WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney launched a new ad in New Hampshire Saturday that takes aim at presidential rival John McCain's position on immigration - the second attack ad in as many days from the Romney camp that directly targets the Arizona senator."McCain championed a bill to let every illegal immigrant stay in America permanently," the ad's narrator says. "He even voted to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security. Mitt Romney said 'no' to driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. 'No' to tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, and he authorized his State Police to enforce federal immigration law."
The 30-second ad follows a Romney spot launched Friday in New Hampshire that challenges McCain on his record on illegal immigration and taxes.
The McCain campaign quickly responded to that ad, launching their own spot Friday night that chronicles recent negative New Hampshire newspaper editorials about Romney. The Romney campaign immediately denounced that ad as a personal attack that neglects "substantive issues."
McCain was trailing Romney by a large margin in most polls of New Hampshire's GOP primary voters, but several recent surveys suggest he and the former Massachusetts governor are now separated by just a few points. McCain, who won the state's Republican primary in 2000, has received the endorsement of many of New Hampshire's major papers.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney