Washington (AP) -- Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is rejecting the administration's idea of having US troops in Iraq for decades, just like in South Korea.
Romney says the parallel the administration is drawing in looking for a role for US troops in Iraq "doesn't flow naturally."
He says the objective shouldn't be a "Korea-type setting with 25-to-50,000 troops on a near permanent basis."
In an interview with the Associated Press, Romney notes the US has bases in the region. He says care should be taken to avoid doing anything that insurgents could use to claim that the US intends "to be an occupier forever."
On another issue, Romney said the decision by Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain not to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll in August was "a delightful surprise."
He says it'll give his campaign "an extraordinary boost."
(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.