By Sam Stein
WASHINGTON — Unaware that reporters were listening, Mitt Romney offered a private gathering of fundraisers on Sunday night more details than normal as to which government agencies he’d axe as president.
But even in what Romney believed to be an off-the-record setting, the former Massachusetts governor was fairly guarded. He didn’t say he would eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said it “might not be around later.” As for the Department of Education, Romney talked about consolidating it “with another agency, or perhaps [making] it a heck of a lot smaller.” But he stopped short of saying he would “get rid of it entirely,” arguing that it could serve an important role in going after teachers’ unions. FULL ARTICLE