email that contained Walker's statement on Perot, his spokeswoman pointed reporters to a Tom Friedman column floating a third-party 2012 campaign by ... David Walker.

There's reason to be skeptical of Walker's national appeal, but in a year when there's clearly demand for nontraditional voices in the presidential debate, it's notable that he's putting himself forward so deliberately.

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