Romney said that "In consultation with Generals, military experts and troops who have served on the ground in Iraq, I believe securing Iraqi civilians requires additional troops."
Mitt Romney joins John McCain as another candidate to support extra troops to try to contain the violence in Iraq. They stand in contrast to potential candidate Chuck Hagel who today called the Iraq War “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”
The Democratic National Committee have criticized Romney for his statement and have linked it to his apparent attempts to secure the conservative base of the GOP. DNC press secretary Stacie Paxton stated that "Apparently Romney will endorse any of President Bush's failed policies if it helps him run to the right, even if it means ignoring our military leaders and sending more American troops into the middle of a civil war in Iraq."