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Romney Attacks Huckabee; Dodd in Iowa; Edwards in S.C.

Mitt Romney is airing a new ad in Iowa attacking new frontrunner Mike Huckabee, as polls show the former Arkansas governor surging even farther ahead of the former Massachusetts governor.

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."

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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 Ad Watch , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney
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Romney is trying very hard to express that he and Huckabee are the same on "everything else" (conservative social values) when he only came to those positions in the last 5-10 years. I thought Huckabee's commercial in which he states "I don't have to wake up every day wondering what do I need to believe" was far more effective than this one.

Posted by: MassIndy | December 11, 2007 8:56 AM

Romney should air attack ads about Huckabee's liberal spending record, his "christian-inspired" pardoning of felons, and his sketchy ethical practices (using the emergency money to wipe all his administration's hard drives before leaving office? ouch!). But that's not what Iowa conservatives seem to care about any more. For them it's once-pro-life-always-pro-life or go home.

Posted by: jon | December 11, 2007 9:21 AM

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It is possible that Senator Clinton is the best candidate. However, even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record, just as Senator Clinton insists.
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The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where assaulting, torturing and murdering people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and to protect the citizenry.
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Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
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Posted by: avraam jack | December 11, 2007 9:21 AM

The Republicans are fighting the 2004 election all over again. It's hard to believe a party could be so out of touch.

Posted by: Gary | December 11, 2007 9:54 AM

All Romney needs to do is get a picture of Huckabee's eye's crossing and being overweight by 300 pounds and he's in....

The caption, "If a man can't look you straight in the eye, how can you trust him."

Another caption should be the Surgeon General talking about the risk of heart disease and obesity...

Posted by: ClubbieTim | December 11, 2007 10:56 AM

Huckabee is sure changing his view now regarding his leinient,if not pro-illegal immigrant stance....so much for claiming to be the same person all the time. At least Romney's position(s) were changed over several years and he's had the courage to explain himself.

Romney is the only candidate with the experience and noodles capable of turning around this economy.

Posted by: Larry | December 11, 2007 2:30 PM

Candidate Vs. Candidate !!! At this point, just a few weeks from the polls, each candidate in both parties should stop running "AGAINST" a candidate and start running "FOR" President. Voters want to (and should)clearly understand the exact position each candidate holds for each and every important issue before the nation today. These other distractions are not welcomed!!! Change the current "nature" of "politics" and start informing the voters of details of positions - we are listening!!! Monty Ousley Weddell

Posted by: MOWeddell | December 11, 2007 4:26 PM

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Posted by: federal judge duet | December 11, 2007 5:02 PM

Mike Huckabee facts:

1. He will Eliminate the IRS:
This means you will receive 100% of your paycheck.

2. He will drastically reduce Gas prices:
Switch to alternative fuels, changing supply/demand.

3. He will reduce global warming.
Switch to alternative fuels, no carbon dioxides.

4. He will reduce threat of terrorism.
New fuels cause middle east gov. crack down on them.

5. He will reduce rising Health care costs.
New programs that prevent diseases, not just fix them.

6. He will lead up not just hard right or hard left.
Excellent communicator, will bring parties together.

7. He will lead with principles rather than money.
He cares everybody not just those on Wall Street.

8. He will give Hope to America and enthusiasm.
He plays bass guitar in a band, dynamic personality.

9. He will carry out his goals, not talk about them.
Lost 110 pounds, kept it off, ran 4 Marathons-26.2m

10. He knows the American people is the real boss.
As Governor, his picture frame only shows citizens.

Vote for Mike Huckabee, otherwise you will not be able to enjoy these benefits

Since the other candidates don''t have anything to say on what they can do for America, they take the easy road and resort to taking cheap shots at Mike. Don't fall into their trap any longer with negative attacks, let''s show the critics and the naysayers that Americans have pride and we are ready to elect an honest, humble, trustworthy man for US President.

Posted by: Tony | December 11, 2007 7:11 PM

I'm baffled as to why Iowans are supporting Mike Huckabee. Sure, he sounds good in the debates with his witty one-liners and good explanations. However, is anyone in Iowa looking into this guy's record? He raised nearly $500 million in taxes as Governor according to Fox News. Additionally, he supported giving tax payer money as college tuition breaks to illegal aliens. Even to this day, he still stands by his decision to raise taxes and give money to illegal immigrant. Iowans need to wake up and get past the smooth talk and lip service.

