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.’’

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“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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Obama is sending millions of seas to Isreal when we can't even pay our own bills what a moron. It is actions like this and his Racially motivated excutive orders and executive privilages and non transparency that make me happy to see him gone.

    Reply#433 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:39 PM EDT

    What is it about Romney that nobody likes,,Is it the fact he made this money with out the help of the govt.or that he thinks the govt needs less control of business in America,the fact all his birth,schooling,collage,ISN'T covered in sealed documents,stop crying about his taxes unless you going to hold your president,congress,senate,to the same standards,,,I'm just saying

      Reply#434 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:40 PM EDT

      Obama was voted in only because he was black and he will be voted out because he sucks

        Reply#435 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:45 PM EDT

        Yes indeed

          #435.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:46 PM EDT

          Barack Obama is done

            Reply#436 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:46 PM EDT

            Hey Joe the Plummer! You didn't build that business!

              Reply#437 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:49 PM EDT

              Hey Obama! Leave them drungs alone. you don't have an education, you don't have any thought control, all in all your just another Brick in the wall. Hey Obama leave them drugs alone.

              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.


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

              I guess they will actually have to study huh?

                Reply#438 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:53 PM EDT

                And everyone that didn't vote for him is racist,

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                Reply#439 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:56 PM EDT

                Obama and his race card will not work this time.

                  #439.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:04 PM EDT

                  If Obama had any decency at all he would spare us the greif and get out now!

                    Reply#440 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:04 PM EDT

                    Decency? Obumbles? Those words don't go together.

                      #440.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:08 PM EDT

                      You are so right there.

                        #440.2 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:16 PM EDT

                        Thank God our ancestors had the foresight to limit tearms to 4 years.

                          Reply#441 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:08 PM EDT

                          Yes, Obama has done quite a bit of damage in 3 1/2 years

                            #441.1 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:36 AM EDT

                            hhmmm...if the Presidential term limit was four years, instead of eight....we might not be in this mess. Just sayin, that our economy isn't great right now, but it's a hell of a lot better than it was in Dec 2008!

                              #441.2 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:36 PM EDT

                              His first four year term is up lets not give him a second term.

                                #441.3 - Fri Aug 3, 2012 1:10 AM EDT

                                His first four year term is up lets not give him a second term.

                                You prefer going backward then, it seems.

                                  #441.4 - Fri Aug 3, 2012 12:03 PM EDT

                                  Obama grew up in a broken messed up home, in broken messed up communities and his job was a community organizer always putting blame on others instead of the mesed up community its self. They run up a bunch of bills and move away with out paying their rent, No wonder he is the way he is and the deficite is out of control, and our credit rating is down, it's his norm. He belongs in Chicagos Englewood not in DC's whitehouse.

                                    Reply#442 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:12 PM EDT

                                    The great Messiah (The Devil Himself Obama) is about to be crusified where are all of his supporters now?

                                      Reply#443 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:18 PM EDT

                                      I think he belongs in Cabrini Green.

                                        Reply#444 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT

                                        Another hole for him yes. But his chances are greater in Englewood.

                                          #444.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:23 PM EDT

                                          Mittens, "I'm Convinced" you are worse than Obama. Keep your pie hole shut. You guys should be called Mutt and Jeff. There goes our foreign affairs policies again. I'm surprised he didn't take a cue from Obama, by saying that he built their Olympic Stadium. HAHAHAHAHA

                                            Reply#445 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:27 PM EDT

                                            Nothig you said makes any sence. CPS student?

                                              #445.1 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:29 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 doesn't mean everyone else does.

                                              REAL PERSIDENTIAL MATERIAL HERE

                                                Reply#446 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:38 PM EDT

                                                rfrisch, I'm nothing like Obama or you I'm not stupid and i work for what i get,I know who built those roads THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,AND I'M PROUD TO SAY IT!!!!

                                                  Reply#447 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:39 PM EDT

                                                  Obama damn sure hasn't built anything but welfare and unemployment lines not to mention an out of control deficite. Workers like him get fired, and his contract is up in November.

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                                                  Reply#448 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:43 PM EDT

                                                  Former president Jimmy Carter in a recent New York Times op-ed titled ‘A Cruel and Unusual Record’ says the United States and specifically the Obama Administration is engaged in such widespread abuse of human rights that we can “no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.”

                                                    Reply#449 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:47 PM EDT

                                                    Jimmy Carter: Because of his failure to lead and his failed
                                                    economic policies of
                                                    government spending and indecision, the "misery index" unemployment plus
                                                    inflation ­ crested at 20 percent the highest since World War II. Add to that
                                                    double-digit interest rates and you have stagflation.

                                                      Reply#450 - Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:52 PM EDT

                                                      So far the Olympics are a ( cluster ) and a security nightmare and the news media can say what they want with no recourse so why cant anybody say what they feel is true and not hurt some a--hole brits feelings to bad wipe the tears off and go on but just shut up

                                                        Reply#451 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:49 AM EDT

                                                        I think the Olympics are going great. If Mittens wants to see the bad/negative portions, then let him. It's pretty much the way he sees everything...negatively. Blame, blame and complain; then whine some more. Keep it up, Mitt. You're developing quite an extreme cult following! lol

                                                          #451.1 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:40 PM EDT

                                                          Romney will make a much better president than Obama. He has real business experience and can lead us back to properity in this country.

                                                            Reply#452 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:32 AM EDT

                                                            Aw to Hell with Londoners. We've already kicked their asses twice! Do they need another ass kicking?

                                                              Reply#453 - Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:24 PM EDT
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