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11/13/06

Giuliani Takes First Step Toward '08 Presidential Bid

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani took the first step toward a possible 2008 White House bid by forming a presidential exploratory committee.

A document from the New York Department of State says Giuliani made the initial filing Friday.

Giuliani joins Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the powerful Armed Services Committee, as the only Republican to officially form an exploratory committee.

Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa formed an exploratory committee Thursday, making him the only Democrat to officially do so.

Federal election law allows individuals to travel and gauge their level of support without formally declaring their candidacy, which would subject them to federal fundraising rules, according to The Associated Press.

An individual who spends money only to test the waters, rather than officially campaign for office, does not have to register as a candidate, AP reported.

According to a recent CNN poll, Giuliani is a favorite among Republican voters or independents who lean Republican.

The survey, conducted October 27-29 by Opinion Research Corp., indicates that 29 percent of Republican voters would "most likely" support Giuliani for their party's presidential nomination in 2008.

Runners-up included Sen. John McCain, with 27 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with 12 percent. The poll of 401 Republican voters or voters who lean Republican had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent.

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