Perot to repeat broadcast, delays ad on solutions

October 09, 1992|By Susan Baer | Susan Baer,Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- Instead of airing a half-hour campaign commercial tonight that offers his austere solutions to the country's economic woes, independent presidential candidate Ross Perot is rebroadcasting an ad that aired earlier this week and merely outlines the nation's problems.

The second ad, which has already been produced and is expected to showcase Mr. Perot's painful plan for steep tax hikes and deep spending cuts, will be aired some time next week, campaign officials said yesterday.

"Since the program aired on Tuesday night our offices around the country have been overwhelmed with calls from people who wanted to see it but were not able to do so," the Texas billionaire said in a statement yesterday.

"For that reason, we've decided to broadcast it again, to encourage as many Americans as possible to fully understand the nation's critical economic problems. Then in subsequent programs, we'll talk about solutions to those problems."

The first segment, which drew 16.5 million viewers Tuesda night, savages Reagan-Bush economics.

A campaign spokeswoman denied yesterday that Mr. Perot, who is to participate in the presidential debate Sunday night, wanted rerun this attack just before the first debate and save the rest of his message, that could make him a less popular figure, for later.

"We haven't even thought of that," said April Cotton.

But while Mr. Perot has always been eager to lay out the problems with the nation's "economic engine," he often dodges chances to discuss his own solutions.

Before a nationwide audience Monday morning on the "Today" show, he declined an invitation to stay on a few minutes more to discuss his plan.

Generally, instead of talking specifics, he holds up his paperback book, "United We Stand," which outlines his economic prescriptions, and says "Read the book."

Included in his plan are increases in taxes on Social Security benefits, a 50-cent a gallon gas tax hike over five years, an increase in the top income tax rate, higher Medicare premiums and a number of other proposals that would call for sacrifices.

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