Perot's veep

September 15, 1996

ROSS PEROT'S failure to find a mainstream politician willing to be his vice presidential running mate on the Reform Party ticket shows the difficulty of bucking the two-party system. In turning to economist Pat Choate, who shares Mr. Perot's opposition to free trade and his desire to reform Social Security and other budget-busting entitlement programs, he keeps his intellectual position alive.

This may not get the Texas billionaire to the double digits he enjoyed in 1992. But if he wins what is rightly his -- a place for himself and Mr. Choate in presidential and vice-presidential debates -- he can confront issues Bill Clinton and Bob Dole would rather avoid.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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