"I think Salt Lake could be different for him," he said. "I think he would certainly lend his support to having the Games back in Utah. Whether he would play some ceremonial role, I don't know. But I hope he would."
Hula said Romney might not even be a good choice to lead a bid.
"He's got the experience of running a Games under his belt. What he doesn't have is experience winning a Games for a city. It's a different thing. It's like winning a presidential election," he said.
That's an experience Romney doesn't have either, Hula said, calling an Olympic bid "a political race. It is a contest for votes. He might be very good at doing that. But it's a different skill set, a different role" than being in charge of putting on an Olympics.
Then there's the question of what joining a bid would mean for Romney.
"Why would he need to? What would he gain by that headache?" Hula asked. "It's committing the next 10 years of his life to this. If I were him, I would find more interesting things to do, less stressful things to do."
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