ABC News' Teddy Davis and Paul Fidalgo Report: Having outpaced his GOP rivals in first quarter fundraising, former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., made the morning show rounds Tuesday and reiterated that he is still open to tapping his personal wealth to fund his presidential race.
Appearing on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Romney voiced support for a private timetable and benchmarks for U.S. troops to get out of Iraq. He emphasized, however, that this timetable should not be for "public pronouncement." He also said that, like President Bush, he would veto a war funding bill that included a timetable for troop withdrawal, saying, "You don't publish that to your enemy." Asked what role his central casting looks and good head of hair have played in his success, Romney said, "I don't think of it that way. But I'll do my best to comb it straight tomorrow."
Asked on NBC's "Today" if his pool of contributors was one to which he could return for future funds, Romney said, "These are folks who have maxed out and are willing to work to introduce me to their friends" to solicit future campaign dollars.
Questioned about the prospect that he may at some point have to tap into his own considerable wealth to fund his presidential bid, Romney said, "Gosh, I hope as little as possible." He added, however, that he will "always keep open the very unfavorable option of writing a check for myself."
Romney also reiterated his opposition to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation, calling it "a real bust" and vowing to "repeal it" as president.
By raising $21 million in the first quarter of 2007, Romney outraised former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who raised $15 million, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who raised $12.5 million.