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A grassroots movement launched Monday is pushing Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to run for president in 2012.

America’s President Committee, led by former Congressman Jim Ryun (R-Kan.), launched its online effort at

Pence is a favorite among some conservatives, winning the straw poll at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters summit – an annual gathering of social conservatives – last September.

Pence, formerly the third ranking Republican in the House GOP caucus, announced his resignation from that leadership position on Nov. 3, 2010, the day after the midterm election. At the time, he said that he had “begun to look to the future” and decided he would not be able to fulfill his leadership duties over

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