Speaking to ABC News following the release of state polls showing Romney leading in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden suggested that Giuliani, who sits atop the national polls, was late in offering his vision. Romney released his 10-point plan, which he refers to as "Ten Issues America Must Address to Remain the Economic and Military Superpower," last year.
"Governor Romney has gained steady support with Republicans over the last few months exactly because he has gained notice as the idea-driven, issue-focused candidate," Madden told ABC News. "Others are only just finding these ideas in an effort to support their name identification levels now."
Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the Giuliani campaign, countered Madden by arguing that the mayor's priorities, while newly packaged as his "12 Commitments to the American People," are not new to him, and that they flow from the record he compiled in New York.
"This campaign should be about ideas," Comella told ABC News, "and we welcome the discussion."
ABC News' Nik Bonovich contributed to this report.