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Romney praises London’s ‘spectacular’ Olympics

Holly Bailey, Yahoo News
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Mitt and Ann Romney at the Olympic Opening Ceremony (Jae C. Hong/AP)

JERUSALEM—Mitt Romney officially weighed on what he thought about London's Olympic Opening Ceremony.

The Republican nominee, who got into trouble in London for suggesting the city's Olympic preparations were "disconcerting," said during a meeting Sunday afternoon with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that he found the Opening Ceremony "entertaining and delightful."

"Wasn't it spectacular?" Romney asked Fayyad, as they appeared before reporters. "It really was. And the march of nations… There were many participants. And they sent women from every country."

It was Romney's first public comments on the games since he and his wife, Ann, attended Friday's Opening Ceremony.

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His words came just hours after Robert Gibbs, a top adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, seized on Romney's initial Olympic comments, suggesting it raised questions about whether he was "ready to be commander-in-chief."

"Mitt Romney wondered aloud whether London was ready for the Olympics, and I think it's clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world," Gibbs, Obama's former White House press secretary, told ABC.  "I think the world is not yet ready for Mitt Romney."

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