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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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The Election of 1992: Perot and POWs

3/11/92

Amb. Quinn recounts the election year of 1992 that pitted candidates George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot in a historical presidential race. Perot, who was running as a third-party candidate, had gained attention for previously traveling to Vietnam as the Presidential Emissary on POWs in the late 1980s. But Perot had been mistaken and was never officially appointed by then President Ronald Reagan to act on behalf of the United States. This caused chaos in the White House as they scrambled to find a way to correct this mix-up. George H.W. Bush, who was serving as Reagan’s Vice President at the time, came up with the idea to appoint noted WWII hero and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Vessey as the official emissary. After this had transpired, Perot felt as though he had been undermined by Bush personally. As Amb. Quinn continues, he details how this would help set in motion the events of the 1992 election. 

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