Giuliani 2008
Chris Park  /  AP
Former New York Mayor, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, center, speaks to the members of the media during a campaign stop at Pt. Loma Seafoods Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Park)
updated 3/7/2007 1:37:49 PM ET 2007-03-07T18:37:49

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is planning his first campaign trip to Iowa next month, a sign that he is considering competing in the early voting state where social conservatives dominate the GOP caucuses.

The Giuliani campaign said Tuesday that the former New York City mayor plans a few days of events in the state the week of April 2.

Giuliani leads the crowded GOP field in several national polls. But it's unclear just how much support a pro-abortion rights, pro-gun control, pro-gay rights Republican can get among those attending Iowa's GOP caucuses.

That has led to speculation that Giuliani may skip Iowa's contest to focus on states that would be more amenable to his moderate stance.

In recent weeks, Giuliani has brought on Jim Nussle, a former Iowa congressman and 2006 candidate for governor, as an adviser, and Tony Delgado, a former staffer at the Republican National Committee, to focus on the state.

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