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Congresswoman Declines Perot Proposal To Share Ticket

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DALLAS (AP) -- Ross Perot asked U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur to be vice president on his Reform Party ticket, but the Ohio Democrat declined the offer, sources said Thursday.

Kaptur visited with Perot on July 26 and the Texas billionaire asked her then to fill the vice presidential slot, but the seven-term congresswoman told Perot on Tuesday that she was not interested.

In a statement from Kaptur released by her office Thursday, the lawmaker declined to confirm that Perot had made the offer, but said of reports about it, "Ross Perot and I have been allies on a number of issues and I frequently have conversations with him. I am surprised and honored to be the subject of so much speculation."

"As a daughter of a blue-collar family in Toledo, I have a job that I love, and I feel deeply privileged to serve our people," she said. "It is my hope to continue serving our northwest Ohio community and our state as long as the voters give me the honor to represent them."

Democratic Party officials familiar with Perot's overture to Kaptur, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the report Thursday. The Dallas Morning News first reported the offer.

Kaptur represents a primarily Democratic Toledo district that is home to many auto workers. She spoke at an August 1995 convention in Dallas hosted by Perot and was well received because of her opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is also opposed by Perot.

Perot spokeswoman Sharon Holman said Perot's running mate won't be announced until the Reform Party nominee is selected.

"We will wait and see who the nominee is," she said. "It's typical that Mr. Perot does not comment on any conversations he has."

Perot is running against former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm for the party nomination. Lamm has former Republican congressman Ed Zschau of California as his running mate.

The nominee will be announced sometime Saturday afternoon or evening, said Reform Party national coordinator Russ Verney.

About 1.1 million eligible voters may cast their ballots by mail, computer or telephone. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young is overseeing the Reform Party's voting process.

The party is encouraging members to vote by close of business on Friday. The nominee will be presented to Reform Party members on Sunday in Valley Forge, Pa., where the party is holding the second half of its two-part convention.

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