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     COMMENTS: Reaganís Heirs

The Republican race, too, was covered by a reporter on all three newscasts. Tuesday's Florida contest, it appears, is tightening into a two way race. None of the three reports even mentioned the name of either Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul. ABC's Jake Tapper focused on Rudolph Giuliani--but only to note how far he had fallen since once riding high. "I have never heard you refer to yourself as an underdog before," Tapper told him. "Underdogs win," was the best spin the former mayor could put on things. Tapper concluded that John McCain is "clearly concerned only about" Mitt Romney. NBC's Ron Allen said Florida "seems to be a two-man race, between two men who are not close friends." CBS' Byron Pitts found the two "virtually tied."

If Bill Clinton is the former President who looms large over the Democrats in South Carolina, in Florida they refer not to Clinton's successor, the incumbent GOP leader, CBS' Pitts pointed out, but to an older role model: "No name is used more frequently in front of Republican audiences than Ronald Reagan."


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