Alan Keyes Makes 3rd Bid For Presidency

Constitutional scholar Alan Keyes, front, and attorney Larry Klayman, representing the Right March organization, talk with the media at the Capitol on Thursday, March 24, 2005, in Tallahassee, Fla., as they try to get a meeting with Gov. Jeb Bush to discuss Terri Schiavo (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
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Alan Keyes, a Republican whose two previous runs for president ended in failure, is making a third try for the White House.

The Maryland conservative announced on his Web site that he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Friday to make his candidacy official. He joins a crowded Republican field of nine candidates and is scheduled to participate Monday night at a debate involving lesser-known candidates in Florida.

Keyes, a former State Department official under President Reagan, made unsuccessful presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. He also has been a Senate candidate from Maryland, and, in 2004, he suffered a 43-percentage point loss to Democrat Barack Obama in the Senate race in Illinois. Republicans drafted Keyes after primary winner Jack Ryan dropped out amid a scandal.

In an interview with radio talk show host Janet Parshall, Keyes noted the wide-open nature of the GOP race. "There isn't a standout," Keyes said. "I'm like a lot of folks, who have just looked at it and been unmoved."