December 11th, 2007
05:36 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain 'not surprised' by Romney's new contrast ad

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that he's "not surprised" Mitt Romney has a new television ad in Iowa attacking Mike Huckabee's record on illegal immigration.

McCain was asked about the ad by reporters after speaking to the Greenville Rotary Club.

"I didn't know, but I'm not surprised," he said. "I wish we could talk about our own qualifications and vision rather than attacking other candidates, which apparently the Romney campaign is now seems to be doing quite frequently. I don't think it helps. I think the ultimate result is that we get low voter turnout and that's the opposite of what we all want."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Extra • Iowa • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • South Carolina
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Charles, Miami, FL

    So true. Romney is afraid to run on his own merits because he keeps switching positions. Now he is panicking because Huckabee has stolen his thunder.

    December 11, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. DB, Memphis TN

    Just what I like about McCain, he is to the point, like it or not he will tell you the truth.

    December 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Susan Mark, Salt Lake City Utah

    Romney is playing an offensive strategy after being on the defense the whole campaign. No other Republican candidate has been put through the ringer like Romney has. Answering questions about his religion, morality etc.
    Because of this Romney has the RIGHT to do some questioning and reproving himself. In his mailers he seems to be confronting wrongs that need righting. He is showing that he can ask the hard questions, walk the walk and talk the talk. We don't need a wimpy President, who will just say to every dictator, well I guess you didn't mean to do that. We need a person who will stand up to China, Terrorists and Chavez.

    Romney should ask the other candidates to explain themselves on platform points that need clarity.

    Go Mitt Go.. keep those mailer coming.

    December 11, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. John Allen, Boston MA

    Then McCain shouldn't be surprised when Romney wins both Iowa and New Hamphshire. There's nothing dirty about calling out the deficiencies in a candidate's record. It's only dirty when the facts are twisted, and Romney's not twisting the facts. Indeed, these are the facts. Mike Huckabee admitted on the You Tube/CNN debates that he supported (and still supports) free tuition money for children of illegal immigrants. Go to You Tube and watch The Huckster make his case. McCain's done. Huck is the flavor of the month. I'm voting for the candidate who has run the best campaign and stands the best chance of beating Hillary. It's Mitt Romney.

    December 11, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Erik Zimmerman Morton, IL


    December 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Mark, Austin Texas

    I thought Thompson was the very first to start the mud-slinging.

    December 11, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |