December 17th, 2007
09:13 AM ET
13 years ago

Romney mail in South Carolina blasts Huckabee's tax record

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


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Ron Paul raises 6 million in one day and knows more about the Constitution and Foreign Policy and all we see in the press is the fight between a Morman and a Baptist Minister.

    It is the Economy we are 60 trillion in debt a war that won't end a Country that we invaded for no reason and Osma is still on the lamb. Our Military is in a 135 Countries. We are an Empire and this is the crap mainstream media can bring up.

    Where did the real newspaper people. go??

    People get a grip you work from Jan 1st until July 8th for the govt and you don't care you desereve these two idiots

    December 17, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Anom cal

    Mitt
    For bigamist, I thought american justice is cracking down on this?
    I still have not heard Mitt's views on this, because he would loose the mormon vote!

    December 18, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. Brandon Slate, Boston MA

    Bryan, Firestone, CO... you are obviously not a resident of Massachusetts or you would know what a mess he made of our state. He raised taxes, and put us into major debt. A business owner, and good with money savy (aka, hiding it in private accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid being taxed), but a politician? The only thing he's done politically is flip-flop on moral issues.

    Romney is NOT the one.

    December 18, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Karen Houston TX

    To John in "Cambridge,

    You may want to do a little research on the Big Dig Project. When the woman lost her life is when Romney took over the project and set things right. He wasn't absent, others were in charge.

    Romney is known for stepping into messy problems, and cleaning them up. The Big Dig was no different. Romney has the ability to step into a problem and turn things around.

    That's the kind of leadership we need in our country!

    December 18, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Bryan, Firestone, CO… you are obviously not a resident of Massachusetts or you would know what a mess he made of our state. He raised taxes, and put us into major debt. A business owner, and good with money savy (aka, hiding it in private accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid being taxed), but a politician? The only thing he's done politically is flip-flop on moral issues.

    Romney is NOT the one.

    Posted By Brandon Slate, Boston MA : December 18, 2007 1:34 am

    Mr Slate, I am from the state and he left with a balanced budget with money left over in the "rainy day fund" and your obviously beloved Deval Patrick (a Clinton crony) decided to take $386,000 out of that fund RIGHT WHEN HE TOOK OVER.

    Patrick promised the MOON while running for office and Kerry Healey asked MANY times "How is he going to pay for all his programs that he is promising"?

    You can only bleed so much from a rock and now the "liberal" chickens are coming home to roost.

    A great man once said "we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem" and that man, Mitt Romney, could not have put this states PROBLEM any better.

    December 18, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. JD, Syracuse, NY

    It is funny that romney raised so much money and spent the most money. But the bulk of it was on negative campaigning.

    Does america want a president like him?

    December 18, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Bohemian, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The only thing consistent about Mitt Romney is his ambition to do or say anything to win a election.

    While all the democrats have promised to raise taxes; and all the republicans except Mike Huckabee have promised to cut a tax or two; Mike Huckabee will ABOLISH THE IRS! using the M.I.T. engineered & designed Fair Tax Initiative.
    Educate yourself on the Fair Tax Initiative:
    http://www.FairTax.org/

    Read the Fair Tax Book by Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder.

    Mike Huckabee on Bush Bunker Mentality

    The facts are his apparent attack on "W" has been taken out of context (By flip-flopping, waffle-man Mitt "I will bring the assault weapons ban back, but I am a lifetime member of the NRA" Romney) much like his latest ad where Mitt & the liberals are trying to say the book shelf behind him is a Cross that he planned to be some hidden Christian agenda message...

    "Bush made mistakes, but made the right choice to confront Islamic fascism in their neighborhoods. More could also be said about misinformation and bad advisers.
    " – Mike Huckabee

    He was referring to the policy itself, not President Bush. Again a half truth/misquote from Mitt Romney...

    Here is a good piece on his sentiments about Speaker Pelosi you should enjoy...

    Mike Huckabee Charges Speaker Pelosi with Sending “Lump of Coal to Troops in Iraq”:
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressRelease&ID=447

    The Full context of the Bunker mentality speech... Mike Huckabee delivers major foreign policy speech in Washington D.C.:
    September 28th, 2007
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressRelease&ID=283

    Mike Huckabee's Response To Romney On Foreign Policy Attack:
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=TruthSquad.RomneyOnFP

    Mike Huckabee on the issues and policies:
    http://www.mikehuckabee.com/

    Mike Huckabee is the most Authentic, Consistent, Compassionate and Experienced candidate running in any party.

    December 19, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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