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Rudy in 2008?

In a series of little-noticed remarks over the past week, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) seemed to be hinting that he will definitely run for president in 2008.

"I think I'll return to politics," said Giuliani at a speech hosted by Visa USA in Washington yesterday.  He added, however, that "it's too far away" to decide when that return will come.

The Associated Press reported while he was in Denmark last week, Giuliani said he would make a decision on a return to politics next year.

Should he decide to run for the White House, Giuliani would start at or near the top of the Republican field. A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released today showed Giuliani leading the 2008 GOP pack with 26 percent of the vote. Arizona Sen. John McCain took 23 percent in the survey, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice received 18 percent. None of the other candidates tested in the poll broke double digits.

The survey had more good news for Giuliani. Fully 65 percent of those tested said the former mayor was a "strong and decisive leader" -- the highest rating among the candidates tested.

The poll suggests that Giuliani is still seen by most voters through the lens of his handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It remains to be seen how voters -- especially staunch conservatives -- will feel about Giuliani once they are made aware of some of his more liberal positions on social issues.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 6, 2005; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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