Video: Romney Attacks Huckabee in New Iowa Ad – Updated

First, a report from USAToday:

BOSTON (AP) — His shot at the Republican presidential nomination in jeopardy, Mitt Romney will begin running a TV ad against Iowa front-runner Mike Huckabee on illegal immigration starting Tuesday while weighing how much negative campaigning he can add to the methodical plan he’s followed all year.

The ad says the former governors have a lot in common — but not on illegal immigration, an important issue in Iowa, which will lead off nomination voting with its caucuses on Jan. 3

Second, here is the actual ad in question:

I should replace the word “Attacks” with the word “Disses” because it’s rather mild. If this is an attack ad, where’s the mudslinging? This is sort of the pot calling the kettle black at this point. However, when Romney criticizes someone, that is often the case since he’s got a deep past of flip-flopping on several issues. Mentioning like 2 differences is pretty weak. Furthermore, the ad praises Huckabee as a good family man! This could have been an ad for Huckabee minus about 5 seconds.

I don’t think this is going to make a difference. Romney has been campaigning since January, if Iowans don’t know where he stands on issues by now, one advertisement isn’t going to make any difference.


Thanks to a reader for this info:

“This ad basically goes out the window because Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman came out with an endorsement of Mike Huckabee today, on the very issue Romney is trying to “diss” Huckabee on.”

Sure enough, the story from CBS News:

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA — Snowed in, the Mike Huckabee campaign cancelled his morning events and organized an impromptu news conference where he received the endorsement of Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project.

Huckabee accused the federal government of “failing” to put together an immigration policy where people “come through the front door, not the back door” and live with their “head held up high. Calling the “amnesty of the 1980s” a “miserable failure,” Huckabee said “we’ve created” a “society where people are forced into hiding.”

Gilchrist said he had been made aware of Huckabee’s plan a month ago and Huckabee said the endorsement had nothing to do with Romney’s new ad criticizing him on the immigration issue and was merely “providential.”

Does that indeed render the issue null and void? To have one of the preeminent activists on illegal immigration and border security endorse Mike Huckabee is big news for his campaign.

  • Suspected

    I have to disagree with; this ad can be very harmful. Romney’s flip flopping on abortion is his weak point among voters, so he tried to blur the difference by saying, “oh yea, both are pro-life. No need to look into or talk about their records on abortion since they’re both the same in that respect.” Iowans are particularly anti-illegal immigration, so the contrast Romney’s ad does draw has the potential to be very damaging. The ad is brilliant, really; he is trying to change the vote’s focus the issue he is stronger on.

  • Thing about it is that Huckabee has been out in front of these issues. I normally gather and upload candidate interviews, however, Huckabee is on TV somewhere like once or twice a day answering these questions. He has the answers for the Romney charges in my opinion.

  • The Angry American

    Interestingly enough I listened to the Glenn Beck show this morning and he actually commented that he thought the Romney/Huckabee would be a good ticket at this point. Personaly I think they are focusing too much on the wrong issues, such as abortion, it shouldn’t even be a factor in this election. The 3 big themes should be illegal immigration, foreign polilcy, and our financial woes regarding social security, debts to China, and the overall defecit, which all eventually lead to the constant monster of taxation.

  • Brett

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  • This ad basically goes out the window because Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman came out with an endorsement of Mike Huckabee today, on the very issue Romney is trying to “diss” Huckabee on.

    Romney certainly isn’t very wise with his money.. makes you wonder how wise he is going to be with taxpayers money if he becomes President.

  • Thanks for the info on Gilchrist, I’ve updated the story.

  • Joshua Pratt

    Null point? I think not. Actions speak louder than words, and while some presidential nominees may have “nice” plans and sweet talk, when it comes to getting things done there is little evidence that they are capable. In some cases, their record speaks against them. The endorsement of Jim Gilchrist is no more than politics at its finest. Jim Gilchrist himself seems to be starving for attention as the “about us” page of his minuteman project website speaks nothing of the actual organization and solely outlines Gilchrist’s achievements and life history.
    A little vain if you ask me.

    I found the following comments from the president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a real organization, interesting.
    “No National Minuteman Group has endorsed Mike Huckabee.
    One individual Minuteman has personally endorsed him.
    For the sake of clarity, it is important to note that the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), the nation’s largest Minuteman organization, is a 501(C)4 non-profit organization and cannot and does not endorse any candidate for public office. MCDC is not associated with Mr. Jim Gilchrist, who today endorsed Mike Huckabee for president.
    Jim Gilchrist’s erstwhile Minuteman Project is itself an organization which by its own representations as a non-profit civic group, cannot legally endorse candidates. It does not have any volunteers who observe illegal border activity. It has no border fence building projects. Jim Gilchrist here speaks only for Jim Gilchrist, he does not speak for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, nor is he nationally representative of most patriots in the “Minuteman movement” – who under no circumstances could ignore the failed record nor endorse the duplicitous “plan” recently rolled out by candidate Mike Huckabee. The national media needs to recognize that Jim Gilchrist’s endorsement is his own personal statement, nothing more.
    The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps emphasizes policy dealing with national border security. The only “plan” to ensure border security that is acceptable to our constituency would be a candidate policy statement declaring that his first act as President will be to hold a press conference and announce to the American people an executive order to immediately deploy and fund 30,000 National Guard personnel to the U.S. Borders (25,000 to the southern border and 5,000 to the northern border) to complement a massive increase in U.S. Border Patrol Agent field personnel, and a bilateral effort to secure our frontiers, smash the drug cartels, shut down the human smugglers and protect the public safety of the citizens who reside along the borders on both sides of our national boundaries.
    Unlike this last-minute opportunism attempted by Huckabee, many of the other GOP presidential candidates have actually helped push the issue of national border security forward for some time. Tom Tancredo’s many years of hard work on the border crisis and illegal immigration issues have all the candidates striving to sound like him. Duncan Hunter can take personal credit for getting the highly effective San Diego border fence built. Ron Paul has been to the border with us first hand and aggressively pushed positive border legislation. Alan Keyes has done more than anyone to support the organizational development of MCDC, and personally participated in the Minuteman Border Fence Groundbreaking – advancing a citizen’s construction effort which has forced Congress to finally get the Feds building physical border fence.
    Only one Minuteman group is conducting regular multi-state border security efforts, building fence and aggressively monitoring Washington DC: Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. We would like to extend an invitation to all the presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat, to come to the border and see what is really happening on our nation’s frontier. Not to take the safe little government photo-op helicopter ride, but see the lay-up sites full of trash and debris. See the rape trees. See the violent crime in the border towns. Walk on the pathways of destroyed environmental terrain trampled by tens of thousands of invading foreign migrants. See what the American elites’ support of broken borders, unfettered illegal immigration and sanctuary cities is doing to our fellow Americans who live on our borderlands, and how these failed policies imperil our nation’s safety, security and prosperity.”
    Chris Simcox
    Minuteman Civil Defense Corps