Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Winter Olympics as a test of Romney's security creds

Here's something unusual.

Mitt Romney turns the The 2002 Winter Olympics (often used as a testament to the former Gov's economic credentials), into a platform for his national security chops .

Of course, it's Hugh Hewitt pushing him down the path, but as Romney moves into a national security frame of mind, let's see if he continues running with it.

Thursday's radio show with Hewitt:

HH: Governor Romney, at the time of 9/11, you were preparing to stage the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. And today, the Vice President made reference to the time in which enhanced interrogation techniques were used, the fear, the immediate fear of additional attacks coming in. What was that level of concern for people who have forgotten it from your perspective?

MR: Well, I certainly recall that we were very, very concerned that our Olympic games would be a potential site of attack, and we wondered whether there would be other attacks prior or subsequent to that event. I was in Washington at the time of the attacks. I spoke the next morning with Senator Hatch as we were thinking about preparations, and we talked together about how likely it was that another attack would be imminent.

Full transcript here.