Ross Perot

  • U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump waves after a press availability after signing a pledge with the  Republican National Committee (RNC) at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 3, 2015. Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1QZDH
    September 8, 2015  

    Of the nearly two dozen major candidates running for president, the ones getting the most attention are the political outsiders. Is this a rare situation, or have American voters seen this before? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith and Lara Brown of George Washington University. Continue reading

  • WINDSOR, CANADA - JANUARY 18: A Chrysler Minivan on the assembly line at the Chrysler Windsor Assembly plant January 18, 2011 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Current CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC Sergio Marchionne addressed the media at the plant and spoke of the automaker's future role in the minivan market. (Photo by Fabrizio Costantini/Getty Images)
    February 14, 2014   BY  

    It was 20 years ago this year that Canada, Mexico and the U.S. created the North American Free Trade Agreement. At the time, businessman and presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted a “giant sucking sound” of U.S. jobs heading south into Mexico. The Zapatistas, a Mexican rebel group, labeled NAFTA a “death sentence” to Indian communities all over the country. But the bill went forward. President Bill Clinton signed the agreement into law and said that “NAFTA means jobs, American jobs and good-paying American jobs.” So what does the economic data from these past 20 years tell us? Continue reading

  • October 17, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, the FBI arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi native as part of a sting operation after the man parked a van filled with what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb near the Federal Reserve Building in New York. Federal agents assured the public the explosives in the van were inert. Continue reading

  • September 1, 2011  

    A new C-SPAN series starting this month called “The Contenders” profiles failed presidential candidates who still managed to change political history. Gwen Ifill discusses the presidential race losers with George Mason University’s Richard Norton Smith and’s Carl Cannon. Continue reading

  • A woman walks past a voting sign at Public School 22 on April 19, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Voters went to the polls in New York for the presidential primary election on April 19, 2016. About 126,000 people were taken off the voter rolls and the New York City Board of Elections chief Brooklyn clerk was suspended.  Stephanie Keith/Getty Images
    July 26, 2004    

    The United States is home to more than 54 political parties — 37 of which have had candidates run for the presidency. Continue reading

  • November 3, 1997  

    In a Newsmaker interview, Phil Ponce discusses the Reform Party with Ross Perot. Continue reading