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Presidential field: The 700 club?

There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president.

There is Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate who wears a boot for a hat and wants to give everyone free ponies. Or 89-year-old Mike Gravel, a former senator from Alaska who allows two teens to run his antiwar candidacy. And there's Seven the Dog, whose principal campaign committee is the "Puppy Party - Friends of Seven the Dog."

Yes, they all are running.

Including two dozen prominent candidates running for the Democratic nomination, more than 700 people have filed with the Federal Election Commission

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