Romney: 'I'm convinced' London is ready for the Games

After his questioning London's preparedness for the Olympics became front-page tabloid fodder, Mitt Romney spoke out on the gaffe Friday.

“I read the same reports I think a lot of people did about all the challenges being faced by the organizing committee, but after being here a couple of days, it looks like London is ready,’’ Romney told Matt Lauer in an interview alongside his wife at TODAY's London set. “I’m absolutely convinced the people here are ready for the Games.’’

In an interview Wednesday with NBC’s Brian Williams, Romney ignited London headlines like Friday’s “Mitt the Twit” in The Sun when he wondered aloud whether the security and infrastructure of the city was ready for the Games. It was a poorly-timed stumble, as Romney is on a diplomatic journey to the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland.

“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,’’ Romney told Williams. “There are a few things that were disconcerting stories about the private security firm not having enough people, a supposed strike of the immigrations and customs officials that obviously is not something which is encouraging.’’


 

That prompted a thinly-veiled shot by British prime minister David Cameron, who alluded to Romney’s role in organizing the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“We’re holding an Olympic games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,’’ Cameron said in a statement. “Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.’’

Video: London mayor: Venues 'as safe as we can make them'

“Of course it is hard to put on Games in a major metropolitan area,’’ Romney told Lauer. “What they’ve done that I find so impressive is they took the venues and put them right in the city. You’re going to be able to be just in the backside of 10 Downing Street for beach volleyball.

“In just a few moments, all the things politicians say will get swept away because the athletes finally take the stage. The Games are about the athletes. That’s why the Games virtually anywhere they’ve been have been highly successful.’’

The Romneys have a direct connection to the competition, as Ann Romney’s horse, Rafalca, will compete in the Olympic event of dressage.

“Watching my horse, it’s like watching your children play sports,’’ Ann told Lauer. “I know every move that she makes, I know when she makes mistakes, I know what her weaknesses are, I know where she may lose the confidence of the rider a little bit. It is nerve-wracking.’’

Mitt will not watch his wife’s horse compete due to his schedule during the diplomatic visit, but he knows her passion for the competition. He joked that one year his sons gave him a rubber horse mask to wear so that Ann would pay more attention to him.

“I give him a pass when it comes to my horses because he’s so, so supportive of me, having to put up with my love of horses,’’ Ann said.

The multi-millionaire former governor has come under scrutiny for the lack of transparency with his personal finances and taxes. He told Lauer that releasing any more information than what is required will give his opposition a chance to use it against him.

“We just laid out exactly what is required by law, which is all of our financial statements and then in addition, two years of tax reports just like John McCain put out,’’ he said. “We looked at what he did, and we’ve done the same thing. It’s hundreds of pages of documents, and my guess is if you decide to do more and more and more, you just give, if you will, the opposition a chance to distort and twist and be dishonest about more material.’’

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., from Aug. 27-30, Romney will officially receive his party’s nomination for president. He knows the themes of his nomination speech, but has not put pen to paper yet.

“It will be a great moment and it will be an opportunity to talk about who we are, but also our vision for the country,’’ Mitt said. “I think this has to be an American century as we go forward. I’m concerned that we’re drifting in a direction right now that is not showing the best side of America.’’

“I think it’s an extraordinary responsibility that both of us have right now that we can represent the world in such an important and significant way,’’ Ann said. “I think it will be an opportunity for the first time for the American people to really take a look at us as people, as individuals and who we really are and what motivates us. For me, it’s going to be a moment of great pride.’’

Before he has to worry about making more difficult political decisions, Romney was put on the spot by Lauer for a more pressing decision: Will it be Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte when they swim head-to-head?

“I think it’s more likely to be Phelps, but I don’t know,’’ he laughed.

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He, didn't make a gaffe. He commented on legitimate concerns. Just because the media interprets something as a "gaffe" doesn't make it so. Oh, and I'm not a fan of Romney's.

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Reply#26 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:38 AM EDT

If it was a legitimate concern, why is he going around apologizing and begging for forgiveness? isn't he man enough to defend himself without all of you trying to explain

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#26.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:03 AM EDT

Pray Hard-662027: If it were just MSNBC that said he gaffed...then I'd agree with you. But conservative talking heads on Fauz Snooze also admit he's made a few verbal blunders, while in London. And further more....Mr. Romney is on a world tour, and the WORLD see's his mistakes for what they are....

