London, UK -
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney continued to play down his comments during an NBC interview in which he criticized the planning of the Olympic Games in London which start today and the public disgust among the British over his comments.
During a recent interview on NBC with Brian Williams that took place in London, Mitt Romney called the organization and planning of the games "a bit disconcerting" and highlighted the manpower shortfall needed by private security and a possible strike by British immigration officials and went on to question whether Londoners would turn out go the games. Romney's trip was meant to be a "charm offensive".
This has set off a firestorm of criticism and back and forth comments, all the way from British Prime Minister David Cameron to the current Salt Lake City Mayor. British media has said "Romney has no charm and is mildly offensive".
During remarks yesterday, PM Cameron fired back saying "we're holding an Olympics games in one of the busiest, most active bustling cities anywhere in the world, of course its easier if you hold n Olympic games in the middle of nowhere", a jab at Romney because Romney ran the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City previously.
Some of London's 32 boroughs have as many people as Salt Lake City does in total.
London: 8.6 million, or 13,466 people per square mile. Salt Lake City: 1.1 million, or 1,666 people per square mile.
The Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker, upped the back and forth on a topic that Romney just wanted to go away by saying he would send British PM David Cameron a map so he doesn't get lost finding the middle of no where.
Mitt Romney is on a three nation tour meant to give him some foreign policy credibility and will be visiting Israel next, then Poland. The trip was planned by Romney's campaign staff and was meant to be a safe play with photo-ops next to world leaders.