Ann’s Plans

Johnson, Bentsen, Connally, Bush, Perot . . . Will Ann Richards be the next Texan to run for president?
Richards says she hasn’t set her sights on the presidency, but she taps into the same voter frustration as Perot.
Photograph by Theo Rudnak

In the first half of 1992, Ross Perot was not the only Texas figure to blossom as a presidential possibility. Ann Richards hit the big time too. After her joke-a-minute speech last January to about two hundred congressional Democrats and their staffers at a retreat in the piney woods of Maryland, many in the crowd rose to their feet, waving napkins and chanting, “We want Ann” and “Ann for president.” The speech, carried live on C-SPAN, so entranced comedian Bill Cosby that he telephoned

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