Romney did not indicate how the timetables he favors would be kept private nor did he indicate what steps he thinks the United States should take if the Iraqi government were to fail to meet the privately established timetables and milestones.
Previously, he has warned that the desire for a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq should be balanced with a recognition that, in his view, "if Iraq descends into all-out civil war, millions could die," Iraq's Sunni region "could become a base for al Qaeda," Iraq's Shia region "could be seized by Iran," Kurd tension "could destabilize Turkey" and "even the broader Middle East could be drawn into conflict."
"For these reasons," Romney said in his Feb. 13 formal declaration of candidacy in Dearborn, Mich., "I believe that so long as there is a reasonable prospect of success, our wisest course is to seek stability in Iraq, with additional troops endeavoring to secure the civilian population."
Romney's high-profile comments about the Iraq War came one day after his presidential bid received a major boost from first quarter fundraising totals.
By raising $21 million in the first quarter, Romney outraised both of his better known rivals for the GOP's presidential nomination.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who led the city through the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, raised $15 million, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is making his second presidential run, raised $12.5 million.
ABC News' Paul Fidalgo contributed to this report.