—McCain strategist Steve Schmidt accuses Romney of pandering to voters in Michigan, likens his position shifts to John Kerry’s, targets his “rather weak record” in Massachusetts. McCain’s aides and allies also said they’re far better prepared to deal with any attacks, unlike in 2000.
—Romney hikes expectations for McCain in South Carolina.
–Unnamed Huckabee adviser issues a warning: “I think the free pass for McCain is over. The next few days in South Carolina will be rough and tumble.”