03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Shift To NH Puts Spotlight On National Security, Taxes

As the race for the White House moves from the frigid plains of Iowa to the snow-capped mountains of New Hampshire, there will be a realignment of the contest, and the focus will shift from social and religious issues to taxes and national security.

While the spotlight has been away from New Hampshire in recent weeks, the competition here has been heating up as Senator John McCain of Arizona has gained ground on the longtime Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Mr. McCain did not compete seriously in Iowa, but the campaign was obviously thrilled to learn that Mr. Romney had been beaten in the caucuses by Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. While not commenting on what that outcome meant for his chances, Mr. McCain noted that it proved that "negative campaigning doesn't work."

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