Romney hedges on support for GOP budget outline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Likely presidential candidate Mitt Romney is hedging on his support for a House Republican budget outline that seeks to reduce spending by cutting federal programs such as Medicare.

Romney was asked during a Friday stop in Iowa whether he would sign the Republican plan if he were president. But the former Massachusetts governor declined to answer, saying “That’s the kind of speculation that is getting the cart ahead of the horse.”

Romney emphasized he supports the goals of the House plan but will offer his own plan for reducing spending and cutting the federal deficit.

Romney sought the Republican nomination in 2008 and is expected to announce his 2012 candidacy next week. He’s in Iowa for the first time this year attending several events.