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Romney criticizes Sochi officials for Olympic expenses

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WASHINGTON (WHDH) - Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Sochi officials on Sunday's edition of "Meet the Press."

Romney, who was the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, talked about the expenses of 2014's Olympic Games.

"I think there's no question but that the politicians who take this money and spend $50 billion to host the world for TV appearances, I think they think it's worth it or they wouldn't spend it. A lot of that money certainly could be going into corruption as well and paying off various folks. It's a very unsavory thing," Romney said.

At the same time, Romney praised Russia for being proactive about security concerns, when asked if he thought they were overblown.

"When you have the kind of specific threats that were leveled at the games you have to take them very seriously. At the same time, I think Russia has shown not only through the application of their security forces, but also through their intelligence work, that they have the capacity to keep the games reasonably safe," Romney said.

Sunday's guests also included actor and educator Bill Nye and Tennessee rep. Marsha Blackburn, who talked about the politics of climate change.
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