(London) — Mitt Romney on Friday appeared to walk back on his comments that suggested he wasn’t sure the London Olympics would go off without a hitch, saying in an interview that he’s now “absolutely convinced” the city is ready for the games.
Romney told NBC News Friday morning that after being in London for a few days it looks to him that “London is ready,” a different view for the candidate who just a few days ago said some reports about the games’ organization were “disconcerting.”
“I read the same reports I think a lot of people did of the challenges faced by the organizing committee but after being here for a few days it looks to me like London is ready,” Romney said during the interview at Olympic Park in Stratford, England.
“I’m absolutely convinced the people here are ready for the games,” he said, adding that soon the focus would turn away from the politicians and toward the athletes. “The games are about the athletes and that’s why the games virtually everywhere have been highly successful,” said Romney.
But the headlines in London Friday morning were already printed ahead of this interview, and the British press did not hold anything back.
The Sun dubbed the presidential candidate “Mitt the Twit,” while another paper featured an editorial cartoon that showed Romney pasting his campaign sticker over the Olympic logo.
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