Romney Responds To Email Controversy

While most of the Republican presidential candidates appeared at an event in Iowa Saturday night, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held a town hall meeting here in Peterborough, N.H.

He addressed the controversy over email records from his administration. Romney says his staff members were allowed to buy their government-issued hard drives as a way to protect privacy.

Romney was asked why his staff bought their hard drives when no other administration before had.

"Hard drives have the information of emails," Romney said. "They have information that can be confidential and private and can be obtained...if you're not going to make something public you don't make it public."

Romney said the hard drives might well have contained privileged and medical information. He did not explain why his staff was the first to be allowed to buy back their hard drives.

This program aired on November 20, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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