2012 Presidential Elections: Romney Refuses to Criticize President Obama
Jul 26, 2012 04:18 PM EDT
On his trip to Great Britain, the presumptive republican nominee for the 2012 presidential elections says that he will not criticize President Barrack Obama or his policies when he is on foreign soil.
On his meeting with the Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband, Romney said, "While I am on foreign soil, I'm very careful not to be critical of my own government's policies...I would be even more remiss if I were to be critical of any other government's policies. I will instead look forward to an exchange of ideas," as reported by Yahoo News.
Later that day, Romney met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Earlier, Romney was reprimanded by the British press as well as current British for his comments on the nation's Olympic preparations.
In a Tuesday interview on NBC, Romney called London's preparations of the big game, which opens this Friday, "disconcerting."
British Prime Minister David Cameron had something to say about that, he told British reporters, "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," (thetimes.co.uk) in reference to Romney's hosting the winter games in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002.
The British press was no less in expressing their offense to the comments, with headlines such as "Who invited him? US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney questions British public's appetite for the Games during visit to London," (Daily Mail Online), "PM rebuffs Romney over readiness for Olympics," (theTimes.co.uk), "Olympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romney's suggestion Britain is not ready," (The Telegraph).
Shortly after the two men met, PM Cameron delivered a speech outside the Olympic stadium, saying "Look at what we're capable of achieving as a nation, even in difficult times...Look behind me at this extraordinary Olympic Park, built from nothing in seven years," as reported by the Detroit Press.