Even as he stumps across Iowa in search of every possible supporter in Thursday's caucuses, Mitt Romney today launched a new TV ad in New Hampshire.
Like his latest ad in Iowa, the new Granite State ad is positive, and it is more forward-looking than other Romney ads.
"No one votes for yesterday," Romney says in the spot. "We vote for tomorrow. Every election is about the future. Many are pessimistic. I'm not. In the next ten years, we'll see more progress, more change than the world has seen in the last ten centuries.
"Our next president must unleash the promise and innovation of the American people," he continues. "I'm ready for the challenge. The future begins now."
It's another example of how the accelerated, truncated nomination calendar -- which brings the New Hampshire primary just five days after Iowa -- is forcing candidates to fight a two-front battle. Romney, in particular, is going up against Mike Huckabee in Iowa while competing against John McCain in New Hampshire.
McCain, meanwhile, unveiled a new web-only ad that contrasts his experience on foreign policy with Romney's.
After complaining about Romney's attack ads on him, the spot is hard-hitting. It features images of victims of terrorist attacks, then shows Al Qaeda militants, guns raised in the air.
"Mitt Romney says the next president doesn't need foreign policy experience," the announcer says, citing a comment that Romney made on Fox News Channel on Saturday. "John McCain for president."
The McCain campaign today also sent to reporters, via e-mail, a copy of the opinion piece in today's New York Times by conservative commentator David Brooks, who says that Romney, by "earnestly and methodically" reshaping himself to appeal to key Republican constituencies, has made himself unpopular with young voters, middle-class voters, and independents and cannot win the general election.
"In turning himself into an old-fashioned, orthodox Republican, he has made himself unelectable in the fall," Brooks writes. "When you look inside his numbers, you see tremendous weaknesses."
Romney hit back this afternoon with his own web-only ad, highlighting his endorsement by the National Review, which said Romney is the "full-spectrum conservative" in the Republican race.
"The National Review had it right," an announcer says. "Senator McCain is 'a hero' and a strong supporter of the war in Iraq. But McCain 'is not as conservative as Romney.' "