From the Yahoo AP wire:
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
Fri Dec 28, 7:54 AM ET
DES MOINES, Iowa – Mitt Romney takes GOP presidential rival John McCain to task on taxes and immigration in a new advertising push in New Hampshire as he seeks to fend off the Arizona senator’s challenge.
“John McCain, an honorable man. But is he the right Republican for the future?” an announcer asks in the ad that starts airing Friday in New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first presidential primary on Jan. 8. “McCain opposes repeal of the death tax. And voted against the Bush tax cuts â€” twice. McCain pushed to let every illegal immigrant stay here permanently. Even voted to allow illegals to collect Social Security.”
For his part, McCain has a fresh commercial in New Hampshire that takes the high road by not mentioning Romney. Rather, it highlights the 20 newspapers in the state that have endorsed McCain and quotes their words of praise, including “McCain campaigns with decency.” It adds: “All across New Hampshire newspapers agree. The choice is clear
This is why I don’t like Romney. He’s getting desperate and he’s grasping for straws. Leave the cheap tactics to Hillary.
Update by Nate
I don’t disagree with Romney changing course, he’s got to fight off McCain in New Hampshire because he can’t sustain a loss there. If I’m Romney, I’m ceding Iowa to Huckabee and focusing on the next contest. Huckabee is nowhere in New Hampshire so if Romney can hold a victory there, he’s still got a good shot at the nomination. Whereas, if Huckabee wins Iowa and McCain wins New Hampshire, Romney’s got bigger problems.
Huckabee’s focusing on Iowa, which it appears now he’ll probably win. However, he doesn’t have a huge amount of support after that in New Hampshire or South Carolina.