“There’s no such thing as a 100% guarantee, but I think at this stage people feel pretty comfortable that the Games will be safe,” he told
Romney, the president and CEO of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, credited Russia for how it has deployed its security forces and intelligence work during the Games, which run through Feb. 23.
On whether he would make a third run for the
Romney was asked about the current Democratic favorite, former Secretary of State
Bill Clinton led the country during largely positive economic times, Romney said, but added that he had also "embarrassed the nation" with Lewinsky.
"He breached his responsibility, I think, as an adult and as a leader in this relationship, and I think that's very unfortunate," Romney said. "But I don't think that's Hillary Clinton's to explain."
He said Hillary Clinton will have plenty to discuss about her own record should she become her party's nominee. "I don't imagine that Bill Clinton is going to be a big part of it," he added.
Romney also took a shot at the reported $50-billion price tag for the Sochi Games, saying the Olympics could be put on for $2 billion or $3 billion and suggesting that the extra money could be used for more important goals, such as fighting poverty and disease.
"You don't need to spend $50 billion as Russia has, or as China did" and waste money to "show off a country" or so that "politicians can be puffed up and shown around the world," he said.
While saying the
Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and the state’s capital,
"Everybody that touches the Olympics that I've ever seen has said it was one of the greatest experiences of their life. … Boston would love it if the Games came home," he said.