An unnamed adviser to Mitt Romney told the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that President Obama has not been a good partner for Britain because he doesn’t “fully appreciate” America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”
The racially charged statements came hours before Romney landed in London for a series of meetings and the opening of the Olympic Games.
Jon Swaine, a reporter for the Daily Telegraph, wrote:
In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr. Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr. Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr. Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
In response, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said: “‘It’s not true. If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Gov. Romney or anyone inside the campaign."
Daily Telegraph reporter Jon Swaine, says he talked to “a member of the foreign policy advisory team” for the Romney campaign.
The Daily Telegraph told TalkingPointsMemo.com that the paper "has not received a request from the Romney campaign to retract or correct the story.”
Vice President Joe Biden responded: "Not surprisingly, this is just another feeble attempt by the Romney campaign to score political points at the expense of this critical partnership. This assertion is beneath a presidential campaign."