Early primary voting schedule means candidates will try to distance themselves from rivals any way they can. GOP leaders Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are slinging more mud than previously. Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee gains strength and consolidates the Christian conservative vote. Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant, speaks with Steve Inskeep.
A former adviser to Romney, McCain, and others shares his outlook for the 2008 race Mike Murphy has worked as a campaign strategist for some of the biggest names in today's Republican Party, including Governors Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger and two current Presidential candidates: Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. His allegiances