Gov. Pete Wilson of Calif. enters presidential race

March 24, 1995|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

LOS ANGELES -- Casting his quest for the presidency as a "duty," Gov. Pete Wilson has set out to convince voters across the nation that the causes he has championed in California can restore fairness and common sense in Washington.

Mr. Wilson yesterday announced the formation of an exploratory committee to assess his chances of winning the Republican nomination.

While the "exploratory" framework might help save face if his candidacy flops, Mr. Wilson left no doubt of his intention.

Entering the race relatively late and without extensive state organizations, Mr. Wilson's strategists plan a media campaign to take advantage of the compressed primary schedule.

The campaign, he indicated yesterday, will echo the theme he rode to a second term in Sacramento: "Some things are right, some plainly are wrong."

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