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Dan Quayle May Run for President

January 22, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ After sitting out the 1996 presidential campaign, former Vice President Dan Quayle is taking the first step toward seeking the top spot on the Republican ticket in 2000.

``I’ve thought about this for a long time. I’ve wanted to be president for a long time, and the year 2000 is looking like my opportunity,″ Quayle said Thursday night on CNN’s ``Larry King Live.″

He intends to file a formal statement of candidacy next week, the first step in his bid for the presidency.

The race for the GOP nomination is drawing a number of contenders besides Quayle, vice president under George Bush.

The early front-runner seems to be George W. Bush, the Texas governor who is son of the former president. Other possible candidates are millionaire businessman Steve Forbes, former Cabinet secretary Elizabeth Dole, former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander and activist Gary Bauer.

``Polls are quite frankly irrelevant. You don’t make decisions on whether you are running for president on a poll, on your poll or someone else’s poll. You consult yourself; you talk with your family; and if you are convinced that you are the best person to lead the country, then you make a go of it; and that’s what I have done,″ Quayle said.

Quayle said he believe it will take $20 million to run a campaign.

``I am convinced I can raise it. I know I can raise it,″ he said.

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