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Mitt Romney On The Defensive In London

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Mitt Romney and his campaign are in damage control mode after a series of faux pas in London, beginning with his concerns over the city’s readiness for the Olympic games. The gaffes have marred a trip that was supposed to emphasize Romney as a competent manager who saved the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and offer presidential-style photo ops with foreign leaders.

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams in London, Romney mentioned concerns over London’s security preparedness:

“The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

The comments were immediately picked up by England’s press, including its infamously vicious tabloids.

The former Massachusetts governor immediately walked back the statement, saying that he applauds the efforts to “bring the Olympic experience right into the heart of London,” and adding that he knows personally that no Olympics is without its missteps.

And just this morning on The Today Show, Romney said, “It looks to me like London is ready.”

But the damage was done. London mayor Boris Johnson led a crowd in a chant about the cities readiness, calling out Romney by name. And Prime Minister David Cameron fired back at Romney, also seeming to take a swipe at the 2002 Olympic’s Utah location:

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

Romney’s trip has not smoothed out since. He caused a stir by disclosing a meeting with the head of MI6, Britian’s Intelligence Service, which was supposedly top secret. Also, reports from his meetings with high ranking officials say the British have been turned off by Romney’s awkward interactions.

What do you think? Can Mitt Romney save his London trip?

[via The Huffington Post]

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