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Perot admires tea party

The man at the center of another grassroots down-with-Washington movement is keeping his distance from the latest one. That said, billionaire Ross Perot suggested Tuesday that he likes what he sees from the tea party. "Time will tell how effective it is," Perot said in Kansas City, Mo. "Just as a layman looking at it from afar, it seems to me they are pretty well organized and getting the crowd." Perot's warnings about federal deficit spending and the "giant sucking sound" of U.S. jobs going to Mexico resonated with so many Americans in the early 1990s that he won nearly 19 percent of the popular vote in the 1992 presidential election. "If we could have gotten people to listen then, we wouldn't have dug the hole as deep as it is now. It's done now and we've got to fix it," said the 79-year-old Texan.