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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is mulling a possible bid for the presidency, voicing concern that the 2008 Republican lineup lacks a Ronald Reagan conservative.

"He's kicked the idea around in his head," Dan Mahoney, an aide to Keating, said Friday. "He's just sort of thinking about it."

Keating, 62, a former FBI agent and prosecutor, served as Oklahoma governor from 1994-2002 and was in charge of the state during the deadly Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. He was a high-ranking official in the Justice and Treasury departments during the Reagan administration and considered a possible vice presidential choice by George W. Bush in 2000.

In June 2003, Keating resigned as head of a panel examining the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy's efforts to rid the priesthood of sexual molesters. Keating was highly critical of the bishops' cooperation and compared the secretive church hierarchy to the Mafia.

Mahoney said that after the defeat of Republican Sen. George Allen of Virginia last month, Keating was concerned about the absence of a "Reagan-like conservative in the mix" of presidential candidates. Several of the White House GOP hopefuls _ Sens. John McCain and Sam Brownback, and Gov. Mitt Romney _ have either compared themselves to Reagan or highlighted his record.


BOSTON (AP) _ Gov. Mitt Romney, responding to a newspaper report that illegal immigrants worked on a landscaping crew that regularly groomed his lawn, says that employers need a better way to verify the status of workers.

"If you have, let's say, a construction crew come in and add an addition to your home, you don't go around to the workers and say, 'Let me see your papers.' I don't know that that's even legal," Romney said Friday in an interview with Fox News.

"It's certainly not what America expects of our citizens," he said. "What they do expect is that the companies we hire have some way of determining whether their employees are legal."

The Boston Globe reported two weeks ago that a lawn service used for several years by Romney had employed illegal immigrants to work on the grounds of his two-acre suburban home. Romney declined to comment at the time and then left on an extended trip abroad. A spokesman later said the governor knew nothing about the workers' immigration status.

Romney has emphasized his opposition to illegal immigration as he has courted conservatives and tested the waters for a presidential run. On Wednesday he signed an agreement that allows Massachusetts State Police troopers to arrest suspected illegal immigrants.


MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Former Gov. Tommy Thompson has formed an exploratory committee looking ahead to a possible campaign for the White House.

The committee delivered paperwork Wednesday to the Federal Election Commission as part of the process, Thompson spokesman Tony Jewell said Friday.

Thompson won't make a decision about running for president until some time next year, Jewell said.

The former governor and Bush Cabinet secretary was talking politics on Friday with people in Iowa, where precinct caucuses traditionally launch the nominating season.

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