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Mitt Romney Defends Olympics Security on ‘Today': Former Salt Lake City Chief Says Sochi ‘Will Be Safe’

”The Russians have done everything humanly possible,“ the former Republican presidential candidate and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee said

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — who you’ll recall was also CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee — assured Americans that the Sochi Winter Games would be safe in an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie on Friday morning.

“There’s never been a games I know of that have been so targeted for specific threats as you’re seeing in Sochi,” Romney explained. “At the same time, the level of security preparations appears to be at an unprecedented level. So I think people can recognize that the hard sites will be safe. The athletes will be safe, spectators when they’re in the venues will be safe, but it’s the soft places you can’t be 100% certain will be entirely safe but my guess is the Russians have done everything humanly possible to protect the games.”

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Guthrie pressed the former Massachusetts governor on whether he’d take his own family to the Winter Games.

“Yeah, the answer is yes,” assured Romney. “I believe the Games will be safe, that doesn’t mean there’s a 100% guarantee anywhere in the world today. But this is, after all, a dangerous corner of the world.”