Friday, July 27, 2012

Northern Ireland: Romney insults then flip flops

Belfast Telegraph

Mitt Romney begins trip with a swipe at London 2012 Olympic Games

US presidential candidate beats hasty retreat after comments on 'disconcerting' Games chaos

By James Cusick

The Republican presidential hopeful's fundraising visit to Britain was meant to be a chance for the former Massachusetts Governor to display a foreign-affairs gravitas that would help to sell his claim to the White House.

But rather than flaunting his statesman-like credentials, Mr Romney managed to insult his hosts and commit that cardinal sin of US politics – "flip-flopping" – all within hours of landing in Britain. In unguarded and far-from-diplomatic language, Mr Romney initially questioned London's commitment and ability to stage the Games. In an interview with US television, he said he had noticed "disconcerting" signs that Team London was not ready. "It's hard to know how it will all turn out," he said.

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