Posted by: Dan C | December 11, 2007 7:22 PM

We don't think Mitt Romney is perfect. Nor believe he's never made a mistake. But we do think he is intelligent enough to see something others don't see - the common sense solutions ignored by many politicians. He's creative enough to develop new ways of thinking, doing, and spending, and fearless enough to tackle a flawed government system. We believe that he will earnestly strive to serve our nation with the best of his already proven leadership abilities. His Faith in America speech demonstrated his ability to inspire the nation and remind us that we can still be proud to be Americans. Romney will lead the United States of America with integrity, enthusiasm, and honor.

We first looked at Romney because we have personal friends that have known him and his family for over 20 years and they say Mitt and Ann are remarkable and wonderful people. Our friends are remarkable people in their own right, so their recommendation made us want to find out more about him. Here are just a few things that caught our attention:

His work history in the private business sector of taking businesses and turning them around in a relatively short time is impressive. Matthew Rees says this about Mitt:

"Romney sees something others didn't see... He was willing to pursue--and analyze--data that others wouldn't bother to chase down. His dogged persistence paid off. During the 14 years Romney headed Bain Capital, the firm's average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was a staggering 113 percent. At that growth rate, a hypothetical $1,000 investment would grow to $39.6 million before fees. Few, if any, VC [venture capital] firms have ever matched Bain Capital's performance under Mitt Romney."

http://www.american.com/archive/2006/december/mitt-romney

Romney possesses a willingness to analyze tedious data to make the most informed decisions. With the financial crisis our country is in, wouldn't you like to have an astute financial person leading decisions on our country's spending?

We had a chance to meet with Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay, who at one time worked with Mitt at Bain & Co. She said when he called and asked her to head up his campaign finance committee she was hesitant because she had never done anything politically active like that before. After working with Mitt on his campaign and looking at the other candidates, however, she said she couldn't imagine anyone else being able to do the things she knew Mitt was capable of - things that our country needs at this critical point in our history. She told the following stories about Mitt:

1) On a personal level, Mitt is great because he honestly doesn't care who gets credit for something as long as the proper thing is accomplished. So he is happy to acknowledge and recognize everyone involved. That is what makes people enjoy working with and for him. He's a great mentor and believer in volunteering and public service and supported his employees in such endeavors.

2) In Massachusetts (MA), they needed many millions of dollars to refurbish up to 100 old courthouses. It cost millions per courthouse and Mitt said that while he understood the importance of preserving history and having courthouses in good repair, he recognized that was a lot of taxpayer money to be spent. He asked for some research to be done - if no one had to drive more than 90 minutes, how many courthouses would be needed in the state. The data came back with five. Mitt proposed they refurbish 50 courthouses - more than enough to fit the needs of the state and put the rest of the money toward other areas needing attention. Government tends to always add but doesn't necessarily think of eliminating inefficiency. There are probably historical groups angry that the state didn't fund every old courthouse in the state - but as governor he worked to benefit the people by eliminating longstanding duplication. How much duplication do we have at the Federal Government level? How much inefficiency can be eliminated?

3) MA educational ranking in the nation had slipped considerably before Mitt became governor. Many schools reported up 1/3 of high school students were not graduating with average achievement scores down and disruptions up. Schools, like the old courthouses, were in disrepair. Mitt said that in order to compete with the rest of the world, children need better education. He provided monies for school refurbishing programs, after-school teaching assistance, and mandatory parent prep courses to show how to deal with unruly students. He increased pay to science and math teachers. Soon, they had some of the best teachers seeking jobs in MA. Mitt then said he wanted to give the top 20% or 25% of MA high school graduates full college tuition at state universities. Soon students (probably with parental support due to the financial incentive) were working hard to improve their grades and test scores. Within four years, their schools had moved up to the top of the national ladder. Who would have thought it possible to give scholarships to the top 25%? That's "outside the box" kind of thinking! Mitt invested in the future by investing in infrastructure, teachers, and scholarships. In addressing our education woes in Ohio we have a motto: "In the Lottery we trust."

4) There are MA residents "for and against" his Healthcare program. But, to us, the bottom line was this... We all need health insurance coverage. Romney looked at how much money the state was spending on uninsured medical costs (can you hear Carl Sagan say, "Billions and billions?"). Leading a by-partisan effort, he figured out how the state could make better use of the people's money; instead of just paying the people's medical bills, the government used the money to assist in buying or subsidizing all residents health insurance. This obligates people to act responsibly, choose personal healthcare providers, and end healthcare waste. Again, that is "outside the box" thinking. Using money they already had... just allocating it differently. That is what we need, someone to see something others don't see. Do you really want the Federal Government administering our healthcare?

Like most voters, we want to hear what qualifies potential candidates to take the mantel of President. Looking at a candidate's actual record of achievement tell what you can expect. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."

We're supporting Romney! -D&A Stevens, Ohio

Posted by: D&A Stevens, Ohio | December 12, 2007 9:47 AM

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