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The mayor of London has hit out at US presidential candidate Mitt Romney for comments suggesting Britain is not ready to stage the Olympic Games.
Boris Johnson fired up a large crowd in Hyde Park, saying: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready?”
Earlier, Mr Romney backtracked after meeting UK PM David Cameron and predicted a “very successful” Olympics.
The Republican will take on Barack Obama in November’s election.
Mr Romney’s remarks came on the first official day of a week-long tour that is to include stops in Israel and Poland.
It is the first foreign visit Mr Romney is making as a presidential candidate and correspondents say his campaign is aiming to boost the foreign policy profile of the former governor of Massachusetts.
In the contest for the Republican nomination, Mr Romney made much of the fact that he delivered a successful Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002, when he was chief executive of the event.
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