In a new television ad released by the pro-Romney super PAC "Restore Our Future", several former U.S. Olympic athletes credit the Republican presidential nominee with leading the 2002 Olympics out of the turmoil of previous scandals and making it a model for future games.
"Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope, " 1992 Olympic figure skater, and gold medalist, Kristi Yamaguchi says in the 30 second ad.
The political commercial also touts Romney for helping erase a $400 million budget deficit and leaving the international organization with a $100 million surplus. " Mitt gets things done. He changed my life, " Jimmy Shea, an Olympic skier who won a gold medal in the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah also says in the ad that will run in battleground states across the country during the Olympic coverage of the current London Games.
" Mitt allowed athletes, like myself, to be able to realize our dreams, " Latino speed skater Derek Parra, who took the gold in the 1500 meters for the American team, states.
According to Restore Our Future spokeswoman Brittany Gross, the TV ad will run as part of a " $7.2 million Olympics ad buy that will run statewide in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin." Unsurprisingly, all states that are crucially significant to whomever wins in November between Romney and President Barack Obama, who is not mentioned in the ad.
The ad will begin airing on Tuesday, according to the independent group.