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In his 12th visit to Florida since January, the former Massachusetts governor was asked to grade himself as a conservative on a scale of one to 10 if Reagan were a 10.

“Probably a 10 as well,” Mr. Romney said. “I’m trying to think in what places we would differ. As I’ve gotten older, Reagan keeps getting smarter and smarter.”

He added that he is not a carbon copy of Reagan, but they have some core beliefs in common, the Associated Press reports.

“I’m a believer in markets; I’m a believer in American freedom; I am optimistic about America’s future,” Mr. Romney said. “I share the same optimism that Ronald Reagan had. I wish I had his good looks.”

Fight Club

“The House of Representatives almost turned into the Fight Club Thursday night, when Democrats ruled that a GOP motion had failed even though, when the gavel fell, the electronic scoreboard showed it winning 215-213 along with the word FINAL. The presiding officer, Rep. Mike McNulty (New York Democrat), actually spoke over the clerk who was trying to announce the result,” John Fund writes at

“In the ensuing confusion several members changed their votes and the GOP measure to deny illegal aliens benefits such as food stamps then trailed 212-216. Boiling-mad Republicans stormed off the floor. The next day, their fury increased when they learned electronic records of the vote had disappeared from the House’s voting system,” Mr. Fund said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi made matters worse when she told reporters, “There was no mistake made last night.” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer had to rescue her by acknowledging that, while he thought no wrongdoing had occurred, the minority party was ‘understandably angry.’ Under pressure, the House unanimously agreed to create a select committee, with subpoena powers, to investigate Republican charges the vote had been ‘stolen.’

“Congress appears to be gripped by a partisanship that borders on tribal warfare. In a forthcoming book, Los Angeles Times columnist Ron Brownstein compares it to a ‘second Civil War’ that has led to ‘the virtual collapse of meaningful collaboration’ between the two parties. Public disenchantment with Washington is such that now both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democratic former senator Sam Nunn of Georgia are musing openly about an independent run for president. But Congress itself has to act if it doesn’t want to degenerate into one of those fist-wielding European or Asian parliaments we occasionally see on TV.”

Rudy’s daughter

The daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani signaled she was supporting Democrat Barack Obama, then backed off when faced with questions.

On her Facebook profile, 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani listed herself as a member of Mr. Obama’s Facebook group, “Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack).” She left the group yesterday morning after the online magazine Slate sent an inquiry, and later in the day a spokeswoman said Miss Giuliani did not intend to comment on the 2008 race.

“Before the presidential campaign got under way, Caroline added herself to a list on Facebook as an expression of interest in certain principles,” said the spokeswoman, Joannie Danielides. “It was not intended as an indication of support in a presidential campaign, and she has removed it.”

Her profile can be viewed by Facebook users who have access to New York City’s Trinity School or Harvard University networks. Caroline, who is Giuliani’s daughter with his second wife, Donna Hanover, recently graduated from Trinity and will attend Harvard in the fall.

Slate posted a screen shot of her profile, which uses a slightly different last name. She lists herself as having liberal political views.

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