Rudolph Giuliani
Former Mayor, NYC
Born: 05/28/1944
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Religion: Catholic
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Giuliani gained his first fame as a United States Attorney prosecuting high-profile cases including ones against organized crime. He served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, where he gained credit for reducing crime and improving the quality of life in the city. He then gained national attention for his leadership role during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center that led him to be named Time's 2001 Person of the Year and receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
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Mike Huckabee
Former Governor, AR
Born: 08/24/1955
Birthplace: Hope, AR
Home: Little Rock, AR
Religion: Baptist
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Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24, 1955 in Hope, Arkansas) was the governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was the third Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction. In November 2005, Time named him one of the five best governors in the U.S. He has officially announced his intentions to set up a presidential exploratory committee for the 2008 election.
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John McCain
Senator, AZ
Born: 08/29/1936
Birthplace: Panama Canal Zone, Panama
Home: Phoenix, AZ
Religion: Episcopalian
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John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American politician. An influential Republican, McCain is currently the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona. He was a presidential candidate in the 2000 election, but was defeated in the Republican primary by George W. Bush. On 15 November 2006, McCain announced he was forming an exploratory committee for a 2008 presidential campaign.
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Ron Paul
Representative, TX
Born: 08/20/1935
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Religion: Protestant
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Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul is a 10th-term Congressman, medical doctor (M.D.), and a 2008 presidential candidate from the U.S. state of Texas. As a Republican, he has represented Texas's 14th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1997, and had previously served as the representative from Texas's 22nd district in 1976 and from 1979 to 1985.
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Mitt Romney
Former Governor, MA
Born: 03/12/1947
Birthplace: Michigan
Home: Belmont, MA
Religion: Mormon
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Romney served one term and did not seek re-election in 2006; his term ended January 4, 2007. Romney is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, formally announcing his candidacy on February 13, 2007. Romney made his announcement at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1994, Romney led an unsuccessful Senate campaign against incumbent Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. He also served as the CEO and organizer of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Fred Thompson
Former Senator
Born: 08/19/1942
Birthplace: Sheffield, AL
Religion: Church of Christ
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Dropped out: 01/22/08
Frederick Dalton "Fred" Thompson (born August 19, 1942) is an American lawyer, lobbyist, and character actor. He represented Tennessee as a Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1994 through 2003. Thompson resides in McLean, Virginia near Washington D.C. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence.
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Duncan Hunter
Representative, CA
Born: 05/31/1948
Birthplace: Riverside, CA
Home: Alpine, CA
Religion: Baptist
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Dropped out: 01/19/08
Duncan Hunter has been a Republican member of the House of Representatives since 1981 from California's 52nd congressional district in northern and eastern San Diego. It was previously numbered the 42nd District from 1981 to 1983 and then the 45th District from 1983 to 1993. Hunter was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the 109th Congress. He is currently seeking the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.
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Sam Brownback
Senator, KS
Born: 09/12/1956
Birthplace: Parker, KS
Home: Topeka, KS
Religion: Catholic
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Dropped out: 10/19/07
Born in Garnett, Kansas and raised in Parker, Kansas, Sam Brownback was born to a farming family of German descent who settled in Kansas after leaving Pennsylvania following the Civil War. Brownback was state president of Future Farmers of America, and eventually went on to become the national vice president from 1976-1977. While at Kansas State University, he was elected student body president and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas in 1982.
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Jim Gilmore
Former Governor, VA
Born: 10/06/1949
Birthplace: Richmond, VA
Home: Richmond/Alexandria, VA
Religion: Methodist
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Dropped out: 07/15/07
Gilmore was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1971, served three years in the U.S. Army, and graduated the University of Virginia Law School in 1977. He worked as a lawyer for a decade and was elected Virginia Attorney General in 1993. Gilmore served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2001 to January 2002. He and his wife, Roxane Gatling Gilmore, reside in Richmond and Alexandria, Virginia. They have two sons.
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Chuck Hagel
Senator, NE
Born: 10/04/1946
Birthplace: North Platte
Home: Omaha, NE
Religion: Episcopalian
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Never entered race.
Born in North Platte, he graduated from Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus, NE and the Brown Institute for Radio and Television in 1966 and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1971. Hagel is a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the U.S. Army infantry, attaining the rank of Sergeant (E-5) from 1967-68. While serving during the Vietnam War, he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
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Newt Gingrich
Former House Speaker
Born: 06/17/1943
Birthplace: Hummelstown, PA
Home: Marietta, GA
Religion: Baptist
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Decided not to run: 09/29/07
Newton Leroy Gingrich (born 17 June 1943) served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 1995, Time Magazine selected him as the Man of the Year for his role in leading the Republican Revolution in the House, ending 40 years of Democratic Party majorities in the House. During his tenure as Speaker he represented the public face of the Republican opposition to Bill Clinton.
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Tom Tancredo
Representative, CO
Born: 12/20/1945
Birthplace: Denver, CO
Home: Golden, CO
Religion: Presbyterian
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Dropped out: 12/20/07
Tom Tancredo has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 6th Congressional District of Colorado, which includes most of Denver's southern suburbs. He has gained national attention for his strong stance against illegal immigration, and he has expressed interest in seeking the 2008 Republican nomination for president. Tancredo won re-election in 2006 against Democratic challenger Bill Winter with a 59%-40% margin.
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