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Mitt Romney joins group looking into Boston bid for 2024 Olympics

Will Mitt Romney successfully lobby to bring the Olympics to Boston?
Posted By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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(UPI) -- Mitt Romney supporters touted his management of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics during his 2012 bid for the presidency. A year later, a volunteer group of Bostonites asked him to help them consider the Massachusetts city for a 2024 Olympic bid.

Several Boston-area leaders have recruited the former Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor as an advisor on any potential application.

“Boston would be a fantastic place for the summer Games,” Romney told the Boston Globe on Saturday. “It would be a marvelous community-building experience for Boston, and I think the people who would enjoy the games with or without tickets would say it was one of the best experiences of their life.”

"It's a huge-impact event. It's like 20 Super Bowls all at once," he said. "The transportation has to be completely redone. The fundraising and marketing of the Games is extensive. It’s an amazing undertaking."

In response to critics who claim hosting the events costs too much money and only benefits the tourism industry, Romney said that hosting duties aren't about money.

“Hosting the Olympics is about serving the world and providing service to athletes and people from almost every country," he told the Globe. "If it’s seen as a chance for Boston to serve as America’s host to the world, that can be a fantastic experience.”

Boston has to apply in 2015 if they decide to place a bid.

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