Giuliani Plans for White House

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Byline: By Dean Atkinson

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a moderate Republican best known for his stewardship of the city after the September 11 terrorist attacks, has taken the first step in a 2008 presidential bid.

He filed papers to create the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, establishing a New York-based panel that would allow him to raise money to explore a White House run and travel the country.

The four-page filing lists the purpose of the non-profit corporation "to conduct federal 'testing the waters' activity under the Federal Election Campaign Act for Rudy Giuliani".

The paperwork, dated last Friday, is signed by Bobby Burchfield, a partner at the Washington DC-based law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, a firm that handles political work.

"Mayor Giuliani has not made a decision yet," Giuliani's spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said.

"With the filing of this document, we have taken the necessary legal steps so an organisation can be put in place and money can be raised to explore a possible presidential run in 2008."

One potential rival for the Republican Party nomination, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said he was taking the initial step of setting up an exploratory committee.

Under federal election law, an exploratory committee allows an individual to travel and gauge the level of support for a candidacy without formally declaring themselves a candidate and adhering to all the federal rules of fund raising.

An individual who spends money only to test the waters - but not to campaign for office 1 - does not have to register as a candidate under the election law. …