Some of these analogies are accurate, but there were also significant differences. Reagan, when he was governor of California and president, projected the image of a strong and decisive Republican leader. Romney certainly has leadership qualities, but he did not exemplify them as Reagan did.In terms of his overall presidential campaign, he experienced continual misfortunes. He had hoped to obtain early victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, but the evangelical vote was very powerful in Iowa and went very heavily for Mike Huckabee of Arkansas. There was a segment of the electorate who questioned his Mormon background, which in turn compelled him to defend his religious faith by emphasizing his belief in separation of church and state. He still lost the Iowa caucus, however.During the New Hampshire primary he went on the offensive, launching negative TV ads attacking his chief opponents, especially Huckabee. This tactic may have hurt him more than helped since it seemed to turn the other Republican presidential candidates against him. That was evident during the debates when they showed hostility toward Romney.In his New Hampshire victory, Republican contender John McCain totally recovered from his campaign's financial meltdown months earlier when the perception was created that his campaign was broke. With former Mayor Rudy Giuliani not making a serious effort in the early primaries, it gave McCain the opportunity to monopolize most of the liberal, moderate Republican vote as well as the independents. He worked vigorously with his town meeting campaign approach. Romney did go on to win his former home state of Michigan in addition to the Nevada caucus. But after that he would lose the critical primaries in South Carolina and Florida to McCain. This situation gave McCain momentum going into Super Tuesday. The official Republican Queens County Organization was supporting Rudy Giulliani. However, after he withdrew, they announced their support for John McCain for president. During that period, newspaper endorsements continued for McCain. These endorsements were also critical of Romney. They criticized him for shifting his positions on issues and only serving four years as governor rather than eight years. He was also criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience
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