December 18th, 2007
10:50 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain campaign goes on the attack

McCain is targeting Romney in a New Hampshire mailer.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A revitalized McCain campaign has gone negative on a primary rival for the first time this cycle. The target: current New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney.

A new flier circulating in the Granite State hits the former Massachusetts governor hard on immigration, slamming him as someone “voters don’t trust” who is “smearing straight-talking John McCain.”

It also recounts the results of a recent Boston Globe investigation that found Romney had re-hired a landscaping company that had previously employed illegal immigrant workers on his property.

The mailing is a response to an earlier flier from the Romney campaign that attacked the Arizona senator’s record on the issue, along with GOP rivals Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.

John McCain is riding high off a recent string of high-profile primary state endorsements. Romney still leads among Republican voters in New Hampshire by a double-digit margin in most recent surveys, with McCain in second place.


–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Tim, Yuma, AZ

    McCain will drop out after New Hampshire.

    December 19, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. GRACE


    December 19, 2007 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Ajay Jain

    Who said that negetive campaigning does not reward candidates in IOWA? Romney has started it and all are following suit.

    December 20, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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