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Romney's Three-For-One Attack On GOP Rivals

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From CBS News' Scott Conroy:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Mitt Romney delivered brief remarks on crime and law enforcement without taking questions in front of a crowd of about 50 in front of the county sheriff's office in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Though he spoke for only about 15 minutes, Romney made time to attack three of his main rivals for the GOP nomination over their records on illegal immigration.

He hit Senator McCain for fighting for a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country for the rest of their lives after paying a fine and chided Mayor Giuliani once again for presiding over what Romney calls a sanctuary city in New York.

Romney also slammed his favorite target as of late, Governor Huckabee, who has taken the lead in a recent South Carolina poll.

"Governor Huckabee fought for a provision that would give in-state tuition to illegals and he also fought for scholarships for illegals paid for by taxpayers," Romney said. "We have very different views when it comes to sanctuary policies, if you will, when it comes to illegals.

As he has done repeatedly in recent days, Romney also went after Huckabee for the former Arkansas governor's record on granting reprieves to convicted criminals.

"In the case of Governor Huckabee, he also faced a number of individuals coming forward for pardons and commutations," Romney said after touting his own record as governor "And he gave out 1,033—even more than the prior three governors combined—and one of those prior governors was Bill Clinton."

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