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Mitt Romney praises Olympic security, restates no interest in 2016 run

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and the GOP presidential candidate in 2012 who lost to President Barack Obama, praised Russia for their security measures at the Winter Olympics. While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Nation” television program on Sunday, Romney stated that he believes the Winter Olympics in Sochi have been kept reasonably safe, according to a Los Angeles Times report on Sunday.

He also believes that security threats have been overblown. Yet, he asserts that there is no such thing as a 100 percent guarantee regarding safety at the current events in Russia, he believes that people now feel pretty comfortable that the Olympic Games will be safe. Romney was the CEO and president of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 years ago.

Romney also reasserted his stance that he will not be running for president in 2016. When asked a question on the topic, he said, “I’m not Ronald Reagan. I think that’s been pointed out to me before. And I’m not running for president.” About the future of the Republican Party’s chances for the Oval Office in 2016, he said, “We’ve got some very good people who are considering the race, and I’m looking forward to supporting someone who I think will have the best shot of defeating whoever it is the Democrats put up.”

When the subject turned to potential Democrats running in 2016 and Hillary Clinton’s name came up, Romney bashed Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton by saying that the former president had embarrassed the nation with his Monica Lewinsky scandal. However, he indicated that Hillary Clinton has some issues of her own – and he doesn’t believe the Clinton-Lewinsky affair is going to be an issue in 2016.

Sen. Rand Paul is the Republican politician who has reignited the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal in recent weeks by publicly having brought the topic up several times.