PELHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is criticizing one of President Bush's chief domestic security accomplishments.
At a campaign appearance in New Hampshire, Romney said the Department of Homeland Security is inefficient and requires major restructuring. He says the department does some things well, but is hampered by the fact that it's made up of different agencies that he says are "stuck in one big bureaucracy."
Romney says there's a lot of duplication of effort in Washington and he would like to "take the place apart" and put it back together -- smaller, simpler and smarter.
Another challenge, according to Romney, is that the department has to answer to both the White House and Congress, which has oversight. That, he says, creates an ineffective system.
If he were president, Romney says he would shift department dollars from an emphasis on first responders to prevention through intelligence.
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