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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Mickey... The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And, trust me, Romney does not have "good intentions."

Mr. Tom... Have you ever been to Great Britain? I have, several times, and I would suggest that you don't underestimate the Brits. There is nothing "Woeful" about them. How do you know their "large, vocal Muslim population" is violent? You've seen this with your own eyes? On Fox "news" no doubt. BTW, "Mitt" Ronmey wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit him on the arse. You're "disappointed that he backtracked?" Well, Tom, that's what he's best known for. Try paying closer attention and stop with the race baiting.

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Albert Einstein

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Reply#408 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:04 PM EDT

NEWS FLASH!!! This just in, Mitt Romney joins the US Mens gymnastics team. Sources say no one currently on any team can beat him flip flopping. He will win the gold.

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Reply#409 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:18 PM EDT

Talk about flip flopping, have you seen Obummer lastest ads, claiming he didn't say..."you didn't build it". SORRY, I THINK ROMNEY WON'T BE GETTTING THE GOLD...IT GOES TO OBUMMER.

    #409.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:23 PM EDT
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    Obummer is up to his same old tricks...trying to buy votes. Obummer has snubbed Israel his complete term and today Obummer is sending Israel $70 billion, gee is that because Romney is visiting Israel tomorrow. Right up there with allowing 800,000 illegals to stay in our country...it's all about votes for Obummer.

    Hey, and why are the American bridges being contracted to the Chinese contractors?? It was reported on ABC news, check it out. The Chinese are now in American, bringing their Chinese workers with them. GOOD JOB OBUMMER ON OUTSOURCING.

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    Reply#410 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:20 PM EDT

    The railroad all over again. Talk about turning back the clock. Heaven forbid he should make jobs for Americans.

      #410.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:25 PM EDT

      The chinese are taking advantage of our free market society. Obama does not own a big corporation such as AMC theaters which sold out to the chinese.

      Once again though Sharrieanne....... Obummer? Is that your best impression of adult discourse? Is this what you have shown as an example to your kids? When they disagree with someone, rather than run against them in the up coming election, voice your ire by name calling and licking your tongue out. Its childish.

      You do know you can run for office? Palin ran for office and won a governorship and got nominated for VPOTUS.

      I need not say what that says about you that she did it and you have done what? Come up with an unoriginal name to call the POTUS. Who btw is the POTUS.

      What have you done for yourself that is on that level? Complain about what Obummer did not do for you and your family? What have you done for your family but let them down by being a grown person that still engages in name calling on par with a third grader. (no offense to third graders, some of them act more adult than to call names).

      Get a job or go back to college and retrain, but stop whining for jeebus crise sake. This is America and there are no guarantees of success other than those you go out and secure for yourself. You have the right to fail. That is the beauty. No one can determine your position but you and your own choices, or failure to choose.

      You chose Romney, for that you will be on the wrong side of history forever, but it was your choice as it will be mone to vote for Obama again. Life is sweet when you work for it.....try it.

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      #410.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:37 PM EDT
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      Yes sir, the tea bags on the right have to sign off soon, they need to wash and iron their sheet to get ready for the tea party traitor meeting tonight. They won't forget to wear their three cornered, tin foil, size two hat adorned with tea bags to show their lack of patriotism. Its looks funny how those hats fit a pointed head without piercing it. Must be some extra padding put in to help it fit their little heads.

        Reply#411 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:23 PM EDT

        Sounds like you're still in your three cornered uniform.

          #411.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:27 PM EDT

          That all you got stupid? you must be one of those unpatrioic tea bag idiots. Lets see a quote from the tea bags, "keep your gubment hands off my medicare" smart, right?

            #411.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:35 PM EDT
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            Mitt has risen to the top of the heap as a corporate raider and is to be commended on his exploits as such. No one said capitalism is perfect and in order for the few to get rich, the rest must suffer. In this realm Mitt has done well and with no conscience about the tattered remains of the corpses he leaves in his wake. He is the consumate capitalist.

            Do not mistake this to say capitalist do not build football stadiums without tax abatements and government assistance in the form of roads and bridges being built as infrastructural support of that super collosal dome such as the one Jerry Jones built in Arlington Texas.

            Welfare is welfare. The rich capitalize by tax breaks, the poor direct assistence, but both are capitalizing on a sytem that is set up for the fringe and not the middle. Upper and lower being the fringe.

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            Reply#412 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:25 PM EDT

            Obama is Racist his last executive order shows how racist he is.

            the executive order will seek to improve educational achievement for African Americans at all levels “so every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born to the time, all through the time they get a career” the president said to cheers.

            firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/25/12955941-obama-announces-new-education-program-focused-on-african-americans?lite

            What about the poor Hispanics or poor white kids? What about the poor no matter what race?

              Reply#413 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:34 PM EDT

              Obama and his Jeramiah Write hate speech "You didn't build that!" If you have a small business you didn't build it someone gave it to you.

