The Romney camp’s argument with the New Hampshire papers is twofold…
This press release responds to the Concord Monitor editorial, arguing that “The Monitor’s editorial board is regarded as a liberal one on many issues, so it is not surprising that they would criticize Governor Romney for his conservative views and platform.”
I would note that the Monitor A) hit Romney for “flip flopping”, not his conservative views and B) doesn’t hit any of the other Republican candidates, and I’m sure there’s at least a conservative or two somewhere else in the field. On the other hand, the editorial does praise “other candidates” of “both parties” for ”speaking of restoring America’s moral leadership in the world,” and hits Romney for not doing so.
Then there’s this statement from Kevin Madden, responding to the Union Leader:
“Governor Romney is running for President as the “full-spectrum conservative” in this race, as described by the editors of National Review, a widely respected conservative publication, in their published endorsement of him.
“Governor Romney has built a coalition of grassroots conservative support in. New Hampshire and across the country as a result of his advocacy for economic, social and national security policies that champion conservative Republican ideals.
“We, of course, respect the Union-Leader’s right to voice their opinion, but the differences between Governor Romney and Senator McCain are clear. We disagree with Senator McCain’s joining Democrats to vote against Republican plans for tax relief, his pro-amnesty immigration proposal with Senator Kennedy and his McCain-Feingold legislation which hurt conservative advocacy efforts.”
The fight between Romney and the papers continues, as the Union-Leader’s Drew Cline, who sometimes shows up in the Corner, has challenged his readers to find an issue on which Romney has not changed his position.