(CNN) - Rudy Giuliani is returning for the first time since October to New Hampshire, the state that traditionally holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
The former New York City mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who's thinking of making another bid for the GOP nomination, is scheduled to keynote fundraiser Friday night for the Manchester, New Hampshire Republican Committee.
So how serious is Giuliani about becoming a candidate for president?
Apparently not so serious, at least right now.
"I'm thinking about it but I'm not beyond that," Giuliani told the New Hampshire Union Leader's John DiStaso. "Maybe the strongest thing I could say – because this is not intended to be a campaign appearance of any kind, it's designed to help the party and renew acquaintances with old friends – is that I haven't taken it out of consideration. But I'm not right now actively considering it."
Giuliani says his message Friday night will be that "we need much more leadership than we're presently getting out of Washington," specifically from the president.
He criticized Obama, saying the president "seems to be several days behind every world development," including the uprisings in Egypt and Libya.
Ovide Lamontagne's Granite Oath PAC is the lead sponsor for Friday night's event. Lamontagne, a longtime Republican party activist and attorney who came close to winning last year's GOP nomination for Senate in New Hampshire, is currently holding a series of house parties with some of the potential Republican presidential candidates.
Lamontagne tells CNN that he hopes the dinner will further strengthen Manchester Republican Committee.
As for the keynote speaker, Lamontagne says he's "very eager to listen to Giuliani's remarks. I hope he enters the New Hampshire primary soon if he's serious about running for the White House. He has a lot to offer this campaign cycle."
In the last presidential election cycle, early national polls suggested that Giuliani was one of the leaders of the pack, but his campaign concentrated on some of the later primary states, such as Florida, at the expense of beefing up operations in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina - the three crucial early voting states.
The strategy backfired and Giuliani dropped his bid early in the primary season.
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