He certainly is the biggest fish there but friends of multiple Romney opponents this morning are quick to remind us that Gregg backed Bush who lost to McCain in a landslide in 2000. More importantly, Romney is doing multiple events in NH today, clearly not wanting to cede ground to Rudy and to Thompson who are both there. (Romney isn’t taking Iowa for granted either and heads there for two days this week.) But the damning with faint praise award (while I step on your foot and stick my finger in your eye) goes to Rudy today for his radio interview in NH today where he “praises” Romney for dumping that individual health insurance mandate plan from Massachusetts. The key line: ” They mandated health insurance in Massachusetts. Now in fairness to Mitt Romney, he now says that he would not do that. In other words, he wouldn’t do what he did in Massachsuetts for the rest of the country, which shows it was a mistake to mandate health insurance.” NH is turning out to be one heck of an interesting battleground.
UPDATE: Although Sen. Gregg is pro-life he is not totally in line with Romney’s current positions, especially on immigration which has been the source of recent jousting with Thompson and Rudy. He for example voted in favor of McCain’s immigration proposals and had this to say about opponents of comprehensive immigration reform: “ There are, unfortunately, people who wish to bury their heads in the sand by ignoring the threat our present dysfunctional system represents to our country, and who are using a jingoistic and demagogic approach of position to immigrants as a way to raise their own political visibility. These politicians are not constructive players to the process of working towards solving one of America’s most pressing and critical problems. Congressman Tancredo has chosen to align himself with this approach. I strongly reject this new ‘know nothing’ wing of the political spectrum and hope the people of New Hampshire will as well.”