From NBC/NJ's Erin McPike
Romney will return to New Hampshire Monday for a two-day swing through the state, where he often focuses on fiscal issues. But just ahead of this visit, the Log Cabin Republicans have released a new radio ad in the state that criticizes the former Bay State governor on his record on taxes, saying he's "Mitt-flopped."
"Mitt Romney's record doesn't match his rhetoric on taxes and almost every other issue," Patrick Sammon, the group's president, said in the release about the ad.
Giuliani's camp has also attacked Romney for his record on fiscal issues, but Romney returned with the claim on Monday that he cut taxes 19 times while in office, and the campaign later provided supporting documents.
"He raised taxes on some New Hampshire residents who worked in Massachusetts, taxing their income and their pensions. That's a Mitt-Flop," an announcer says in the ad, before charging that despite Romney's claim to have close loopholes he did raise other taxes.
It goes on: "Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts. Now? He's seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?"
On the trail, however, he does say that he wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. And a major part of his message is fiscal restraint -- especially in the Granite State.
The Log Cabin Republicans released a nationwide TV ad in October criticizing Romney for changing positions on a host of issues, but didn't mention gay marriage. It got a fair amount of play and even caused a South Carolina Republican operative to tell this reporter that due to the ad, "which was weird," he was throwing his support to Thompson.
*** UPDATE *** Kevin Madden, Romney campaign spokesman, sends this response: "This negative attack and gross distortion of the governor's record was launched and paid for by a group recognized as having Mayor Giuliani as their 'favorite' candidate. Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment and so it makes sense that a national gay rights group would attack him. Governor Romney has a stellar record of fiscal responsibility, having cut wasteful spending and worked to lower taxes as a chief executive focused on pro-growth economic policies. It's a record that even a negative attack ad can't change."
Here's the full transcript:
"Mitt Flops" (Radio: 60)
ANNCR: Mitt-Flops…sounds like something you'd wear to the beach, but they could cost you.
Running for governor, Mitt Romney said he'd balance the budget without raising taxes.
So what'd he really do? He raised taxes on some New Hampshire residents who worked in Massachusetts, taxing their income and their pensions.
That's a Mitt-Flop.
Then Romney claimed he was just 'closing loopholes'. The truth: he raised taxes $128 million.
After that? $70 million more.
A year later? He tried to hike taxes another $170 million. That's a triple Mitt-Flop.
Romney even refused to support the Bush tax cuts.
Now? He's seen the light on tax cuts. Do you believe this conversion?
Massachusetts Mitt sounds like another flip-flopping politician…
JOHN KERRY [file clip]: "I actually did vote for the 87 billion dollars, before I voted against it."
ANNCR: Mitt Romney -- just another Massachusetts flip-flopper.