My interviews with two of Mitt Romney's more articulate and effect supporters --Vin Weber and Wendy Long -- are out today. They reveal the underlying message of Romney's campaign: conservative ideology coupled with executive experience. Just as Romney himself did in an interview with the Washington Examiner, they both throw some sharp elbows Thompson's way. McCain thought it necessary to try to knock out Romney; similarly Romney now may be looking to shove Thompson out of the way in order to take on frontrunner Giuliani. If Thompson starts responding and reporters start getting "helpful" reminders about Romney's moderate record as Governor of Massachusetts we'll know Romney has landed a punch. As for Giuliani, he is happy to talk about health care this week and let his rivals rough each other up.
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