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PEROT MUM ON PLANS FOR '96 RACE

Ross Perot says he is not ready to say whether he will run for president in 1996.

"We will wait," Perot said Tuesday when asked at a National Press Club luncheon whether he planned to mount a second White House campaign. "I want to give the Republicans and the Democrats a chance to do the job. We want them to stand and deliver. We don't have any personal goals."Until we get campaign finance reform, the odds that a third party will exist will be fairly high," said Perot, who received 19 percent of the vote as an independent candidate in 1992.

Perot said it was reckless for the two political parties to advocate tax cuts when the national debt is more than $4 trillion.

"This is nothing more than free candy to entice your vote for the 1996 election," Perot said.

And he said both parties, because of the political risks, were ignoring coming financial crises in the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs.