Romney Shifts Sights From Huckabee to McCain

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 — 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.

  • Tim

    Well here is another reason for you to not like Romney and me to like him. Mitt Romney isn’t shifting his sights to McCain, from Huckabee. He is simultaenously running another new comparison ad for Huckabee in Iowa.

    To me if he can hold his own and be competitive against multiple contenders in multiple states all at the same time, then he is more likely to be competitive in a general election.

  • aa

    i dont think he is competitive at all…he is a flip-flopper on virtually every issue and his remarks of him seeing his father march with mlk just highlight what a liar he is.

  • Tommy

    Mr. Romney is head and shoulders above the other candidates. The doubts being placed by his opponents are so often just blatant exagerations, such as the constant flip flop jargon. It is way over-used and not applied equally to the other candidates for their past comments verses their current ones. Especially Huckabee and McCain and their changing of words over time. I hope we have the collective sense to elect Mr. Romney as he is very clearly the best choice.