President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney were once political opponents, but now the 2012 presidential nominees are teaming up to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the nation’s capital. CNN reported on Tuesday that Obama political adviser Jim Messina and Romney strategist Matt Rhoades are working together to convince the U.S. Olympic Committee that both Democrats and Republicans can come together for a common purpose.
A bipartisan cast of Democrat and Republican elected officials, as well as local professional athletes and locals, discuss in a two and a half minute video how Washington comes “together.”
The political figures include Republican Newt Gingrich, Virginia's Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis; D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, as well as Democrat Howard Dean and Republican Bob Dole. The video also includes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Washington, D.C. will compete against Boston, the San Francisco bay area, and Los Angeles, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984. The USOC will select a finalist in 2015 to bid to the International Olympic Committee. The winning bid will be announced on Sept. 15, 2017, in Lima, Peru.
A U.S. city may have a strong chance to be selected based on past and future IOC selections. The last time the Summer Olympics was held in North America was in 1996, when Atlanta hosted the Games. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Games, while the 2020 Games will be held in Tokyo. The last two Summer Olympics were held in Asia and Europe, respectively.
The U.S. contingent currently has 15 international competitors, with four coming from Africa (Nairobi, Casablanca, Durban, and Johannesburg), one from Asia (Doha), one from Oceania (Melbourne), and nine from Europe (Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Kiev, Budapest, Istanbul, and Baku).
An IB Times staff reporter contributed to this report