From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and NBC/NJ's Erin McPike
On the heels of a weekend filled with attacks on Giuliani, the Romney campaign has released a second immigration-focused TV spot. Even though Romney and his campaign have begun to hit Giuliani by name on the trail, he has still declined to do so in advertising.
He instead peppers the 30-second spot -- running in Iowa and New Hampshire --with veiled shots at multiple opponents as an announcer touts Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts. "He said no to driver's licenses for illegals" (one for Clinton and other Dems); "no to in-state tuition; fought for English in the classroom" (there are a couple for Huckabee). "The only candidate with a proven record of fixing the big problems" (zing, Giuliani -- who said 9/11?).
Romney and Giuliani got into a volley in the Granite State this weekend over spending issues and judicial appointments, but they've been bickering even longer over who had the less impressive record fighting illegal immigration during their respective years in office.
Here's the full transcript of the ad:
"Take Charge" (TV:30):
ANNCR: "Illegal immigration – we need smart, tough solutions, not just talk.
What will it take to fix it? Technology, new ideas, guts, values – Mitt Romney.
He said no to driver's licenses for illegals; no to in-state tuition; fought for English in the classroom.
The only candidate with a proven record of fixing the big problems.
From day one: Mitt Romney will do what he does best -- take charge, demand results, no excuses."
ROMNEY: "I'm Mitt Romney and I approve this message."