(LONDON) — The criticism of Mitt Romney’s remarks in London that there were some things “disconcerting” about the Olympic Games have officially crossed the pond.
In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post stateside, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, said that it is “not good for us as a country” to have somebody that is “nominated by one of the political parties to go over and insult everybody.”
Romney drew criticism after he said during an interview with NBC News that “it’s hard to know how well” the London Olympics will turn out, adding that a “few things were disconcerting,” about the organization and days leading up to the events.
Reid told The Huffington Post that he thinks Romney should have arrived in London and told leaders there that they have “done a remarkely good job.”
“That’s what they should have done. He would have been cheered and not have the mayor, before 60,000 people, belittle one of our major party nominees,” said Reid, referring to London Mayor Boris Johnson, who mocked Romney in Hyde Park Thursday evening before a crowd of 60,000. “And that’s what the mayor did.”
“There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years,” Johnson said to the crowd. “I hear there’s a guy, there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. He wants to know whether we’re ready? Are we ready?”
The crowd screamed, “Yes!”
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