A letter

("Voting for a third party 'can be detrimental'" -- Oct. 23), claimed that it is "unheard of" for a third party presidential candidate to get on the ballot of all 50 states.

No it isn't. Ross Perot did it in 1992. And in that election, Perot drew a whopping 19 percent of the vote, no doubt permitting Bill Clinton to win the election. So I agree: voting for a third party candidate can be detrimental.

The letter is wrong again when it says that it's "nearly impossible" for a third party candidate to win the presidency. In that election, Perot came quite close actually. Realize in June of that year, national public opinion polls had Perot (39 percent) leading Bush (31 percent) and Clinton (25 percent).

Perot basically sabotaged his own campaign, however, by dropping out of the race for several weeks, claiming, without evidence, that his withdrawal was prompted by GOP operatives trying to disrupt his daughter's wedding.

So even with this bizarre behavior, Ross Perot still made a forceful impact in the 1992 election. From this, one has to conclude that it was far from being impossible for Perot to have won.

Peter Skurkiss, Stow