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Romney Criticizes Bush War 'Errors'

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By Michael D. Shear
Friday, May 11, 2007

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told CBS News's Mike Wallace that the Bush administration made "a number of errors" in the prosecution of the Iraq war.

"I don't think we were adequately prepared for what occurred. I don't think we did enough planning. I don't think we considered the various downsides and risks," says Romney, according to a transcript of Sunday's "60 Minutes" released Thursday.

But the Republican presidential hopeful said Bush's "surge" strategy deserves time to work.

Romney, a Mormon, also told Wallace that he did not break his church's stricture against premarital sex before he married his wife, Ann.

In the interview, Romney also described the faith's since-banned practice of allowing multiple wives as "troubling" and said, "I must admit, I can't imagine anything more awful than polygamy."

On religion, Romney described his belief in a creator and described his faith as more than a "temporary convenience."

"This isn't just some temporary convenience here on Earth, but we're people that are designed to live together as male and female and we're going to have families," he said. "And that, there's a great line in the Bible that children are an inheritance of the Lord and happy is he who has or hath his quiver full of them."

Giuliani to Reaffirm Abortion Stance

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani travels today to Houston Baptist University for a campaign speech on economics and national security. But the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination is likely to confront the topic that has overshadowed him for more than a week: abortion.

Giuliani's advisers say today's speech will focus broadly on his standard themes, including "the two T's -- taxes and terrorism." But sources said the forum will give Giuliani a fresh opportunity to address his support for abortion rights. On that, he will leave no doubt that his position has not changed, they said.

The lone candidate in the GOP field to favor abortion rights, Giuliani has been criticized for appearing to duck and weave on the issue in last week's debate in California. Asked whether the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade should be overturned, Giuliani waffled, saying essentially that it would be okay either way.

His rivals pounced, accusing him of waffling on an issue of conscience. His explanation -- that he supports a woman's right to choose but "hates abortion" and will appoint "strict constructionist" judges who are likely to overrule Roe -- could still leave voters to wonder which side he's on.

Additionally, Giuliani and the other declared White House contenders are required to file personal financial disclosure reports next week. In advance of that, the New York Post reported that Giuliani received $11.4 million in speaking fees last year. He no longer receives compensation for speeches.

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