MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eager but unofficial GOP contenders for the White House are focusing their criticism on President Barack Obama and taking a kid-gloves approach to one another.
When the field does take shape, that will change. For now, it can wait.
On Friday night in early-voting New Hampshire, five likely Republican candidates took pokes almost in unison at liberals, Democrats and Obama. They denounced taxes, vilified government regulations and promised to repeal the new health care law.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney painted himself as a free-market champion and philosophical heir to the nation's founders.