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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney complained yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security is inefficient and requires major restructuring.

At a coffee-and-donuts meeting in Pelham, N.H., with about 100 supporters, Mr. Romney said the department does some things well, but it has challenges rooted in the fact that it is made up of different agencies “stuck in one big bureaucracy,” the Associated Press reports.

If he were president, he would shift the allocation of homeland security dollars from an emphasis on first responders to prevention through intelligence, Mr. Romney said.

c Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@ washington times.com.