Perot Hosts National Strategy Session
DALLAS (AP) _ Ross Perot called in volunteers from across the country for a private strategy session today that could lead to creation of a national advisory committee.
″This is a continuation of Mr. Perot’s method to gather input″ for his independent presidential campaign, said Tom Luce, chairman of the effort.
About 300 people gathered for lunch at a Dallas hotel with Perot and his wife, Margot. Afterward the group was breaking into smaller groups to address issues, ballot access drives, voter registration and other hurdles facing the independent campaign.
The gathering took place as Washington state officials announced that Perot had won a place on the presidential ballot there in November. Officials in Olympia said they verified Monday night that the Perot campaign had gathered the required 200 signatures.
Luce said volunteers had come from 48 states. Those attending the meeting will be joined on the advisory committee by a number of Perot’s friends from Dallas and elsewhere, including actress Katharine Hepburn, former football star O.J. Simpson, former Navy secretary Paul Nitze and Bear Stearns chairman Ace Greenburg.
Later this week, Perot will travel to Lansing, Mich., when volunteers turn in ballot petitions there. On Saturday, Perot will address the presidential council of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Nashville.
Dennis Grondahl, a Williston, N.D., salesman who gathered signatures to put Perot on the ballot, said he was ″ecstatic″ to be asked to join today’s meeting.
″I just want to basically know when this thing is going to officially kick off,″ Grondahl said.