Romney is taking on the subject of illegal immigration in a new ad.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is airing a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Friday that touts his opposition to illegal immigration, and criticizes his Democratic rivals over their position on the issue.
"We all know Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have it wrong on immigration," Romney says in the new 30-second spot. "Our party should not make that mistake."
The Republican presidential candidate goes on to say he "authorized the State Police to enforce immigration laws" while governor and "opposed driver's licenses and in state tuition for illegal aliens."
In what appears to be a dig at rival presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, Romney continues, "As president, I'll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities, and secure our borders."
Romney has previously aimed fire at the former New York City Republican mayor over the issue of "sanctuary cities," claiming he supported illegal immigration.
New York has never officially declared itself a sanctuary city, but it adopted a policy in 1988 that allows people to report crimes or check in to a hospital without their immigration status being questioned. In turn, Giuliani has pointed out that three cities in Massachusetts also carried that policy while Romney headed the state.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney