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Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin to Continue Presidential Foreplay Until Freakin’ September

What are they thinking?

Rudy Giuliani will be touring New Hampshire today and tomorrow, with an itinerary that includes "a luncheon with the Seacoast Federation of Republican Women in Portsmouth, a New Castle gathering with law enforcement officials and a gun rights discussion at Manchester Harley Davidson," according to the AP. In other words, things that he should really have no interest in unless he's running for president. And yet, asked the chances of him jumping into the race, Giuliani tells the Daily Caller, "That’s too much teasing, and I’m too far away from making a decision." In fact, Giuliani says he won't make a decision until "late August or early September."

That's the same time line Sarah Palin laid out last night on Fox News. "You know, August and September, you do have to start laying out a plan if you are to be one to throw your hat in the ring," she said. Such a late entry into the presidential race would hardly be unprecedented in recent history. Fred Thompson officially announced his candidacy on September 5, 2007 (although he formed an exploratory committee months before), and Wesley Clark joined the Democratic nomination battle on September 17, 2003. And it worked out really well for both of them.

Giuliani Heads to New Hampshire to Explore Presidential Bid [AP]
Rudy: I’ll run for president if no other Republican can beat Obama [Daily Caller]
Decision for Sarah Palin could come in August or September [Political Hotsheet/CBS News]

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Photo: Rudy: Jason Kempin/Getty Images; Palin: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images