DALLAS — Reaction to the death of Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot , who died Tuesday at the age of 89:
"Ross Perot was a unique figure in American business and politics who lived a full and fascinating life. Although we were opponents in 1992 and 1996, I respected Ross for his support for our veterans, the business he built, and the passion he brought to his politics. He wanted to do something about the big budget deficit and rising national debt, which kept interest rates too high and took too much of middle-class Americans' income. He was a feisty and effective debater as Al Gore and I can both confirm. We can all be grateful for his enduring patriotism, active citizenship, and devotion to our veterans. Hillary and I send our thoughts and prayers to Margot, their children, and grandchildren." — Former President Bill Clinton.
"Texas and America have lost a strong patriot. Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed. He gave selflessly of his time and resources to help others in our community, across our country, and around the world. He loved the U.S. military and supported our service members and veterans. Most importantly, he loved his dear wife, children, and grandchildren. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Perot family as they celebrate a full life." — Former President George W. Bush.
"Elizabeth and I are saddened to hear of Ross Perot's passing. He was a friend and a man who deeply cared about our nation's men and women in uniform. We send our heartfelt condolences to his beloved family." — Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole.
"Today, I join with millions of Americans in mourning the passing of Ross Perot. He was a dedicated supporter of our military and a fervent defender of our veterans. I had the honor of working with Ross during my time in the Senate as we fought for much needed medical care for our veterans returning home from Operation Desert Storm ... His patriotism, sacrifice and love of country leave a legacy that will stand as an example for generations to come." — Kay Bailey Hutchison, a former U.S. senator who is currently U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
"Ross Perot exemplified what it means to be a Texan and an American. Born into extreme poverty, he rose up to become one our nation's most successful entrepreneurs and an exemplar of the American dream. More importantly, however, Ross Perot was a devoted husband, family man, and servant of God. His charitable work and his support of the United States Military and its veterans will forever be remembered. I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in remembering one of the Lone Star State's greatest sons and keep him and his family in their prayers." — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott