(CNN) – Mitt Romney on Thursday added his voice to the chorus calling for women to be allowed to join Augusta National Golf Club.
When asked if women should be admitted, the Republican presidential frontrunner responded: "Of course."
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"I am not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify. My golf game is not that good," Romney told reporters after an energy-themed event in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. "Certainly if I were a member, if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, of course I'd have women into Augusta."
Earlier Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama's "personal opinion is women should be admitted."
The private Georgia golf club, which hosts the Masters Tournament that started Thursday, has not allowed women members since it opened in 1933.
The debate landed in the national spotlight recently because IBM, the tournament's sponsor, has a new female CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the club has always extended membership to the company's officers. Rometty has not stated publicly whether she is interested in club membership.
Critics have called on August National to offer Rometty its traditional jacket, while Augusta's chairman has dodged the prickly issue of female membership.
"All issues of membership are now and have historically been subject to the private deliberation of members," Billy Payne said Wednesday.
Although no women are thought to be members, they are allowed to play the course as guests.
– CNN's Peter Hamby and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.