Romney's new mailer calls Huckabee a "tax and spend governor."
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney is on the air in South Carolina with a slew of upbeat television ads, but in mailboxes he's starting to draw some sharp contrasts with his rivals. Especially former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
Romney's campaign in South Carolina has now sent out a two direct mail attacks on his Republican opponents, with key emphasis on Huckabee, the current frontrunner in Iowa and South Carolina.
Last week, Romney sent out an immigration mailer in the state hitting nearly all of his Republican rivals on immigration, claiming that Huckabee supports "de facto amnesty" and "special benefits for illegals."
This time, the former Massachusetts governor is talking taxes. A new Romney mail piece obtained by CNN takes on Huckabee and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose record is listed under the banner "Big City, Big Spender."
But Huckabee is the main target, with the Romney mailer calling him a "tax and spend governor" and highlighting his "21 tax increases as governor." (Romney, meanwhile, has a "record of results.")
The mailer's bullet-points draw liberally from the Club for Growth, the anti-tax group that has been hammering Huckabee for months over his fiscal record as governor.
Romney's mail in South Carolina has come a long way from the piece he sent out just a few weeks ago that failed to classify Huckabee as a "major candidate."
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby