The 2008 presidential election is heating up. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., yesterday announced his intention to form an exploratory committee in the race for the Republican nomination. He’s already launched his exploratory committee’s Web site, which some say is the first official Web site online for the 2008 election. The Web site allows supporters to donate to and help with McCain’s campaign, and a speech he made before the conservative group GOPAC will be put on the site. McCain says he won’t make a definite decision about running until after the Christmas holidays. Another well-known Republican also wants to run. Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani filed paperwork last week with the Federal Election Commission to form a committee. A survey of registered Republicans showed Guiliani as the favorite as he received 29 percent of the votes to McCain’s 27 percent. Other Republicans who have formed committees or announced intentions to form committees are California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Tommy Thompson, who lead the Department of Health and Human Services during President George W. Bush’s first term.

Several Democrats also have announced their intentions for the 2008 nomination. Those include Tom Vilsack, the governor of Iowa; Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; and front runners New York Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards.

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