Has former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney taken his GOP primary campaign into full-on attack mode? His new website, CareerPolitician.com, certainly suggests he has.
With the website, officially launched today, Romney's going on the offense to call attention to his Republican rival Texas Gov. Rick Perry's longtime political career. Though his attacks on Perry's years as a politician are nothing new, the website suggests that Romney's ready to take the fight beyond talking points in debates and speeches. "Rick Perry has spent his entire career in political office, and has no experience in the real world economy," the website says. "Career politicians got us into this mess, and they won't help us get out of it." [Read about Romney's private sector experience.]
Romney and Perry have been building a public rivalry since the Texas governor joined the race. Before recently, Romney had focused his political attacks on President Obama. But now, even after Perry has dropped behind businessman Herman Cain in polls, the website suggests he's now the Romney campaign's real concern. [Read how Romney attacked Obama in jobs speech.]
"Rick Perry has proven time and again that he will resort to dishonest tactics in order to prop up his flailing campaign. Whether deflecting attention from his own record through personal attacks, utter fabrications, or intentional distortions, it's hard to know how much lower Perry will go," said Romney communications director Gail Gitcho in a statement. "We are introducing CareerPolitician.com to help voters learn about the real Rick Perry and the lengths to which he will say or do anything to get elected." [Read about how Romney's failed 2008 campaign may help him against Perry.]
The website displays videos railing against Perry's stance on illegal immigrants and his jobs record as Texas governor. Though it's been taken down due to a request from CNN, it had also included a recent ad called "Ready to Lead?" that rather brutally zeroed in on Perry's weaker moments in the GOP debates and news clips that questioned Perry's ability to go up against President Obama.
Though he hasn't yet launched a website devoted to Romney-bashing, Perry has used recent debates to highlight Romney's weak job-creation record as Massachusetts governor. According to Perry spokesman Mark Miner, the CareerPolitician.com website is "nothing more than Mitt Romney trying to deflect from his past flip-flopping and liberal policies that put him more in line with President Obama than Republican primary voters."
Expect the rivalry to reach new heights as primary season draws nearer.