Romney says he has no idea who was behind phone calls in New Hampshire
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - "You've got to be kidding" was GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's incredulous response.
The question: Is he confident that no one associated with his campaign was involved in so-called push-polling?
The practice is a political attack disguised as legitimate polling. Callers portray themselves as nonpartisan members of a polling organization, then provide negative or misleading information about a candidate in an effort to discourage voting for that person.
Romney appeared taken aback because the phone calls - reported in early presidential contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire - cast aspersions on him and his Mormon faith.
The calls also raised questions about deferments he received during the Vietnam War because he was doing missionary work in France.