Huckabee Ad Trumpets Christian Ties

He and Romney duke it out in a tight Iowa race
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 6:29 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in a living room in West Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney battled to the wire in a tight Iowa race, with Huckabee releasing a new campaign ad yesterday designed to appeal to Christian conservatives, CNN reports. Romney, meanwhile, attacked Huckabee's recent criticism of President Bush as in "bad taste," the Boston Globe reports.

The new ad shows Huckabee speaking about his opposition to abortion in front of a prominently displayed Christian symbol. Because the social conservatives that the ad targets abound in Iowa's Republican caucuses, pro-choice Rudy Giuliani has focused instead on other early primaries. Yesterday, he was not even in Iowa, having taken a break to go home for New Year's.