SALT LAKE CITY -- Over and over, Mitt Romney takes credit for turning around the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City after a bribery scandal and says the success of the games is one big reason he should be president.
"My leadership helped save the Olympics from scandal and give our American athletes the chance to make us all proud," Romney said the night he won the Florida primary, his biggest victory of the Republican nomination fight so far.
He'll put his time running the Olympics back in the spotlight Saturday when he speaks at a major celebration honoring the 10-year anniversary of the games. Romney plans to tell the crowd how his time running the Olympics is a fundamental part of the resume he's relying on as he runs for president.
But is the credit deserved? And how much credit really goes to the federal government, which ended up paying nearly $600 million directly to support Olympic projects, much of it after Romney's urging?