Romney to Downsize Post-Super Tuesday?

By Ed O'Keefe

Feb 3, 2008 12:26am

ABC News’ Matt Stuart Reports: Mitt Romney suggested Saturday that he might reduce his staff after Super Tuesday, saying he has “a much larger staff” than may be required “as you go on to these subsequent primaries.”

The former Massachusetts governor soon backtracked, insisting, “We don’t have any plans to change our staff size.”

The conflicting statements came as Romney was traveling with the press corps from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended the funeral of Gordon Hinckley, the president of the Mormon Church.

En-route to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Romney approached the back of the plane for an impromptu talk with reporters.

When asked about his post-Tuesday plans, Romney first joked, “I hope to celebrate,” before noting a speech he had on Thursday before the Conservative Political Action Committee and a budget meeting with campaign manager Beth Myers on Wednesday.

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Speaking about the meeting, Romney said, “Back in Boston and we have a big staff. . . that’s a much larger staff than you have as you go on to these subsequent primaries.”

He then added, “So who are the people needed, where are we needed? What’s the campaign budget gonna look like? All those things.”

Romney was later asked about his comments while speaking with reporters again upon landing in Minneapolis, at which point he claimed that he and his campaign “just haven’t discussed” staff size after Tuesday’s delegate rich Super Tuesday contests.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows Romney trailing a surging Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., 2-1 nationally.

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