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Candidates ramping up calls for people's pledge

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By STEVE LeBLANC
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - During Massachusetts' 2012 U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren hammered out a "people's pledge" designed to discourage attack ads funded by outside groups.

Since then, the pledge has taken on a life of its own.

It's been proposed by Republican and Democratic candidates in Senate races this year in Alaska, Kentucky and New Hampshire. Candidates running in Rhode Island's Democratic primary for governor have already signed a pledge.

It's also been proposed in gubernatorial and attorney general races in Massachusetts.

As often as not, the demand for a pledge seems to be as much about tweaking a political opponent as it is about trying to tamp down outside money.

Pledge supporters, however, say it could help blunt the influence of deep-pocketed political action committees.

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