Romney Attacks Huckabee; Dodd in Iowa; Edwards in S.C.
The 30-second spot, called "Choice: The Record," clearly states that the two candidates have several similarities: They're both former governors, "two good family men," both pro-life, and in support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
But on the issue of immigration, the ad states, Romney and Huckabee differ.
"Mitt Romney stood up and vetoed in-state tuition for illegal aliens. Opposed driver's licenses for illegals," the announcer says. "Mike Huckabee? Supported in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants. Huckabee even supported taxpayer-funded scholarships for illegal aliens. On immigration, the choice matters."
Arguably, Romney started going after Huckabee in a recent "PostTalk" interview. Chris Cillizza asked Romney how he would differentiate himself from Huckabee considering their similar viewpoints on the issues of gun rights, traditional marriage and abortion.
"I don't think there's a difference between us of significance on those issues, but there are big differences between us in terms of our life experience," Romney said. "I spent my life in the private sector, and then running the Olympics, he spent his life in politics. So, we have a lifelong politician, versus somebody who's been in the business world for most of his career."
Meanwhile, Chris Dodd is making a direct-to-camera appeal to Iowa voters, stating that while he's not a celebrity or former first lady, he is ready to be president. It's a sales pitch and style similar to Bill Richardson, who aired an "I'm not celebrity, vote for me" ad in October.
"As you might have guessed, I'm not a former first lady, or a celebrity," Dodd says in the ad. "But I am the only Democrat running who's a veteran. And I served in the Peace Corps. I am the candidate who authored the Family and Medical Leave Act. I am the candidate who negotiated the end to wars. These aren't campaign slogans, its' what I've done over a lifetime of service. I'm Chris Dodd, and I approved this message, because I'm the candidate who can win next November. And I am ready to be president."
John Edwards is airing a 60-second message called "Heroes" in South Carolina. It's an expanded version of a similar message his campaign aired in New Hampshire in November. This ad includes "real" South Carolina voters, used as examples of everyday heroes living and working in the Palmetto State.
-- Ed O'Keefe
By Ed O'Keefe |
December 11, 2007; 8:10 AM ET
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