Romney Olympics led to success - with some help

February 20 [Mon], 2012, 16:25
Over and over, Mitt Romney takes credit for turning around the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City bribery scandal and says to after the success of the games is one big reason he Should Be president.
"My leadership helped save the Olympics from scandal and give our American athletes the chance to make us all proud," Romney said the night he won the Florida primary, His biggest victory of the Republican nomination fight so far.
He'll put His time running the Olympics back in the spotlight Saturday When He speaks at a major celebration honoring the 10-year anniversary of the games. Romney plans to tell the crowd how His time running the Olympics is a Fundamental Part of the resume he's relying on as he runs for president.
But the credit is deserved? And how much toms shoes credit really goes to the federal government, which effectively ended up paying nearly $ 600 million directly to support Olympic projects, much of it after Romney's urging?
People who Worked with Romney on the games do give credit while emphasizing he HAD HIM help.
"Did he save the games on His Own, no," said Lane Beattie, who was the president of the Utah Senate were at the time and was the liaison with the committee's been Romney ran. But he "absolutely" made Them more successful.
Romney Took over the games in 1999 after leaders ITS Were Accused of sending money to members of the International Olympic Committee to help Salt Lake City win the games.
Romney ran the Olympic committee "like a business," Beattie said. "He Demanded excellence and he Brought in incredible people .... It was not to Mitt. What he did was bring in the best and the brightest he Could find and put Them in the right place."
Romney acknowledges he HAD help. The Salt Lake Olympic Committee ran to more than $ 1.4 billion effort over many years and Conducted Involving Thousands of people. Still, he has made Himself the very public face of the effort, Claiming Personally he cut millions from the budget, major companies wooed and won sponsorships Toms Himself and the whole endeavor pulled back from the brink of failure. His record in Salt Lake was the cornerstone of His run for governor in Massachusetts, a campaign he Announced in March 2002, just weeks after the games Concluded. And now, in the presidential campaign, he is unambiguous.
"The Olympics also led out of the shadows of scandal," he Told conservative activists in a speech in Washington this month.
Some critics say that's an oversell, and Salt Lake's problems fixing That was Primarily an image problem.
"Mitt, he was a great image for the games, he did Instill confidence in people, but to say he saved us, that's misplaced," said Ken Bullock, who served on the organizing committee board. "It's something you can put on your resume, but I think you have to be careful of embellishing or padding your resume."
Also Romney never acknowledges he got some help on the trail: millions from the federal government. His aides say much of it was for Increased security costs after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Were the games held about five months later and security costs rose astronomically Afterwards.