Romney: Give Giuliani the ‘Benefit of the Doubt’

By Nitya

Nov 30, 2007 4:14pm

ABC News’ Matt Stuart Reports: Republican hopeful Mitt Romney faced a barrage of questions in Cedar Rapids, IA today regarding the story originally reported in the Politico, suggesting that fmr. NY Mayor Giuliani tried to hide security expenses related to visiting his then girlfriend, now wife, Judith, at her home in the hamptons.

Speaking with reporters, Romney said Giuliani should get "the benefit of the doubt," and that "we ought to give him the opportunity to address that as he feels appropriate."

Romney also suggested that Giuliani’s current explanation did not suffice.  When asked if he thought Giuliani’s response was adequate. In reports today, Giuliani said, "We’ve already explained it," Romney stated that "let’s let him have an ample chance to look at the history and explain what he feels is needed."

Romney began his press availability by going after Huckabee, claiming "He talks about his desire to reign in spending but as Governor he took spending from just over $6 billion to $16 billion and he financed that by raising taxes time and again."

In facing questions of Huckabee’s rise catching up to Romney in the Iowa polls, Romney was silent for a moment before saying, "Sorry.  I don’t have any particular comment on that."  Romney has previously boasted that he has spent more time and money in Iowa than other presidential candidate but has tried to brush off questions of whether that means he expects to win in Iowa.

Finally, Romney continued to leave to the door wide open on the issue of waterboarding, saying he "Won’t say whether I support waterboarding or whether I oppose waterboarding."

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