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Ross Perot on Meet the Press 10/4/98

Posted on: June 04, 2008
Written by: UWSA Staff

Ross Perot on NBC' Meet The Press October 4 1998



MR. RUSSERT: We're back. Ross Perot, welcome back to MEET THE PRESS.

MR. PEROT: Thank you.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me show you and our viewers something you had to say just one week ago about the president.

(Videotape, September 26):

MR. PEROT: "Ross, are you saying this man has low morals and ethics?" No, I'm saying he has no morals and ethics. And I'm saying--watch my lips--the president is mentally and emotionally unstable.

(End videotape):

MR. RUSSERT: Those are very strong words, Mr. Perot. Mentally and emotionally unstable? What do you base that on?

MR. PEROT: Well, there's all the evidence in the world. The human brain controls your whole body, everything you do. When you're a child and you start out in life, you have to be taught what's right and wrong. Typically you either got a spanking or you had to stand in the corner. Your parents told you, but your brain got programmed to tell the truth, so on and so forth.

Now, for some reason, even as an adult, again and again and again this man will devastate his family, he will ruin the lives of women, and do other things that show that the part of his brain that involves integrity and sense of responsibility and duty and honor is erratic. Now, as commander in chief of our armed forces, that's not acceptable.

We're now talking about the possibility of starting a bombing and here we have a man in the White House who doesn't have the ability to tell the truth and represent the honor, integrity that we expect of every member of our armed forces. And if they don't maintain that standard, they get court-martialed. He tries to get away with it. He's the commander in chief. He's got to lead by example. He's unfit to be in the office. And let me tell you this, the American people are outraged. And this sense in Washington that they're not is incorrect.

MR. RUSSERT: I had a chance, Mr. Perot, to ask James Carville what he thought of your comments. Let me play those and get your reaction to Mr. Carville.

MR. PEROT: Not worth the time but go ahead.

(Videotape, September 27):

MR. CARVILLE: One thing about Perot, he's a man that would sure to be able to recognize mental and emotional instability. I wouldn't pay much attention to what he said. He's about a half a quart low, to tell you the truth.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: That's one of the president's closest friends, Mr. Perot.

MR. PEROT: Now, let's just stop right there. Did you ever think you'd have a president that would employ a man like Carville and did you ever think that you would have a president who would have an attack team not to destroy but to destroy and shred anybody that gets in his way. And I find it also interesting that that man can even get a voice to the American people, because that is so disgusting and that, again, shows you that the president likes to manipulate people and everything that has to do with honor or integrity is missing.

Now, let's talk about me being a half quart low. That's a nice compliment because he's talking about oil. When you talk about a half quart low down here in Texas and Louisiana, that means I've got a half quart low in my oil tank. I am honored that he thinks I am less oily than he or the president of the United States. So I have no problem with that one.

MR. RUSSERT: Many...

MR. PEROT: Let's go back to the real stuff here. The real stuff is the American people are angry. Within 24 hours after we first talked about letting people organize at the grass-roots level and fill out petitions, two and a half million people had tried to enter the Web site. Isn't that interesting? Now, all the people have to do across this country who share my belief that we need a man of honesty and integrity in the White House and a man who would never devastate his family repeatedly--see, he can't learn from these experiences. That's why he's mentally and emotionally unstable.

All you've got to do is go to your computer and go to and you'll get a copy of the petition and you can fill out a survey. We've had over two and a half million people try to get into the Web, over 300,000 have made it so far. And you should see the results of the survey. It is brutal. Let me say this. The American people are angry. The American people feel he's unfit to be president.

Let me just give you one question on the survey. Would you want your daughter to work in the Clinton White House? No, 94.7 percent. And that's kind of where it stays across the board in the seven questions.

MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Perot, even your critics would say that you are a patriot, and I want to show you something you said in your speech and get your reaction to it because the language is quite striking. Let me play it for you.

(Videotape, September 26):

MR. PEROT: Now, then have there been any other world leaders that had these same mental defects? Yes. People so driven for power, they would do anything to keep it. Hitler had it. Stalin had it. Saddam Hussein has it. Castro's got it, just to mention a few. Now, surely we can do better than that in the good old U.S.A.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Is it fair and appropriate to compare Bill Clinton to Adolph Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro?

MR. PEROT: In their lust for power, absolutely. This man will let this country rot. He will let the economy go into an international decline. He will devastate millions of people, and if necessary, he'll start a little war just to get a bump in the polls, and that is a lust for power. Now, he is exactly in the arena with those guys. And I limit it to lust for power.

MR. RUSSERT: I understand.

MR. PEROT: But when you're willing to devastate the country and the people of the country so that you can stay in power--the old saying is power is wonderful and absolute power is absolutely wonderful--he's addicted to that.

MR. RUSSERT: Let me show you another comment you made on CNN and get your reaction to it and any supporting evidence you might have. "We have got erratic behavior by the president. Either he's got mental troubles or he does something like take drugs to spin him out from time to time." Do you believe President Clinton uses drugs?

MR. PEROT: Well, there's no question he has used drugs, is it?

MR. RUSSERT: And he's taking them now while...

MR. PEROT: Wait, wait, wait. Let's start, there's no question he has used drugs. My question, and I ask it very directly--see, these little excerpts don't tell the whole picture. I asked him to make his medical records public so that the American people could know if he had ever used drugs, if he had ever been in drug treatment, etc., etc., etc., because there are rumors all over Arkansas that he has. I don't know if they're true or not. But I can tell you this: A man that would normally function rationally, if you get him high on cocaine, will act like Clinton acts when he's not functioning rationally. And I know that because I spent a lot of time in the war on drugs in Texas. I spent a lot of time talking to people who are addicted to cocaine, and when they were high on cocaine, they would do things as stupid as he did in the White House.

Now, just think about it, Tim. The White House is our house. If you own it, I own it. If somebody came into your house and behaved like that, I would not want to be able to--you probably couldn't put on television what your reaction would be.

MR. RUSSERT: But wouldn't Ken Starr know if the president had been using drugs?

MR. PEROT: No, he wouldn't have a clue. I'm just saying either your brain doesn't work right and you've got mental defects or you've got this compulsion for women that's so strong that, even though it devastates your family, even though it's devastated you again and again and again, you just can't put it away.

MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Perot...

MR. PEROT: Now, if you get high on some narcotic, your brain does malfunction that way, and if his brain's working all right, he's taking something from time to time to spin him out and that's terrible.

MR. RUSSERT: If the president refuses to resign, should he be impeached?

MR. PEROT: I think that--no question we've got to get him out of there because he is damaging the country, he is totally unfit to be our commander in chief. You would not let that man send your son or daughter into combat. You would not let that man get near the nuclear button. Anybody dumb enough to be talking to a congressman to get his vote on whether or not to bomb, while he's having a fling in mid-flight with Monica in the White House--now if he really cared about the American people like he said, when a young woman like Monica Lewinsky approached him as an intern, he would have had her out of there that day. She would have been out of the job, and he would have called her parents and said, "Look, your daughter has got a problem." Instead, he took advantage of her. MR. RUSSERT: Ross Perot, we thank you very much for joining us on this Sunday morning.

MR. PEROT: Tim, thank you.

MR. RUSSERT: We have to take a quick break. We'll be right back with more of MEET THE PRESS, right after this.