It didn't take long for Mitt Romney to talk about John McCain and Michigan or Fred Thompson to basically label Mike Huckabee a Democrat in the FOX News South Carolina presidential debate Thursday night.
The first question of the night centered around the economy. Romney cited McCain's recent comment that some of the jobs lost in Michigan won't be coming back. Romney said he disagreed with that statement. McCain hit back by saying he won the New Hampshire primary, in part, by telling people things they don't want to hear. He said the key would be training and education for those who have lost their jobs.
Thompson immediately rattled off a list of charges against Mike Huckabee: that he raised taxes as Governor, that he called the Bush administration's foreign policy "arrogant," that he supported college scholarships for illegal immigrants . . . etc . . .
Most of the things Thompson said were true. Huckabee responded by invoking Ronald Reagan, noting that Reagan raised taxes while Governor of California. He also went on to talk about the old Reagan Democrats -- middle class, blue-collar Republicans -- who don't feel part of the party.
This debate is in South Carolina, but there have been far more references so far to Michigan.