Romney: "Of course" Augusta National should allow women

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets people during a campaign stop at a Cousins Subs fast food restaurant, in Waukesha, Wis., Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
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Mitt Romney, Wisconsin
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(CBS News) TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. -- Mitt Romney on Thursday joined President Obama in agreeing that women should be admitted to the all-male Augusta National golf club.

"Well, of course," Romney said while campaigning in Tunkhannock, Pa. "I'm not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify -- my golf game is not that good, but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, but of course I'd have women in Augusta. Sure."

The controversy surrounding the club's membership came full force after longtime Masters sponsor IBM announced its new CEO would be Ginni Rometty. She, however, has said that IBM will continue its sponsorship.

Mr. Obama spokesman Jay Carney said earlier Thursday that the president's "personal opinion is that women should be admitted" as members to the golf club. Although Carney said it was "up to the club to decide," he said Obama thinks women should be allowed membership.

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