Romney: Can’t Account for Craig’s Actions

Aug 28, 2007 1:29pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Former governor Mitt Romney said Tuesday that he shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of Sen. Larry Craig, who until Monday night was "co-Senate liaison" for his presidential campaign.

Romney, R-Mass., said in an interview on Bloomberg TV that he hadn’t spoken with Craig since news of his arrest and guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges surfaced on Monday.

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"I’m going to have a lot of supporters; if I’m lucky enough to get elected I’ll have about 50.1 percent," Romney said. "I’m not going to be able to account for all of their behavior, I don’t think it reflects on me, and I don’t know the particulars in this case. I wish him well, but I’ll worry about my own behavior, and also about making sure we take the appropriate action when people in any way violated any degree of public trust."

Craig, R-Idaho, has been among Romney’s most prominent supporters in the Senate. But he resigned from his formal role with the campaign after Roll Call reported details of his guilty plea on Monday.

Craig also recorded a short video talking about his support for Romney, which was available on YouTube.com until the Romney campaign moved to make it "private" on Monday.

In the video, a copy of which was obtained by Talking Points Memo, Craig says: "Knowing Governor Mitt Romney is knowing somebody who first and foremost has very strong family values. That’s something I grew up with and believe in."

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