WANNABE president Mitt Romney infuriated Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday by making a string of embarrassing blunders.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4456840/Wannabe-US-President-Mitt-Romney-in-Olympics-insult-but-David-Cameron-insists-Well-show-you.html

[sucks to be Mitt]

  • 4 votes
#26.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:15 AM EDT

did you happen to remember that mr. superbillionaire "was NOT asked what he thought" another example of american intervention...Big Nose Runme...God help us in Nov.

  • 3 votes
#26.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:18 AM EDT

ligitimate concern....I can't believe you....Romney is a so called american..NOT the Prime Minister of England...."IT IS NON OF HIS [OR YOUR] BUSINESS" ..HOW THE BRITISH RUN THEIR COUNTRY OR GAMES...

For immediate release: Mrs. R to bring Gold winning horse to republican convention..."

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    #26.4 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:26 AM EDT

    There's a sensitivity between the Brits and US even though we've been Allies.

    Mitt didn't need to comment on this publically. His comment could have been on the challenges of security and preparation for the games, without criticizing the Brits. Is he that arrogant or just inept at social clues and dynamics? It just seems like he needs a shoe horn handy to pry his foot out of his mouth.

    Very concerning that the two choices we have for POTUS are supposedly the best we have to pick from.

      #26.5 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:53 AM EDT
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      I'm not a big fan but what did he say that was so out of line. There was a security issue as reported by the vulture media. I prefer a guy that says what is than what is PC. At one time this country had Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt to lead us in hard times we have Obama or Romney and the clowns in washington. Makes me nervous.

      • 1 vote
      Reply#27 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:39 AM EDT

      I travel to Europe frequently and You are right, the comments I hear about America are, mostly, not flattering. These comments are,mostly. directed, like it or not, at Obama.

      • 2 votes
      Reply#28 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:39 AM EDT

      I call BS, h engbers. I am a frequent traveler to the continent and to the British Isles. I have not heard one bad comment about Obama; in fact, it's just the opposite. Now, during the years that Bush was president, it was a completely different story.

      • 5 votes
      #28.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:56 AM EDT

      I just came from Europe and yes, they don't like Obama because they thought we would have left Afghanistan and Iraq by now...... but ask them if they would like us to go back to a Jesus freak like Bush and Reagan and see what they tell you...... what they told me is that Bush was beyond stupid and not even worthy of discussion and that there was no argument about his party being the ones that created all the problems we have in the world today. They don't like Obama but would prefer the Democrats elect someone else from their party, not a Republican. You need to tell the whole story. ...

      • 1 vote
      #28.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:01 AM EDT

      Total nonsense....as someone who is often out of the country....your comment was completely untrue.

      I've never seen such violent loathing of American as when George Bush Jr was in office (although he wasn't actually elected)...it got almost outwardly hostile after the second term election.

      Obama is admired worldwide outside of America. His election actually calmed down some of the world population about hating us so much. There were worldwide celebrations after he won.

      You sir, are a liar and an idiot.

      • 5 votes
      #28.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:01 AM EDT
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      I love the Brits - "Mitt the Twit".....Outstanding!!

      I am an independent and always examine what all candidates have to say before voting. I have voted for candidates from all parties.

      I have to say that the thought of this man in the White House horrifies me almost as much as the thought of the McCain's VP choice actually being elected. If this is the best the party has to offer they are in real trouble.

      • 7 votes
      Reply#29 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:40 AM EDT

      Mitt,

      We're not drifting in a direction that doesn't show the best side of America, you're trying to take us there with your hateful and partisan politics. I look forward to your convention speech when we can see what a small-minded, greedy divisive person you really are.

      • 4 votes
      Reply#30 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:40 AM EDT

      Has anyone else noticed, with candidates like Mitt Romney or his female counter-parts Bachman and Palin, that the Gods of Comedy are very good to us.

      • 8 votes
      Reply#31 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:41 AM EDT

      hahahaha absolutely.

      • 3 votes
      #31.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:56 AM EDT
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      “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,’’ Romney told Williams. “There are a few things that were disconcerting — stories about the private security firm not having enough people, a supposed strike of the immigrations and customs officials that obviously is not something which is encouraging.’’

      Accurate and perfectly legitimate concerns.

      • 2 votes
      Reply#32 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:41 AM EDT

      lol keep repeating that it's accurate and legit. Repetition, to repub's....seem to make more and more follow, even when it's usually just plain wrong. Whatever helps you to sleep at night, I guesss.

      Tic-toc....flip-flop....and on and on.

      • 5 votes
      #32.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:22 AM EDT
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      the rom man is now severely convinced.

      • 1 vote
      Reply#33 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:41 AM EDT

      It’s hundreds of pages of documents, and my guess is if you decide to do more and more and more, you just give, if you will, the opposition a chance to distort and twist and be dishonest about more material.’’
      This has to be a joke, as if he doesn't twist and distort to his advantage. He has to be the most dishonest person to ever run for president. I thought McClain was bad.
      I would think his term as governor of Massachusetts would give some insight on his experience and what he would do as President. Does anybody check out this stuff.

      From FactCheck.com
      Upon leaving office in January 2007 (the middle of fiscal year 2007), Romney argued that he had left the state with a large budget surplus, after he cut hundreds of millions of dollars of programs. However, upon taking office, successor Governor Deval Patrick said there would be a $1 billion deficit for fiscal 2008 if existing service levels were carried over into the next year's budget.[32] At the same time, Patrick restored $384 million in the "9C" spending cuts for fiscal 2007 that Romney had made.[31] The budget for fiscal 2008 that Patrick submitted in February 2007 included $515 million in spending cuts and $295 million in new corporate taxes.[33] As it happened, fiscal 2007 ended with a $307.1 million deficit and fiscal 2008 ended with a $495.2 million deficit.

      Nationally, unemployment was rising in early 2003 as the economy was still under the effects of the early 2000s recession, then things began to turn around and unemployment fell and job creation grew.[37] Job growth increased at a 1.3 percent rate during Romney's term.[36] This ranked Massachusetts 47th out of 50 states during this period.

      • 5 votes
      Reply#34 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:42 AM EDT

      Having run previous olympics and doubting that others could do it as well, this is more proof that he is elitist and out of touch with everything not elite.

      • 7 votes
      Reply#35 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:42 AM EDT

      The Brits had best get over their scratchy nature. Based on what is happening in Britain right now with strikes and such he has every right to hope that things will go well. You left wing wack jobs have been hanging you hats on Pied Piper pie in the sky hope for almost four years. Cameron is a panic striken flop and the Communist mayor of London does little to help the situation.

      What has happend to our stoic breathern in England who smiled in the face of adversity and conquered the world? Now they cry if someone complains about the weather. At least Mr. Rommney didn't pat the Queen on the back and leave a CD of his leftist speeches for her enjoyment like our unknown President.

      Cameron, Comrade Mayor, and Peter Jennings left them selves wide open for a haymaker. At the first minor or major flub by London and the Olympics they will look like idiots for their comments. Mr. Rommney could take a 'I told you so' approach like Mr. Obama. Of course Mr. Rommney would never do that. He is a decent man. Unlike Mr. Obama and Mr. Gore, Mr. Rommney did not 'invent' the Olympic games. He just had the opportuity or organize one.

      The Chinese made it look easy. Of course in China if you screw up you are never heard from again. Maybe this year Peter Jennings will never be heard from again.

        Reply#36 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:43 AM EDT

        wilson admit it, Mitt does why don't you , another pompus right wing wack job too proud to admit he's wrong!!

        • 6 votes
        #36.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:47 AM EDT

        Sorry, Wilson. . . "Maybe this year Peter Jennings will never be heard from again"

        Sadly, Peter Jennings died seven years ago. Were you mistakenly referring to Brian Williams???

        • 3 votes
        #36.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:29 AM EDT

        Wilson, where have you been? " Maybe this year Peter Jennings will never be heard from again."

        Sadly, Peter Jennings died August 7, 2005. Are you mistakenly referring to Brian Williams??

        • 3 votes
        #36.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM EDT

        @ wilson faris how did you get coomunist mayor of london ? boris johnson is so much of a upper class conservative it is unreal and has a lot more support in the right wing conservative party than cameron

        • 1 vote
        #36.4 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT
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        And do we really give a tinker's damn what romney thinks! The arrogance of this man is really phenomenal!

        • 9 votes
        Reply#37 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:43 AM EDT

        What a bunch of "thin skinned" weak-willed spuds to take offense to a remark like that. The fact that the security did back out at the last minute is "disconcerting".....all Mitt was doing was telling the truth. Good for him....its about time we had a leader that has some grapes instead of running around the world apologizing at the drop of a hat.

        • 1 vote
        Reply#38 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:44 AM EDT

        If he was telling the truth, why is he apologizing now?

        • 4 votes
        #38.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:55 AM EDT

        I don't think he really apologized....only King Lib Tard apologizes....and, I don't blame the lefties for jumping all over this one....Obama is such a loser...they have to take advantage of every opportunity to smear Romney. JOE BIDEN for President....now, that's a real knee slapper....HA HA HA!!!

          #38.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM EDT
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          Aw to hell with Londoners. We've kicked their asses twice. Do they need another one?

            Reply#39 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:44 AM EDT

            Our country has spent millions of pounds on this, so I would hope we're ready. What a stupid thing to say, but then again he is also a homophobic prick. I say get him out of our country quick and ship him back to America!!

            • 5 votes
            Reply#40 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT

            Funny how the left wing media focuses on a nats ass on everything Romney say's, when the current gaffe -in - chief gets pass on a poor economy, high unemployment, strangling debt, out of control gov't spending, intrustion and restrictive policies. Not surprised though, only more determined to see it changed in November!

              Reply#41 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:46 AM EDT

              it took eight years of a drunk and cocaine user to ruin the country, ..... you cannot fix it in 4 son.

              • 4 votes
              #41.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:54 AM EDT

              Two things, not your son and hope you don't have one with your lost in the sauce mentality. Secondly, don't lecture us on sorry presidents considering most of the one's that were democrats were loser's and have put this country at risk. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, hope you get better soon.

                #41.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:59 AM EDT

                Well Mitt is just carrying on the tradition of repbulicans making an ass of themselves at the Olympics.

                BUSH DRUNK AT OLYMPICS IN Beijing!

                Romney not doing so well at the Olympics, then again neither was Bush at Beijing Olympics. Bush was drunk on his ass. Watch U tube video of Bush watching women's volleyball and lending a helping hand, literally.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRyO6JP6Oc

                • 1 vote
                #41.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:59 AM EDT
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                Anything substantive here, or all you buffoons done yapping?

                Oh, by the way from the story I'd like to see Obama described as a "multimillionair", which he is, but he flies in on the "welfare state airlines", paid for by others.

                  Reply#42 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:47 AM EDT

                  I swear any person on the "right" side can'T say nothing without some stinking mentally disordered leftest commie or Brit taking it out of context.

                  Londoners and Brits are just so "civilized!"

                  Yeah Right! Bunch of uppety faggots if you ask me.

                    Reply#43 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:47 AM EDT

                    Our country has spent millions on this so I would hope we're ready. What a stupid thing to say, but then again he is a homophobic prick! I say get him out of our country quick, and ship him back to America!!

                    • 3 votes
                    Reply#44 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:48 AM EDT

                    We'll take him back, you bunch of losers couldn't find your ass with both hands...tea anyone?

                      #44.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:52 AM EDT

                      NO PLEASE KEEP HIM, he can replace cameron if you want

                      • 4 votes
                      #44.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:52 AM EDT

                      @not a troll

                      well they are both owned by the big banks and corporations so i dont think that there would be a noticable change

                        #44.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:20 AM EDT
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                        No matter what opportunity he gets the Mitt the Twitt will screw it up because he is out of touch with the real world, you don't go pissing off one of our biggest allies since WWII. what a fool !!!!

                        • 3 votes
                        Reply#45 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:51 AM EDT

                        Mitt said that today.... who knows what this flip flopper will say tomorrow, he goes wherever the wind blows. Just like the other traitor, Ronald Reagan, the Taliban today is an enemy but tomorrow they can be giving speeches in front o Congress sponsored by the Republican party.

                        • 2 votes
                        Reply#46 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:52 AM EDT

                        If he thinks there is not enough security, he should get the hell out of there, so rude of him, look who is talking (remember we had no good security at all U. S. A. airports on 9/11,) he is just spreading his poison, he should worry about the U.S, LONDON IS NOT HIS COUNTRY, don't even know what flavor the kool aid is, just enjoy the games, or get the hell out

                        • 2 votes
                        Reply#47 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:54 AM EDT

                        Mitt the TWIT wears a rubber horse mask yo get his wifes attention ? KINKY !

                        • 2 votes
                        Reply#48 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:54 AM EDT

                        OK Mr. President wannabe. We heard your advice to the Britts...now come back home to your campaign and take care of business here at home. Your off shore bank accounts are doing just fine as is private enterprise with record profits. Geez...where's Ron Paul when you need him?

                          Reply#49 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:55 AM EDT

                          Condecending Prat.

                          • 1 vote
                          Reply#50 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:55 AM EDT
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