The Romney campaign is going after three of its rivals on immigration.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - On the same day former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney went on the airwaves in Iowa attacking Republican rival Mike Huckabee's record on illegal immigration, his campaign in South Carolina sent out a new mailer hitting three of Romney's fellow presidential contenders on the issue.
The mail piece, obtained by CNN, is the first from any presidential hopeful in the state to draw a direct contrast with a rival on an issue. Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have so far sent out more mail this cycle than any candidate in the state.
"Compare the records on illegal immigration" is the headline of the mailer, which blasts Huckabee ("Special Benefits for Illegals"), former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani ("A Sanctuary City") and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson ("A Do Nothing Record"). Meanwhile, Romney has a "record of results" and provides "strong leadership on illegal immigration."
[Click here to read the mail piece.]
Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has suffered political damage because of his past immigration positions, is not mentioned. McCain is currently running fifth in South Carolina, behind Romney, Huckabee, Giuliani and Thompson.
The Romney campaign, which has seen Mike Huckabee sap their support from social conservatives in Iowa and South Carolina, took special aim at the former Arkansas governor: he is the only candidate featured on the mailer who receives a big red stamp of disapproval reading, "Supports De Facto Amnesty."
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby