Hillary Clinton leads N.Y. contingent
Other cities were bringing presidents, prime ministers and royalty.
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Other cities are bringing presidents, prime ministers and royalty in hopes of landing the 2012 Olympics. New York is bringing Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The city's bid leaders praised the decision by the New York senator and former first lady to join the delegation for Wednesday's vote by the International Olympic Committee.
"I think there is no question that everyone here will know who she is," said Dan Doctoroff, the bid chief and deputy mayor. "All over the world, she is perceived as a real leader in the world, someone who is admired around the world."
Competing against four others
New York is competing against four other world-class cities -- front-runner Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow, all to be represented by heads of state or government in Singapore.
Paris will have French President Jacques Chirac in its corner; British Prime Minister Tony Blair will stump for London; Queen Sofia and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will lobby for Madrid; and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov will push for Moscow.
President Bush will appear in a taped video message in Wednesday's final presentations to the IOC.
Invited by mayor
Clinton was invited to Singapore by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She is to arrive Tuesday and spend a full day in meetings with IOC members and have a role in the presentation to the IOC the next day.
Clinton led the U.S. delegation at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and attended the flame-lighting ceremony in Greece in 1996 for the centennial Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
"She has always been a passionate believer of the Olympic movement and sees in the Olympic movement a reflection of New York," Doctoroff said.
The 250-strong New York delegation will also include Muhammad Ali -- who won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics and lit the cauldron at the Atlanta Games -- and dozens of Olympians, such as Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, gymnast Nadia Comaneci and track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
New York still in running
While Paris and London are regarded the main contenders, Doctoroff senses New York in good position.
"I think this is going to be extremely close," Doctoroff said. "I will be surprised if it doesn't go four rounds. From everything we can tell, it's going to be very unpredictable. We're very optimistic."