              Hey Obama some people in America actually do work and build things just because you never had a job and always look for hand outs don't mean everyone else does.

                Reply#414 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:37 PM EDT

                No one in this country got rich on their own. NO ONE, what the president said is true. YOu are a tool and nothing else.

                  #414.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:39 PM EDT

                  J in BC I don't like to resort to name calling, but you are an idiot.

                    #414.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:13 PM EDT
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                    Black unemployment is the highest sector of unemployment and you don't like lifting those who want up? You must be one of those trailer park republicans, on welfare and still voting against yourself.

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                    Reply#415 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:38 PM EDT

                    Embarrassing America? At least he's not apologizing for being American, as our current President has.

                      Reply#416 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:39 PM EDT

                      No Donna, he is too egotistical and ignorant for that.

                        #416.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:52 PM EDT
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                        Mitt is a back pedal-er unless it concerns the big dig in Boston. I feel sorry for that horse, if it doesn't win it will probably be turned into glue or dog food. Or maybe it will be left on the roof of Mitt's car for 8 hours then hosed down when it craps itself, like his dog was. What a champ.... Everyone is so bleeding liberal on Mitt Romney lately, do you neglect to realize this guy has 250 million dollars sitting in bank accounts, how do you think he will relate to YOUR lower working class/ middle class issues?????????????????? Which is the majority of America...uh huh.....he won't be dwelling on it when his maid is serving him his eggs and toast.

                          Reply#417 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:50 PM EDT

                          GLOVES ROMNEY - What an Idiot.

                            Reply#418 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:52 PM EDT

                            I thing I think we can all agree on and that is obama your welfare momma is an idiot, and he never backtracks on his gaffes he just keeps repeating them as most dumocrats think if they hear something often enough it must be true, such as obama your welfare momma saying the private job sector and unemployment are fine, such as the economy is fine, such as if you own a company and it is successful it is not to your credit, the gov did it, what someone needs to do is stand up and say the emperor has no clothes on and is as stupid as a box of rocks and that is insulting to the box of rocks, in Europe obama your welfare momma and biden are known as DUMB AND DUMBER and the joke is you pick the order

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                            Reply#419 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:53 PM EDT

                            keep cashing your welfare checks you moronic lazy dumocrats , but come nov you will have to get off your lazy butts and steal again or go to work

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                            Reply#420 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:55 PM EDT

                            I have always enjoyed racist twits like you. That 5th grade education did you well. Careful who you throw stones at princess. They might be coming back at you. You have some nerve accusing others of being on welfare trash man.

                            You don't like the President because he's smarter then you, more successful then you and much more of a man then you. You need to crawl back into that bottle so you can dull the pain of being you.

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                            #420.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:08 PM EDT
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                            So much for Mitt's diplomatic skills

                              Reply#421 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:57 PM EDT

                              The most undisputed fact of the day and of the history of the world is obama your welfare momma is the most ignorant racist little man on the planet

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                              Reply#422 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:58 PM EDT

                              OBAMA THE RACIST BIGOT!

                              Obama and his Jeramiah Write hate speech "You didn't build that!" If you have a small business you didn't build it someone gave it to you.

                              Hey Obama some people in America actually do work and build things just because you never had a job and always look for hand outs don't mean everyone else does.

                              REAL PERSIDENTIAL MATERIAL HERE.

                                Reply#423 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:05 PM EDT

                                You can't even use "doesn't" properly. Someone definitely made you who you are- a base imbecile. I'm guessing it was your parents who are also brother and sister.

                                  #423.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:14 PM EDT
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                                  Obama is Racist his last executive order shows how racist he is.

                                  the executive order will seek to improve educational achievement for African Americans at all levels “so every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born to the time, all through the time they get a career” the president said to cheers.

                                  firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/25/12955941-obama-announces-new-education-program-focused-on-african-americans?lite

                                  What about the poor Hispanics or poor white kids? What about the poor no matter what race?

                                    Reply#424 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:06 PM EDT

                                    Obama is Racicst bigot whitey hater

                                      Reply#425 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:09 PM EDT

                                      He's so racist he won't even acknowledge that his mother was white.

                                        #425.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:18 PM EDT
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                                        Mittens flip flopping again? That's like saying a tree sheds its leaves in the Fall. Mittens makes Lurch Kerry look consistent.

                                          Reply#426 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:11 PM EDT

                                          Obama is a true success hater and moral destroyer of America. I can just picture a 15 year old black kid saying to a store owner. You didn't build this business, That's why I'm taking my share. Then robs the place just like Obama share the wealth you didn't earn it! Perhaps this is why Englewood is in the shape it's in.

                                            Reply#427 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:11 PM EDT

                                            @jim

                                            You just joined and are nothing but a worthless troll. Take your racist crap back to faux and pollute their site. They would love having you. Begone troll!

