The Note: From the Omni Shoreham to the Pettus Bridge

In an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader's Garry Rayno, Romney says that he would impose a spending cap on all federal agencies excluding defense spending. In the interview, Romney also sang praises to the health care insurance plan he helped create as governor, but does not want to implement one nation wide plan. LINK

In a separate story, Romney touted his success in politics as a result of his long career in business, writes Son Hoang of the Union Leader. LINK

2008: Republicans: Gilmore:

Ralph Z. Hallow writes that former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA) will publicly say that the top three GOP candidates are "phony conservatives" in an video press release that will be posted to YouTube tomorrow. LINK

2008: Republicans: Hunter:

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has dropped two campaign advisors in South Carolina for their comments on immigrants and religious minorities, the AP reports. LINK

2008: Republicans: South Carolina:

The State tallies the results of the Spartanburg County GOP straw poll. LINK

2008: money:

"After a stop in Hollywood, the Democratic money chase is headed to Wall Street," report Brody Mullins and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan of the Wall Street Journal. The chase one again puts Sens. Clinton and Obama head to head.

But wait, former Gov. Mitt Romney has strong personal and professional ties on Wall Street and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a hometown favorite, Mullins and Dugan write.

Helping raise $10.4 million for the RGA this week and hitting the road today to help Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the NRSC at an event expected to rake in $2 million, nothing is stopping President Bush from being his party's fundraiser-in-chief, reports James Gerstenzang of the Los Angeles Times. LINK

2008: Democrats:

The Wall Street Journal ed board takes the Clintons, John Edwards, and other Democrats to task for choosing to send their children to private schools but being against school choice. "The mystery man," the ed board writes "is Sen. Barack Obama, who sends his child to a private school in Chicago yet once referred to school vouchers as 'social Darwinism.'"

2008: Democrats: Obama:

NBC's Nora O'Donnell interviewed Sen. Obama for "Today", where the Senator addressed the issue of "royal family" fatigue over the Clintons and Bushes, saying, "We're in a moment where the country is looking for something different."

Also addressing the already-testy nature of the contest between he and Sen. Clinton, Sen. Obama offered some contrition saying, "I want all our statements to sound like me," but added, "I can mix it up."

"The best way to respond [to an attack] is with the truth," he said.

In an interview with CBS's "Early Show," Obama said, "we should show some restraint from some of the snappy comments but I think we should have responded" when he was asked about the Geffen-inspired feud with Sen. Clinton.

He also said Al Gore would be an "extremely formidable" candidate if he entered the 2008 race.

On quitting smoking, "Nicorette is going just fine," said Obama.

ABC News' Tahman Bradley on the FEC's answering Sen. Obama's campaign cash question to his liking. LINK

The Hill on the same: LINK

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