QUAD CITIES, IA-- Mitt Romney said his experience managing the 2002 Winter Olympics after 9/11 and as Governor of Massachusetts made him more qualified to secure the nation that other presidential candidates, including Sen. John McCain.
“I was running the Olympics at the time of September 11, 2001 and was responsible for the helping secure the thousands upon thousands of people that came to the Olympic games working with federal, state and local authorities to put together a very extensive security package that would protect our citizens and people from other countries,” Romney said. “And secondly, upon becoming Governor I worked together with leaders in our state to craft together a program that protected our state against potential homeland security threats.”
Romney’s remarks were his reaction to a question about John McCain’s new negative ad in New Hampshire at a press conference at the Bettendorf Middle School in Quad City, Iowa. The spot attacks Romney on his lack of foreign policy credentials.
“Senator McCain is an honorable person, but he’s been in the Senate for 25 years or more. People have a lot of talk there, a lot of suggestions about what other people ought to do, but I’ve actually been leading during that time. Leading the Olympics at a time when we were looking for a heightened degree of security, leading a state that was looking to put together an even stronger homeland security program.”
“I’m proud of my experiences and I’m certainly not going to detract from his experiences,” Romney said. “He has his. I have mine. We have different approaches.”