ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
says Iowa and New Hampshire should hold the first presidential primary contests in the nation next year, not Florida.
Romney said Friday in Orlando that the traditional order of having Iowa and New Hampshire as the first contests should be kept.
He said deciding when to hold Florida's primary is between state Republicans and the national party and he is staying out of that dispute.
Florida GOP leaders want to set up a 10-member committee to set
a date for the primary. The way it now stands, Florida law sets the state primary for Jan. 31, which would make it first.
Florida's GOP leaders are at odds with their own national party by insisting on an earlier date.