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Giuliani to take next step to run for president
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take another step Monday toward the Republican presidential nomination, according to Katie Levinson, a spokeswoman for the campaign. Giuliani will file a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

In November, he filed paperwork setting up an exploratory committee.

In a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 77 percent of those polled said they wanted to see Giuliani run for president. In the same poll, conducted Jan. 19-21, Giuliani led the list of potential GOP candidates with 32 percent saying they would choose him. Sen. John McCain trailed Giuliani with 26 percent. Other candidates were in the single digits.

Giuliani, 62, was mayor of New York from 1994 to 2002, and was widely credited with with the city's revitalization during the 1990s, when crime dropped significantly and the economy boomed. Giuliani's stock also rose in the public's eye during the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

But his pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control stance may not hold much water for some of the more conservative elements of the Republican party.

-- CNN's John Roberts and John King
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