British PM wants to stay out of U.S. Presidential race

After Olympic put down, David Cameron goes on American TV to say he's not going to get involved in U.S. politics

Kate Lieb By Kate Lieb

After making headlines last month for somewhat snarky comments about Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to stay out of the race according to a report by the National Journal.

Mitt Romney and David Cameron met at 10 Downing Street late last month. (Reuters)

During an appearance on NBC’s Today show, Cameron said he is “not going to get involved in U.S. politics,” adding, “You guys will decide who’s your president.”

Last month, Cameron criticized Romney – who led planning efforts for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics – for Romney’s criticisms of the London Olympics. “Of course,” quipped Cameron, “it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

Sports, it turns out, have played a positive role in the British PM’s relationship with the current American President. They’ve watched basketball games together, including the first round of the NCAA tournament earlier this year. They also teamed up and – memorably – played ping pong doubles at a south London school. President Obama said the twosome were “thrashed” by the students.

On a more serious note, Cameron said on NBC that he enjoys working with President Obama: “You want to have a personal relationship because you’re talking about deep problems. You’re talking about big challenges and you want to have trust.”

And if Romney wins?

“I will work with whoever the American people elect as your president,” he said. “I will be straight in there wanting to work with you because we have so many things we need to do together.”

Mitt Romney, the British PM told his NBC interviewer, “is a very capable man.”