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Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes carries the Olympic Flame in London

Romney's doubts about the London Olympics

RobK(Photo: london2012.com)

At the start of a European tour US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made a false start by casting doubt on London's ability to organise the Olympics. "There are a few things that were disconcerting", he said on NBC TV, referring to strike threats by immigration officials.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to respond. Aware that Mitt Romney headed the organising committee of the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, Cameron pointed out that the Olympics were being held "in one of the busies, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere".

In an effort at damage control, Romney later said he was sure the London Games would be a success.

On his international trip, intended to boost his image as a world-savvy international statesman, presidential candidate Romney will next travel to Poland and Israel. Meanwhile, Twitter is alive with satirical advice for Romney, telling him what not to say when visiting those countries (#RomneyShambles).

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