LONDON (CBS DC) — A Mitt Romney adviser reportedly said that President Obama doesn’t understand America’s Anglo-Saxon heritage.
In a statement to London’s Daily Telegraph, a Romney insider said that the United States “is part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and (Mitt Romney) feels that the special relationship is special.”
The insider, who was identified as an adviser to the presidential hopeful, also added that “the White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
However, the Romney campaign is denying the comment. In a statement to CBS News, Andrea Saul, Romney’s press secretary, said that the insider’s comments did not reflect Romney’s views.
“It’s not true,” Saul said in a statement to CBS News. “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign,”
President Obama is of a mixed race heritage. His father was from Kenya, and his mother was of Irish heritage and hailed from Kansas.
This is not the first time that the president has been accused of dismissing American-Anglo relations. In 2009, Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to English diplomats. That same year he also rejected a meeting with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a United Nations conference.
Romney promises to restore the bust if he is elected.
CBSDC contacted the campaigns for Mitt Romney and President Obama for comment.