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  •   Quayle Readying Presidential Run in 2000

    Former Vice President Dan Quayle
    Former vice president Dan Quayle told talk show host Larry King that he plans to file a statement of candidacy and make a formal announcement in Indianapolis Feb. 3. (AP)
    By Ceci Connolly
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, January 22, 1999; Page A14

    Former vice president Dan Quayle announced last night he intends to open his presidential campaign next week.

    "I want to be president," Quayle said on CNN's "Larry King Live." "I love proving people wrong, and I'm going to do it again." He said he will file documents Thursday at the Federal Election Commission declaring his candidacy and creating an exploratory committee that allows him to raise money for political travel, polling and staff.

    Quayle said his goal is to raise $20 million this year: "I am convinced I can raise it. I know I can find it."

    One person close to Quayle said the Indiana Republican has tapped "I love proving people wrong, and I'm going to do it again."

    Richard Norman to lead his fund-raising team. Norman helped retired Col. Oliver L. North raise $23 million for his failed Virginia Senate race, the source noted.

    Quayle, who runs a political action committee in Phoenix that raised $6 million last election cycle for other candidates, sent his first solicitation letter last week targeting some of the more moderate Republican prospects.

    In a direct attack on Texas Gov. George W. Bush, he wrote: "I have ordered my staff to never EVER utter the words 'compassionate conservative'! This silly and insulting term was created by liberal Republicans and is nothing more than code for surrendering our values and principles."

    Although Quayle won't make a formal announcement until spring, he is busy working the media and grass-roots circuit. Today, he will speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference. In the next few days he plans to unveil an economic plan complete with a 30 percent across-the-board tax cut in a national newspaper.

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