Has Mitt Romney joined his father as one of the rare "peace candidates" in a GOP primary? Is he trying to suck up Chuck Hagel’s space? Or does he just think that Sam Brownback might have been on to something?
In any case, Duncan Hunter found his prey and is attacking:
"Romney is absolutely wrong in recommending a secret timetable," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., tells ABC News in a telephone interview while campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Secret timetables are bad because in the end they all become public and the enemy uses them to estimate the limit on America’s endurance."
Later on in the day, ABC noted that the "secret timetable" approach was similar to the discredited plan offered by Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR):
ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Gov. Mitt Romney’s, R-Mass., call this morning for a set of timetables for withdrawal from Iraq — private timetables unknown to the public — bears some striking similarities to an idea hatched and endorsed by Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas.
Pryor has been alone in his calls for a classified timetable and has drawn skepticism from the reporters who wrote about them, as well as his Democratic and Republican colleagues who would not support them.
What is Romney about here? Is this just another media gaffe? I did notice that he gave a very mealy-mouthed statement early on.