(CNN) – When is a good thing a bad thing?
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is using political praise for Texas. Gov. Rick Perry against him in a new web video released Friday as the two frontrunners for the 2012 GOP nomination continue their back-and-forth.
If it seems difficult to turn positive words negative, in this case, consider the source-and the motive.
Perry has been peppered with stinging criticism on the campaign trail for his stance on immigration as he defends providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants. And this week he walked back earlier comments in which he called those who didn't agree with his policy heartless.
Romney's new web video-out on the last fundraising day of the third quarter-takes Perry's words in defense of his policy and couples it with praise of the longest-serving Texas governor given by none other than Mexico's former President Vincente Fox.
A 2003 clip of Fox saying, "I want to publicly recognize Gov. Perry and the state of Texas for having taken that step forward when you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas," is followed by a clip of Perry chiding fellow Republicans who disagree with allowing access to education for children of immigrants who have been brought to America "by no fault of their own"– "I don't think you have a heart," Perry says, in the clip from a recent presidential debate .
The ad also splices in photos of those who do agree with Perry's policy: President Barack Obama, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Perry's campaign communications director Ray Sullivan hit back at the attack Friday.
"It's a false and outrageous attack from a serially inconsistent candidate and architect of government-mandated health care," Sullivan asserted.
"Governor Perry is one of America's leaders in securing the border, committing hundreds of millions of state dollars, dispatching the Texas Rangers, and aggressively fighting border crime.
And he outlined Perry's plans for border security.
"As President, Rick Perry will put the federal troops on the ground, strategic fencing in place, and surveillance in the air to secure the border," Sullivan said.