WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House hopeful Mitt Romney told CNN Thursday Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's alleged behavior was "disgraceful," but the Massachusetts Republican stopped short of calling for his one-time Senate supporter to resign.
"I think at this stage, the right course is for him to make this decision looking at his own conscience, talking to the people of Idaho, talking to his colleagues in the Senate," Romney told CNN's John King in South Carolina. "I'm not one of those. I'm going to let him make that decision."
Craig stepped down his post as one of Romney's Senate liaisons Monday night - shortly after news surfaced he was arrested in an airport bathroom and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Romney's GOP presidential rival, John McCain, told CNN Wednesday he thinks Craig should step down. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Michigan, and Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota, have also called on Craig to resign.
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