Last time this was talked about the folks on the right had a s...fit about his moral background and how he would be bad for the Republican Party... interestingly now he is begining to explore the possibility of becoming a candidate, seems as though he has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year about how he handled NY in the 9-11 situation.. Personally he has too many skeletons in the closet for what the Repubs are looking for. http://ap.washingtontimes.com/dynamic/stories/G/GIULIANI_2008?SITE=DCTMS&SECTION=HOME Giuliani Takes Step Toward White House Bid By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer AP VIDEO Giuliani Moves Toward a White House Run WASHINGTON (AP) -- The man once dubbed "America's mayor" has taken the first step toward becoming America's next president. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican moderate who achieved near-mythic popularity for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, filed papers Friday in New York to create the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee Inc. A copy of the document was obtained by The Associated Press. Creating an exploratory committee does not make Giuliani a declared candidate, but it does mean he intends to travel the country gauging support and preparing for a White House bid. "Mayor Giuliani has not made a decision yet," Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel said in a statement Monday night. "With the filing of this document, we have taken the necessary legal steps so an organization can be put in place and money can be raised to explore a possible presidential run in 2008." One potential rival for the GOP nomination, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said Sunday 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 fundraising. An individual who spends money only to test the waters - but not to campaign for office - does not have to register as a candidate under the election law. The GOP field is expected to grow with other presidential hopefuls, among them Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New York Gov. George Pataki.