Romney on Olympics bid: Thanks, but no thanks
April 30th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney on Olympics bid: Thanks, but no thanks

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is happy to offer advice and counsel to San Diego's committee bidding for the Olympic Games, but he does "not intend to take a management position with the committee," according to Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat, told the Associated Press over the weekend that he wants the former Massachusetts governor, who's been credited with saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, to head up the 2024 bid for San Diego and its neighboring city, Tijuana, Mexico.

While running for president last year, Romney and surrogates frequently pointed to his leadership during the 2002 games, which faced scandal and financial struggles until Romney came on board.

Romney attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London during his campaign for president. While in the city, he stirred controversy when he seemingly offered criticism of a few things he found "disconcerting" about the handling of the Games in London.

In the interview with NBC, Romney said there were three elements that made an Olympic Games successful: athletes, volunteers, and the people living in the country where the competition takes place.

"Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?" Romney said of the third element. "That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin."

He later added in a meeting with Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour opposition party, that mistakes were inevitable when it comes to the Olympics.

"My experience with regards to the Olympics is it is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur," Romney said. "Of course there will be errors from time to time, but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character and determination by the athletes."

Romney has strong ties to Southern California, as he owns a coastal home in La Jolla outside of San Diego.

He currently serves as a chairman of Solamere Capital's executive committee based in Boston. The investment firm was founded by his eldest son, Tagg.

In December, he rejoined the board of directors at Marriott International, Inc., a position he held prior to his White House bid.

Filed under: California • Mitt Romney • Olympics
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. ryche

    You go Mitt.. tell that scmbag liberal in san diego that if you aren't good enough to run the country than you aren't good enough to run their olympic bid... they'll come crawling to you when they need something... Too bad they couldnt see we needed you in 2012... so tell them to go eat crow..

    April 30, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. T

    ..............I gotta make sure my HORSEY wins GOLD.......................................or NO DEAL............

    April 30, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Nobody cares.

    April 30, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    Mitt would rather play in traffic than do anything to help a Democrat. He's still smarting over that smackdown the POTUS put on him last November.

    April 30, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Bob

    Why should alexithymic Mitt care about the Olympics now that he's not RESUME BUILDING for the job at the White House anymore?

    April 30, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Lionel

    What about country first Romney. I guess he is no longer campaigning so he does not care to take charge.

    Enjoy those millions in Swiss and Cayman Island accounts at the expense of those workers who lost their pensions and livelihood.

    April 30, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    I live in San Diego, and have lived here 40 years. If I may be permitted to set the Romney angle aside ...

    My city is no way and no how able to support the colossal money pit known as the Olympics. We don't have the infrastructure, nor can we afford it. Weak tax base: we're still in double-digit unemployment here. San Diego is small, a concatenation of suburbs. Surrounding us are oceans, Mexico, and mountain ranges. What or whom gets bulldozed?

    Love ya, Mayor Filner, but fuggedaboutit. Seriously.

    April 30, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Yeah, the first time was a stepping stone...

    April 30, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Justin G

    Democrats wanting Romney help why on earth would they want that? Maybe because he knows how to manage money and business, unlike our white house who couldn't pass a basic business or economics class to save their lives.

    April 30, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |

    Uh. Duh. He's a loser.

    April 30, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Mitt Romney were to get involved in another Olymics, it could cause investigators to re-open the allegations that much of the money he directed flowed through companies that were affiliated with his company, Bain Capital. He wisely declined the offer to get involved.

    April 30, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    For pete's sake the twit "saved" the Olympics with tax payer money. The only way he knows how to do anything take from the poor and give to the rich!
    Wasn't this I d I o t going to build a house in CA with car elevators? Can't he disappear into the surf and stay put?

    May 1, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |