If elected president, Mitt Romney might eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the former Massachusetts governor suggested at a private fundraiser Sunday night, NBC reports.
Romney -- whose father George once led the agency -- made the comments from a Florida backyard. They were overheard by reporters outside the closed event.
"I'm going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them," Romney reportedly said. "Some eliminate, but I'm probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go.
"Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I'm not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we've got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states."
Governing has reached out to HUD officials and is awaiting a response.