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Romney won't run for president

2/17/2014

By KATHERINE SKIBA

McClatchy-Tribune News

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney, who led the 2002 Winter Olympics in the United States, said Sunday that security threats in Sochi have not been overblown but the Russians have shown they could keep the Games "reasonably safe."

"There's no such thing as a 100 percent guarantee, but I think at this stage people feel pretty comfortable that the Games will be safe," he told NBC's "Meet the Press."

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 continue through Sunday.

On whether he would make a third run for the White House, the unsuccessful 2012 Republican nominee said he would not.

"I'm not Ronald Reagan. I think that's been pointed out to me before," Romney said. "And I'm not running for president. 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."

Romney was asked about the current Democratic favorite, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the wake of comments from likely GOP contender Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who labeled former President Bill Clinton a "sexual predator" for his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Bill Clinton led the country during largely positive economic times, Romney said, but added he also had "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 said.