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                                            #427.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:14 PM EDT

                                            Obama said it live with it, How can you call me a racist just because I disagree with the racist President we have?

                                              #427.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:16 PM EDT

                                              Jim, I call you one because you are one. Go troll at faux. You are not welcome.

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                                              #427.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:18 PM EDT

                                              Believe me I'm no racist but I know one when I see one and Barack Obama is definitely a racist. His actions are racially motivated.

                                                #427.4 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:19 PM EDT

                                                "Believe me I'm no racist..."

                                                You lie about virtually everything else. No one in his or her right mind is going to believe that statement.

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                                                #427.5 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:36 AM EDT
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                                                Obama the one term loser, worse than Jimmy Carter, Thank You Barack that's one positive thing you done you moved Jimmy Carter up the scale you lying louse excuse for a POTUS.

                                                  Reply#428 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT

                                                  The only loser here is you troll. Begone!

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                                                  #428.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:17 PM EDT

                                                  Obumbles even moved Nixon up the scale.

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                                                  #428.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:20 PM EDT

                                                  Obama is a Racist and you can't handle a black being on the other side of the lable can you?

                                                    #428.3 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:20 PM EDT

                                                    @trouble yeah just to bad he isn't alive to see it.

                                                      #428.4 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:21 PM EDT

                                                      DP telling people to 'begone' like he's somebody.

                                                        #428.5 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:23 PM EDT

                                                        You just can't stand that this man is in your "White" House can you jim. Get used to it pal. You got 4 more years coming at you. Sucks to be you jim.

                                                          #428.6 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:23 PM EDT

                                                          Oh I get it when he was practicing his speech in the mirror the words came to him as he looked at himself he said Obama you are a billionare but "You didn't build that the government gave iot to you" now he thinks that's the normal way to succes.

                                                            #428.7 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:24 PM EDT

                                                            Gee trouble. I guess this makes you and jim butt buddies. Maybe you need to just get a room.

                                                              #428.8 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:25 PM EDT

                                                              That's one thing you and I agree on I can't stand him being in the whitehouse, It's shamefull for this great country to have the likes of him anywhere near the Oval Office.

                                                                #428.9 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:26 PM EDT

                                                                Wow Dennis you start losing you resort to name calling, Typical Obama supporter

                                                                  #428.10 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:27 PM EDT

                                                                  No name calling. I was just wishing you and trouble well. Cute couple.

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                                                                  #428.11 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:37 PM EDT

                                                                  I can't stand him being in the whitehouse, It's shamefull for this great country to have the likes of him anywhere near the Oval Office.

                                                                  And there you have it folks. I love it when people show their true feelings.

                                                                  Jim, you wouldn't like President Obama no matter what he did, That's actually a shame. You're so busy hating him that you will never see the good he has done this country. All you can do is constantly listen to faux news and Rush. Bad idea Jim.

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                                                                  #428.12 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:44 PM EDT

                                                                  That's okay I won't mis anyuthing because he has not done any good for this country. No worries here.

                                                                    #428.13 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:36 PM EDT
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                                                                    The man may be a billionaire but he is not presidential material. He did not acquire his wealth without all sorts of financial machinations that are a part of the economic problems that face this nation - off shore accounts, outsourcing, tax evasions also known as shelters, etc. He is a Big Business stooge. Why did he destroy all the records of his governorship in Massachusetts?? I see him as a crafty, smart bum. Smart for his own interest. He and his wife have enough, this nation should not elect him to lead this country.

                                                                      Reply#429 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:20 PM EDT

                                                                      ABO (anybody but Obumbles).

                                                                        #429.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:24 PM EDT
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                                                                        Mitt the Sh-it - TALK ABOUT A LIAR. Please American people wake up! Mrs. Sh-it's horse is competing in the Dress-gag competition, and they have the audacity to ask (on a diplomatic mission no less) if London is actually ready for the Olympics????? What a great President he will make - NOT! Yes, he will drag Mormonism into the presidency, yes he will continue to outsource, yes he will continue to detax the Richey Riches (yep, give the man a hand folks he has an ELEVATOR in his garage), and most importantly YEP MR. ROMNEY WILL CONTINUE TO LIE THROUGH HIS MORMON WHITE TEETH.

                                                                          Reply#430 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:24 PM EDT

                                                                          Why did Obummer sign off on millions of dollars to Israel today, could it be because Romney is visiting Israel tomorrow? Obummer has snubbed Israel for the past 3 1/2 years and now he is sending millions, just before the election, sure makes me question his motives!!

                                                                            Reply#431 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:28 PM EDT

                                                                            Obama will be gone and I am already feeling happier just thinking about it. I know he is done. That's why he says things like If you have a busines you didn't build it. Because he is giving up he really don't even want another 4 years of this economy that he himself failed.

                                                                            The only thing he has built is the unemployment line and national dificite.

                                                                              Reply#432 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:37 PM EDT
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