Ross Perot, a former presidential hopeful and Texas businessman, endorsed Mitt Romney in a Des Moines Register op-ed on Tuesday.
Perot, who ran as an independent candidate against Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in 1992, has been a longtime advocate for reducing the national debt through decreased spending. He argues that Romney is the better candidate to accomplish that goal.
“We can’t afford four more years in which debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows and our military is weakened,” Perot writes. “For the past four years, we have squandered one opportunity after the next to turn things around. The longer we delay acting, the steeper the price we will have to pay.”
Perot writes that Romney balanced the budget of Massachusetts as governor without raising taxes, even with a Democratic legislature—a fact that Perot says “deserves to be shouted from the rooftops.”
“As a president, he would do what this administration has been unable to do, which is reform our federal government, pare it back, and — most critically — keep it from acting as a brake on economic growth,” he writes.
On Sunday, the Obama campaign touted endorsements from the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Winston-Salem Journal.