Romney campaigned in New Hampshire Tuesday.
WINDHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney brushed aside former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's recent gains in the polls as an "initial infatuation" in an interview with CNN Tuesday on the trail in the Granite State.
"We started off with the McCain surge, the inevitable candidate, then it became the Giuliani surge, and then it was the Thompson surge, and now we have the Huckabee surge," the Republican candidate said.
"There is an initial infatuation and people take a close look on a person's issues and decide whether they want to support them or not," the former Massachusetts governor told CNN.
According to the latest USA Today/Gallup national poll, released Monday, Huckabee has surged to second among Republican voters, behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.
- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron