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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Wife Judi Move Closer to '08 Bid

Sexy Judi Giuliani is keeping a tight lip-lock on her hubby as he moved even closer yesterday to officially announcing his presidential bid.

As his loyal missus bared some of the secrets of her marriage to "America's Mayor" in a candid new interview, Giuliani had his eyes on another prize.

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"We still have to formally announce it and do a few more things, but this about as close as you're going to get," Giuliani said on FOX News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" last night — hours after filing federal "statement of candidacy" papers.

"Today, we just took another step toward running for president," Giuliani added. "It's a big step, an important one.

Asked on the show if he's "in to win," Giuliani said. "Gosh, yeah. I mean, that's the only reason to do it."

Judi, 52, insisted that when her hubby takes the plunge, she won't mind playing second fiddle to his political ambitions — and she revealed the famously tough-as-nails former mayor's sensitive side.

"I've always liked strong, macho men, and Rudy — I'm not saying this because he's my husband — is one of the smartest people on the planet," gushed the former Judith Nathan to Harper's Bazaar in editions due out Feb. 20.

"What people don't know is that Rudy's a very, very romantic guy. We love watching 'Sleepless in Seattle.' Can you imagine my big testosterone-factor husband doing that?"

Describing Rudy, a former federal prosecutor, as "the Energizer Bunny with no rechargeable batteries," Judi said, "One of the most remarkable things about my husband, who sleeps three or four hours a night, is his energy level and stamina.

"I truly believe that one of the keys to a successful marriage is not trying to change your partner: This is the person I fell in love with. And I married a man who loves to work, never takes time off, because if you like what you do, you won't need to.

"If he decides to run for president, we'll follow that path together," she told Harper's.

Judi said she gets her hyper husband to slow down by pushing him onto the golf course: The pair spent their honeymoon in 2003 taking putting lessons in Colorado.

She also praised his generous side, which was responsible for the pricey pearl necklace she sported, along with a sexy black dress and stockings, for the mag's titillating photo.

"He's also a great listener, rather unusual for such a decisive action person, and very loving — never forgetting anything, obsessing over gifts, wanting to get everyone something they really like," Judi Giuliani said.

She recalled a tender moment that revealed her typically tough husband's vulnerability.

"When Rudy had prostate cancer in 2000, I knew he'd come through, maybe because we believed he would," said his wife, a registered nurse.

"We decided to treat his cancer with radioactive seeds, then fairly new, implanted by a surgeon directly into the prostate, all while being watched on a big, plasma-like monitor in the [operating room].

"Rudy had endured so much intrusion into his privacy that when he was wheeled in, fuzzy from preoperative drugs, he looked at this huge screen and said, 'Judith, don't let them put this on TV.' I felt so sorry for him. I'll never forget it."

She said she always thinks about that brush with death and 9/11, when her husband was "spared only by the grace of God" from the World Trade Center's collapsing south tower.

Judi Giuliani said that whatever her husband decides to do — including whether to run for president — "I want him to enjoy it."

Judi's portrayal of the warm-and-fuzzy side of Rudy could be useful for him in wooing female voters away from potential Democratic foe Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who declared her candidacy last month.

Pressing the flesh with rush-hour commuters on their way home from the Long Island Rail Road station in Floral Park as he campaigned for GOP state Senate candidate Maureen O'Connell, he said, "Everything is very, very positive."

By filing his statement of candidacy, Giuliani — who gained national exposure leading the ravaged city post-9/11 — is now in the same position as his main primary-race rivals, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The only other major presidential hopeful who hasn't filed a statement of candidacy yet is Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and he's expected to do so after he officially announces his White House bid Saturday.

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