July 26th, 2012
02:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Video: Romney: Olympic experience helped me

(CNN) - In an interview with Piers Morgan, Mitt Romney says running the 2002 Winter Olympics has prepared him to govern the U.S.

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  1. Keeping it Real

    And Obama was a "community organizer". It sounds like Romney is infinitely more qualified than Obama.

    July 26, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why is Mitt Romney campaigning from overseas? Just because you state that you will not insult your political foe abroad, should also mean that you shouldn't make statements while abroad that your opponent would want to refute. Add another click to the Gaffe-O-Meter. It's sitting at "5".

    July 26, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Publius Novus

    There are precious few occurences or events in anyone's life that prepare them, experientially, for the presidency. It is possible that Washington's experience as the leader of the Continental forces during the War for Independence was preparatory. It is likely that Eisenhower's experience as Supreme Allied Commander provided relevant and comparable experience. But it is certain beyond any doubt that organizing Olympic games does not. Mr. Romney is delusional, possibly dangerously delusional.

    July 26, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Sure it did. And being born rich helped him to be a well-rounded, empathic and sociable person with no narcissistic tendencies.


    July 26, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Jules

    Did it help you see just how helpful the government can be when dealing with a big and difficult problem? For example needing hundreds of millions for the Olympics, poverty, healthcare, equal rights. freeways and bridges, man on the moon, military action when warranted, including taking out the #1 enemy Bin Laden. Yes indeed, the Olympics should have taught Romney something – but apparently, he's a slow learner.

    July 26, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The problem is that goverment bailouts in the amount of $1.2 billion saved the Salt Lake olympics. If Mittens thinks that getting bailouts makes you a leader, he is not ready for prime time.

    July 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. 2020

    This man will say anything to anyone under any circumstance.

    At home, he said his business experience helped him best to manage Olympics.

    Abroad, where no one knows who he is, claimed his Olympics experience helped him governed Mass.

    Well based on his Governing record, none of these experienced helped Romney. He has a record of 47th rank in job creation.

    He offshored American jobs.

    None of these qualifies him to be president.

    July 26, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. anthony78

    You know what else helped Romney.. millions in GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

    He does realize there is such thing as documented history of what actually happens in this country, right?

    He's making it too easy.

    July 26, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    OK, then.

    So, will Mitt be passing out Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to GOPer folks who endorsed him, or is he speaking metaphorically as in "I needed a Government bailout to keep the 2002 Olympics on track and understand that Red State America ... indeed, ALL of America, constantly needs Government bailouts too - scratch my back, I'll scratch yours - mentality?

    Otherwise, Mitt - as usual - is way off base with his Olympic porportioned superiority complex syndrome.

    July 26, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. harvey 60

    How much government money did he direct to his buddies in no-bid contracts?

    July 26, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Progressives = Progressive Liberal Cancer

    >Wire Palladin, S. F. – getting bailouts makes you a leader, he is not ready for prime time.

    And yet Obama holds the GM bailout as showing leadership. So by YOUR definition Obama is NOT ready for prime time. But of course, we already knew that from his performance over the last 4 years.

    July 26, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Keeping it Real wrote:

    And Obama was a "community organizer". It sounds like Romney is infinitely more qualified than Obama.
    One guy worked with people, volunteering his time to improve communities at the grass roots level.
    One guy worked with people's money, making profits for himself and his investors at record levels.

    I know which guy has a better understanding of what's needed to improve the people of the middle class. They guy who used to be one. The guy who knows what it is like to lived on food stamps, and helped to uplift others from that circumstance. I know which guy has lived in a bubble all of his life, too.

    July 26, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The only interest Romney had in the Olympics was money from Government bid contracts and kickbacks.

    July 26, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    @Keeping it Real – And Obama was a "community organizer". It sounds like Romney is infinitely more qualified than Obama.
    And now Obama has FOUR yrs under his belt. That's WAY more experience than Willard will ever have. Let's not forget that his 2002 Winter Olympics (those are the smaller ones BTW) experience sure did get him experience at working with the Federal handouts/bailouts that he's NOW so adamantly whining about. Without the US Govt assistance, his Olmypic dream would have ended up in the trash.

    July 26, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    @Progressives = Progressive Liberal Cancer – And yet Obama holds the GM bailout as showing leadership.
    He does, and should. It saved 100's of 1,000's of middle and working-class jobs across the country. Willard was for letting them fail. Where was your spoutrage when Dubya bailed out the "too big to fail" Banks with his $850 BILLION TARP program. Mirror, mirror...

    July 26, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. kayla

    the man is as fake as a thousand dollar bill

    July 26, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    Of course Governor Romney is more qualified than President Obama and Obama is in over his head and has been getting on the job-training but he still doesn't have the academics for the job. Unfortunately, Obama didn't bother to even work in the real world or work in a government office or run a state or city and get real experience. He was a community organizer getting people to take action, protest, worked part-time as a Lecturer and only worked 4 years as a junior lawyer, that's it for work experience, never dealth with budgets, bills, staff, permits, rules, etc... This is why he's not the right man for this job and we can't afford another 4 years of President Obama.

    July 26, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. ST

    Romney talking about vision in Olympics?? That was the vision on games and not the same one which is applied in improving the well being of people!

    July 26, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. CVBCT

    This is a non story CNN! Obama has had plenty of gaffs and has caused embarrassment to America the past four years.

    July 26, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. rs

    Not by much judging from today's news....

    July 26, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the Olympic comparison is that the presidency doesn't have one set of events that have an end point but is a constant set of problems that creep up and require constant attention and revisement of plans. The Olympics eventually ends for one host city.

    July 26, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    All I want to know is when does the Curling start? Do I really have to wait until 2014?

    July 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |