GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at primary rival Rick Perry on Tuesday with a California attack ad accusing the Texas governor of "supplying bad ideas to California since 2001."
In the ad, Perry, who is fundraising in California today, is seen across from the state's Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, while a number of positions that "liberals in California" supposedly got from Perry flash across the screen.
Perry was the "first to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants" and "approved taxpayer-funded state aid for illegal immigrants attending college," the ad charges, referencing some of the provisions that Perry signed in the Texas DREAM Act.
Brown signed measures of the California DREAM Act earlier this year, first making funding from private sources available to undocumented students, then allowing them to apply for state-funded financial aid for college.
A Perry spokesman shot back at the ad with this response to Politico:
"Governor Perry is the only candidate in the race with front line experience on border security and immigration issues. Its hypocritical for Mitt Romney to be critical on this issue considering he not only hired illegal immigrants but also provided them with free healthcare when he was governor."
This back-and-forth is indicative of the type of barbs that Romney and Perry have both traded and weathered, especially in the wake of Republican presidential debates in September and October, when both candidates took heat for their records on immigration issues.
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