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  • Romney Considers U.S. Presidential Race


    06/21/05

    Mitt Romney in 2002 at an Around the Rings Newsmaker Breakfast in Park City. (ATR) 
    (ATR) The former president of the Salt Lake City Olympics acknowledges he is thinking about running for U.S. President in 2008. Mitt Romney, now governor of Massachusetts, confirms he's "testing the waters" for a presidential bid, according to AP.

    Romney was named SLOC president in early 1999 when the IOC vote-buying scandal threatened to drag down the Utah Games. The 2002 Winter Olympics ended up with a $100 million surplus.

    Romney, 58, was elected Massachusetts governor just months after the Games ended. A Republican in a state known as a stronghold of Democratic politics, Romney has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2008.

    Romney has traveled to Republican events in the other states to deliver speeches and a political action committee formed by supporters has raised $250,000.

    He has one year left in his gubernatorial term and has not confirmed whether he will seek re-election. That decision will come in the fall Romney says.

    His father George, a popular Michigan governor, abandoned a run for the presidency in 1964.

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