Posted: October 12, 2007 7:03 PM
Romney Continues to Hammer Giuliani on Line Item Veto
After clashing at the CNBC/Wall Street Journal debate on Tuesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and GOP rival former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani kept up their ongoing war of words over fiscal issues. Romney’s campaign continued to attack Giuliani for fighting the president’s line item veto when he was New York City Mayor. In a piece in the National Review Online Romney legal advisor Douglas Kmiec faulted Giuliani for filing a lawsuit over President Clinton’s use of the line item veto. Kmiec argued the incident revealed that Giuliani does not support spending restraint and tax reduction.
The campaign also issued a press release Big City, Big Spender: Byrds Of A Feather Spend Together drawing comparisons between Giuliani and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., whom the campaign called “the prince of pork.”
The attacks came as a new Strategic Vision poll showed the two in a close race among likely voters in both Michigan and Nevada. In Michigan, Giuliani led the GOP field with 24 percent, followed closely by Romney — a Detroit native whose father was governor of the state — with 20 percent. In Nevada, Romney is in the lead with 38 percent, with Giuliani close behind with 35 percent.
On Thursday, the campaign released a radio ad to run in South Carolina called Stop Spending in which campaign supporter Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., calls for an end to “the earmark favor factory” and touts Romney’s record of “cutting waste.”
In a new National Journal survey of 83 GOP insiders, including lobbyists, activists and strategists, 59 percent want Romney to address his Mormon faith in a speech like the one John F. Kennedy delivered in 1960 about his Catholicism. The survey showed 44 percent of the Democratic insiders agreed. Campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said Thursday that Romney “has previously said he was considering addressing the issue of faith and values, but he has not yet made that decision. The decision is a personal one that remains under consideration.”
The campaign rounded out the week by shifting their focus to fighting Jihadism. On Friday, Romney released a new TV ad that will air in Iowa called Jihad In it, Romney pledges to strengthen intelligence services and increase the military by at least 100,000 troops.
Romney continued to hit Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for being weak on security issues. This week he singled out her co-sponsorship of legislation prohibiting the use of funds for military operations in Iran saying Clinton is “tying the hands of our military as they confront an Iranian regime supporting terror and racing toward nuclear weapons capabilities that would enable genocide on an unprecedented scale.”
But as he aimed at Clinton, The Log Cabin Republicans, an group that advocated for gay rights, produced a television ad to air in Iowa and on national cable channels that highlights Romney’s past statements in support of abortion rights. In a move that challenges Romney’s support among social conservatives, the ad shows Romney saying in 1994 that he believes “abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Romney is now pro-life.
The campaign launched AnnRomney.com which will take a look at Mrs. Romney and her family. One of the issues the site will spotlight is Ann’s struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and her work to promote awareness about the disease.
Looking ahead, Romney goes back to Michigan on Saturday, then heads back east to New York City and Washington, D.C. next Tuesday, before returning to Iowa on Wednesday.