THIRD WHEEL: Ross Perot, the Reform Party candidate, does not include science as one of the high-priority issues that must be addressed by the country's next president.
H. Ross Perot, the Texas billionaire and Reform Party candidate who is making a second straight run for the presidency, declines to provide a specific position on science and technology.

In a faxed response to a request from The Scientist, the Perot campaign writes: "Our nation faces many challenges as we prepare for the 21st century. Ross Perot is dedicated to solving every problem, but there are several fundamental issues that face all Americans and must take priority."

According to the statement, the issues Perot intends to take on include balancing the budget, passing a balanced-budget amendment, "paying down" the country's $5.1 trillion debt, producing "a simpler and fairer tax system," reforming Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, campaign finance, and lobbying, reducing...

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