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Romney and Thompson take on Immigration

McCainMitt Romney & Fred Thompson join the Tancredo express, while “open borders” McCain lashes out.

From AP …

Republican John McCain (news, bio, voting record) accused presidential rival Mitt Romney of flip-flopping on immigration Monday and said with sarcasm: “Maybe his solution will be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn.”

McCain also said he was disappointed in potential candidate Fred Thompson for opposing immigration legislation the Arizona senator is co-sponsoring.

The immigration spat comes as the GOP race turns increasingly contentious and as Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, shows signs of gaining steam in Iowa and New Hampshire while Thompson lays the groundwork for what increasingly appears to be his own White House bid.

After months of behind-the-scenes aggression between the McCain and Romney campaigns, the two rivals openly sparred last week during a debate at the University of South Carolina.

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