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Romney Begins International Tour

July 26, 2012

U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London Thursday as he begins a three-nation international tour.

The presumptive Republican Party nominee arrived in the British capital Wednesday for talks with Mr. Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former prime minister Tony Blair. Romney will also attend Friday's opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games, before traveling to Israel and Poland.

Romney is facing criticism about a recent story in the British Daily Telegraph which quotes an unidentified Romney adviser saying Mr. Obama, the first black U.S. president, did not fully appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage” that underscores the relationship between the United States and Britain. Vice President Joe Biden called the remarks “a disturbing start” to Romney's trip.

In an interview with NBC News, Romney said the two nations share “a very common bond” and that he believes President Obama shares this view.

The president traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, Wednesday to address a gathering of the National Urban League, a prominent African American civil rights and economic advocacy group.,

He discussed the recent mass shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and 58 others wounded when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater last Friday.

“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

Also on Wednesday, the commission that oversees presidential debates announced three of them will take place in October at the University of Colorado in Denver; Centre College in Danville, Kentucky; and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The one vice presidential debate will also take place in October, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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