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CNN Senior Political Contributor
A grass-roots movement is growing across this country, and like the Ross Perot movement of 18 years ago, it will turn the political landscape upside down, with the consequences being felt long afterwards.
Warning signs should be posted on the streets surrounding our nation's Capitol: "Endangered Species! Incumbents beware!"
In late May of 1992, I signed on as the co-chairman and day-to-day campaign manager of the Perot for President effort.
For months prior to my decision, I had been watching with fascination the growing coast-to-coast, grass-roots movement and the disconnect between it and the Washington political establishment. Millions of Americans had a growing disdain for both political parties and felt those representing them in Congress and the man in the White House, George H.W. Bush, didn't relate to their ordinary lives.
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