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  Group forms to back Rep. Pence for GOP presidential run
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jan 17, 2011 01:38pm
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News DateMonday, January 17, 2011 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — A group of conservatives on Monday urged Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, setting up an independent committee aimed at marshaling money and support on his behalf.

If it's successful at pushing Pence into the race — he says he'll decide by the end of January — the group hopes that it can help offset the financial advantage that better-known rivals enjoy, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Romney has a deep roster of potential contributors from his days in investment banking and in Boston. Palin would enter the campaign with an enormous edge in fame, a large Internet-based list of fans through her Facebook page and the platform of Fox News. Neither Romney nor Palin has declared whether they intend to run.

Pence, 51, isn't widely known and would have a small fund-raising base in Indiana. A former radio talk-show host who says he was first inspired by Rush Limbaugh, Pence has been elected to the House of Representatives five times from an Indiana district where the largest city is Muncie.

In the House he led a conservative charge against President George W. Bush's move to expand Medicare to cover prescription drugs, complained about rising budget deficits under Republican rule and unsuccessfully challenged John Boehner of Ohio for leadership of House Republicans after the party lost control of the chamber in 2006.
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