Kristi Yamaguchi: ‘Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope’
By NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Restore Our Future is going up with an ad featuring Olympic athletes touting how Mitt Romneyturned around the 2002 Olympic games.
“Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope,” says famed figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in the ad. Yamaguchi won a gold medal in the 1992 and was an ambassador for the 2002 games. She also donated the maximum to Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
“Mitt gets things done,” says Jimmy Shea, who won the 2002 gold medal in Skeleton. “He changed my life.”
“It meant a lot to athletes like myself to be able to realize our dreams,” says speed-skating gold medalist Derek Parra.
The only other pro-Romney ad run this general election has also been by Restore Our Future. Americans continue to have a more negative than positive impression of the former Massachusetts governor, according to the NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. Just 35 percent viewed him favorably in the latest poll out this month, while 40 percent viewed him negatively.
Here's the script:
Kristi Yamaguchi: As an athlete, you're training your whole life for that one moment at the Olympics.
Narrator: But America's Winter Olympics were mired in scandal and deficits. They turned to Mitt Romney.
Fraser Bullock: He faced a 400 million dollar budget deficit and turned that around to a hundred million dollar surplus.
Narrator: And after September 11th, Romney delivered the Olympics safe and secure.
Jimmy Shea: Mitt gets things done. He changed my life.
Kristi Yamaguchi: Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope.
Derek Parra: Mitt allowed athletes like myself to be able to realize our dreams.
Narrator: Restore our Future is responsible for the content of this message.