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1/27/2014 (1 year ago)

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Former Republican presidential candidate says Russia has done good job with Olympic security

Running against U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012, former republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't mince words. On the eve of the Winter Olympics, Romney says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has outperformed Obama "time and time again."

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney managed the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, just months after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney managed the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, just months after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/27/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Mitt romeny, Winter Olympics, Obama, Putin, security


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The former Massachusetts Governor suggested that America's stature on the international political scene over the past several months has "diminished," while Russia has managed to "elevate" its position.

In a scathing interview on NBC News, Romney said "I think most observers of the international political scene suggest that Russia has elevated itself in stature and America has been diminished."

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Romney managed the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, just months after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He expressed confidence that the Sochi Winter Olympics will be safe for visitors, saying he would have no qualms about taking his own family to Russia to watch the Games.

"There's never been a Games that I know of that has been so targeted for specific threats as you're seeing at Sochi. At the same time, the level of security preparations appears to be at an unprecedented level," Romney said.

"I believe the Games will be safe. That doesn't mean there's a 100 percent guarantee anywhere in the world today. But this is, after all, a dangerous corner of the world.

"The specific threats that have been leveled suggest that this is an area that could be targeted and therefore there's a degree of risk associated with, well frankly life today in a world where terrorism exists."

With such malcontents as the Black Widow terrorists and other specific women that appear to pose a threat to the safety of the Games, Romney is confident about the safety about he event. 

"Extraordinary intelligence work - that's what happened with our Games that gave me confidence that they'd be safe," he said.

"Now and then we'll hear reports of an individual they're looking for - that suggests they have pretty good intelligence so all in all, it seems to be a very effective security program, but again, no 100 per cent guarantee."

Romney maintained a harsh anti-Russian stance while campaigning as President back in 2012. Denouncing Russia as a "geopolitical adversary" of the United States, he added that Russia's "friends are some of the world's worst actors." He also said that this is not justification enough to keep the Games away from the country.

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