To the editor:

Although it has been generally perceived the past 40 years that big money buys the presidency, extremely wealthy candidates have not had much luck in making a race for the White House. Granted, no poor man has been elected to the White House in modern times. Harry S. Truman, who left an estate of $600,000 when he died in 1972, was probably the “poorest man” in the last 100 years to occupy the White House.

Ross Perot tried twice for the presidency and spent millions of his own money. Although he did well for an independent or third party candidate, he was not able to carry a single state in the general elections of 1992 and 1996 and finished second among three candidates in only two states, Maine and Utah.

Steve Forbes tried twice for the White House also. He sought the Republican nomination in both 1996 and 2000. He was able to win a few primaries in the former, but dropped out early on in the latter. John McCain and John Kerry both had very wealthy wives, but their wealth could not win them to the keys to the doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Now, Donald Trump is flirting with the idea of running for president. Trump is one of the richest men in America. If history is any indication of success with rich men running for president, then Trump will go the way of Perot, Forbes, McCain and Kerry.