On Monday morning, Newt Gingrich got a boost in his battle to present himself as the true heir to Ronald Reagan. The former president’s son, Michael, introduced Gingrich at his first campaign event of the day at a downtown hotel here.

“This election is about freedom,” Michael Reagan said. “Speaker Gingrich is a man who will fight for those freedoms.”

Reagan also compared the current struggle between Gingrich and the forces gathered around Mitt Romney to the one fought between his father and “Rockefeller Republicans” a generation ago.