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Perot blasts McCain, endorses Romney
« on: January 28, 2008, 06:54:18 AM »

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Perot blasts McCain, endorses Romney  He says senator is 'classic opportunist,' hungry for glory
09:29 PM CST on Thursday, January 17, 2008By GROMER JEFFERS JR.  /  The Dallas Morning News
     Dallas billionaire H. RossPerot has weighed into the GOP presidential contest with a stinging rebuke of John McCain and an endorsement of Mitt Romney.
       Mr. Perot told Newsweek magazine that Mr. McCain "is the classic opportunist" who is always reaching for "attention and glory."  "Other POWs won't even sit at the same table with him," the article  quoted Mr. Perot as saying.     
       Mr. McCain could not be reached for comment Thursday, and his campaign didn't return telephone calls.     
       But the Arizona senator for years has denied the claims Mr. Perot made in the Newsweek story.     
Mr. Perot and Mr. McCain have often clashed. Their relationship goes back to when Mr. McCain was a POW in Hanoi.
       Mr. Perot told Newsweek that at one point he took care of Mr. McCain's family after Mr. McCain's former wife was in a serious car accident.
 "After he came home, he walked with a limp, she [Carol McCain] walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona [Cindy McCain, his current wife], and the rest is history," Mr. Perot said.
       He wasn't finished with his criticism.     
He carries a grudge against Mr. McCain because he says Mr. McCain ignored evidence that live POWs were left behind in Vietnam. Mr. Perot told Newsweek that some were transferred to the Soviet Union for human experimentation, a charge Mr. Perot says he heard from a senior Vietnamese official in the 1980s.
 "There's evidence, evidence, evidence," he says in the article. "McCain was adamant about shutting down anything to do with recovering POWs."
Mr. McCain has said the theory that there were live POWs was a hoax,and he oversaw a congressional hearing on the matter.
       That's not good enough for Mr. Perot. He said he would vote for Mr. Romney in the GOP primary.     
"When I went to the Naval Academy and met my first Mormons, I asked why so many were excellent officers," Mr. Perot says in the article. "I learned it was because of their strong family unit."
 A Romney campaign representative said Thursday the campaign was unaware of Mr. Perot's support but welcomed it.   
    "Hey, hey, hey, hey now.  Don't be mean.  We don't have to be mean. because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are."      - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across The Eighth Dimension