UPDATE: After the chips have all fallen, Romney did not come as strong as Rudy Giuliani, at least note at first. He says that he needs to "study" the issue more.
From the Orlando Sentinnel:
Fresh of the press, Romney's statements:
I support the NASA program, the president's vision program, which consists of a manned space mission back to the moon, as well as an ongoing mission to Mars, and with that happy to take any questions you may have.
That sounds to me like he is dodging the commitment to send men to mars.
the key thing is to maintain the technology and the personnel that has the proprietary technology to manage a mission such as the new vision program. And so there's gonna have to be an effort to either narrow the gap or to maintain technology or to provide opportunities for the key engineers and personnel so that we don't lose the capacity to carry the program forward
I'm not prepared to make commitments without having studied things, having grown up in a sector where you study things thoroughly before you make a decision.
Tell him that he needs to start studying things right about now.
we can't afford to lose people who have proprietary technology if we're going to do a successful space program.
A tepid pledge of support, I feel. Our work is not done on Romney.