Rudy, Mitt Mix It Up in NH

Giuliani, Romney get serious about pivotal primary state
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2007 4:00 PM CDT
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, shakes hands with customers during a campaign stop at MaryAnn's Diner in Derry, N.H., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GOP presidential frontrunners Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have been stumping hard in New Hampshire in advance of the primary, desperately trying to highlight their differences.
Romney is blasting Giuliani's record as mayor of New York City and claims he backs unlimited government spending. Giuliani, capitalizing on his renown in the aftermath of the 9/11 disaster, repeatedly returns to the need to combat terrorism.

So far, voters seem to be noticing more differences in style than substance. Giuliani tends to be blunt, while Romney is "practiced," says the New York Times. One GOP voter characterized Romney as polite. "I find Rudy to be the street tough [with] that New York temperament, knock-off-the-kneecaps if I want to get on that bus," she said.