From NBC's Andy Merten
Even though he's taking the day off from the campaign trail, Romney had another chance to repeat his criticisms of Giuliani -- during a radio interview today.
"I think it's going to be very, very difficult for people to think of Mayor Giuliani representing the Republican Party," Romney told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "He's the same as Hillary Clinton on most of those social issues."
Romney also defended his decision-making process in choosing judges -- something Giuliani brought into question this weekend, citing the ruling of a Massachusetts judge Kathe Tuttman, who was appointed by Romney and later released a convicted murderer who went on to kill again. "He came after me this weekend on that, which, I frankly thought he'd was the last person who would raise that kind of issue because of course with Bernie Kerik," said Romney. "Now we know this person's been indicted 16 times, has plead guilty to crimes in state court –- that shows such a remarkable lapse in judgment."
*** Update *** The Giuliani campaign just countered with this statement: "Perhaps Campaign Trail Mitt Romney should take a step back and review what Governor Mitt Romney did on health care before talking about which Republican candidate is most like Hillary. Of course, we're more than happy to let Hillary Clinton's legislative director refresh Campaign Trail Mitt Romney's memory" -- referring to a Clinton aide comparing the New York senator's health-care plan to what Romney enacted in Massachusetts.