Romney on Attack in NH GOP Debate

Sudden underdog targets Huckabee, McCain on taxes, immigration
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 7:53 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at a town hall style campaign event at the Woodbury School gymnasium in Salem, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "You make up facts faster than you talk, and that's saying something,'' Mitt Romney told Mike Huckabee in a heated Fox News debate tonight, attacking the surging Huckabee on his tax policies in Arkansas and his populist assault on corporate earnings. Romney was less defensive than last night, arguing confidently that he's the most credible agent of change in the GOP field, and challenging Huckabee and John McCain aggressively on immigration.

McCain answered Romney's "management" experience with his own "leadership" experience in war; he claimed credit for shifting the failing Rumsfeld strategy in Iraq to the more successful strategy under Gen. David Petraeus. Rudy Giuliani was largely sidelined, but noted that he was the only candidate to cope with a terrorist attack, and claimed he has the best tax-cutting record "of anyone in government in the late '90s." Giuliani joined McCain and Huckabee in supporting a "humane and compassionate" approach to immigration.