Well it’s about as nice an attack ad as you can get. Starting by calling Huckabee a good family man, the ad obviously wants to avoid offending those “nice” Iowans. The focus is on in-state tuition and scholarships for illegal aliens, although it also mentions that Romney vetoed a measure to grant drivers licenses to illegals. Interesting that there is no mention of their respective plans for the future ( Huckabee came out with a tough one to blunt that line of attack) or the infamous concern about sanctuary cities( that’s going to disappear from Romney’s vocabulary, I suspect; besides it was a made up issue for Rudy combat and has no utility against Huckabee) nor does he mention his “deputizing” plan which has been fairly well exposed as a last minute gambit that never went into effect. Is the ad so timid as to lack impact? Perhaps but it is a step, maybe the first, in trying to return to non-family issues. Romney (I think correctly) sees family issues which were the core of his Iowa appeal before the Huckaboom will not help him against Huckabee. Time to get back to immigration, taxes and foreign policy? Sounds like a good idea.
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