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New Romney Video Attacks Perry's Immigration Policy 

Bill Clark/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Mitt Romney campaign debuted a new campaign video Thursday on Fox News' Hannity that featured sound from the former president of Mexico praising Texas Gov. Rick Perry for welcoming migrants into his state's universities.

In the video, former President Vicente Fox says he is publicly recognizing Perry and the state of Texas for "having taken that step forward when you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas."

The video, a hit on Gov. Perry's position on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, was described by Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan as being inaccurate and misleading.

"Awful close, Sean, to crossing the line, and it's fundamentally wrong," said Sullivan to host Sean Hannity.

When asked to point out the inaccuracies in the ad, Sullivan did not provide an exact example of the errors but classified the entire context of the ad as being wrong.

“The whole context of it. Perry has done more to secure that border than anyone in the country. Four hundred million state dollars, Texas Rangers, boots on the ground, support for local law enforcement. Our law enforcement officers in our state, not the feds, have been shot at across that river. We deal with this issue every day. Fight this issue every day and have a solid plan to secure that border.”

Perry has released ads throughout the week attempting to portray Romney as a flip-flopper. One ad suggested the former Massachusetts governor changed his position on Race to the Top, a program initiated by the Obama administration, in just one day’s span.

Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom responded to the video, which was also broadcast on the show, by saying the video makes him think the Perry campaign has "Edward Scissorhands as their researcher."

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Gingrich Takes to Airwaves First Time as Official Presidential Candidate

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hours after announcing his candidacy via Twitter, Newt Gingrich took to the airwaves Wednesday night for the first time as an official presidential candidate, acknowledging the political landscape has changed since his last time in office 12 years ago when Seinfeld, the Spice Girls and pagers reigned. 

“A lot has changed, and I think for the country the fascinating thing is that there's a lot of principles that haven't changed,” Gingrich said on Fox News' Hannity show.  “I think if you apply the right principles to achieve the right results, that we can win the future together.  I don't think that having a president who applies the wrong principles and gets the wrong results is going to lead to winning the future.”

Gingrich credited his desire to be the next president to his family's commitment to “duty, honor, country,” the need to rid the country of liberal policies, and his dedication to citizenship.

He conceded President Obama will be tough to beat in 2012, saying the president will “say whatever he needs to win” and will be aided by the mainstream media, left-wing billionaires, unions and the Hollywood crowd working to pump money into the billion-dollar Obama campaign.

Gingrich has faced criticism of his own as media reports of his murky past have increased in the lead up to his announcement, but the former speaker declared he's learned from his past.

“If you're a conservative, you have to start with the assumption that you're not going to get an even break from the elite media,” Gingrich said. ”It's fair to say that I am more mature.  I've had time to reflect on what worked and didn't work.”

Gingrich touted initiatives from his time as speaker of the House, from welfare reform to balancing the budget, and argued leadership experience equips him with the ability to bring the country back to economic prosperity with conservative principles.

Gingrich said he hopes to establish another “Contract with America,” and thinks the Gingrich presidency could balance the budget in five years.

On the foreign policy front, Gingrich commended Obama for making the tough decisions on Osama bin Laden while criticizing him for not taking a more forceful approach with Iran and Gadhafi in Libya and Iran.

Gingrich did not poke at any other potential 2012 Republican candidates but said he is keeping a steady eye on Obama.

“The only competitor I think about is President Obama,” he said.

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Sarah Palin Addresses Her Public Image in Wake of Tucson Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In her first interview since the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Sarah Palin spoke Monday night with conservative commentator Sean Hannity on Fox News, where she is also a paid contributor.

A subdued and somewhat somber Palin discussed the shooting and its aftermath, saying, "we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve."

But the former Alaska governor ardently defended her statements from both before and after the deadly rampage. She insisted that the map her political action committee used last year to place Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district in crosshairs was hardly original political imagery.

"Democrats have been using it for years," she said, adding that she had been "falsely accused of being accessory to murder."

The criticism from the left and some in the media was politically motivated, said Palin. "Those on the left hate my message and will do all that they can to stop me."

Palin asserted that some of the continued focus on her after the shootings was meant to derail Republican action in Washington and "divert and distract from issues at hand that must be addressed today."

Palin seemed most irate over the notion that her reaction to the shootings has been insensitive. "The most frustrating part," she told Hannity, "is the idea that we have interjected ourselves into this story."

Palin justified her video statement on Facebook last week saying, "My defense wasn't self-defense, it was defending those who were falsely accused."

Several times during the interview, Palin made a point of saying, "This isn't about me." Quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., she said she is speaking out because "a lie cannot live."

That language might be designed to counter souring public opinion. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, out Monday, only 30 percent of Americans approve of the way Palin responded to the Tucson shootings, compared with 78 percent approval for President Obama's response. Forty-six percent of those polled disapprove of Palin's response, including 32 percent who say that they "strongly disapprove."

Perhaps more troubling for the Palin team, fewer than half of Republicans -- 48 percent -- say they approve of her response.

Palin also dodged questions about whether she would run for president, but said, "I am going to continue to speak out. They are not going to shut me up. … I'll take the darts and the arrows because I know others have my back, and I have their back."

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