Romney spokesperson: ‘If’ anyone made ‘Anglo-Saxon’ remark, it’s not true
Andrea Saul, a spokesperson for Mitt Romney’s campaign, on Wednesday indicated that it was possible that one of the GOP hopeful adviser’s may have suggested that President Barack Obama doesn’t appreciate the Anglo-Saxon heritage shared by Britain and the United States — but she insisted that the candidate did not agree with the remarks.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that a member of Romney’s foreign policy advisory team had told the paper that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would restore “Anglo-Saxon” relations between Britain and the U.S.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser reportedly said ahead of Romney’s trip to London.
“The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
As the Telegraph and others have noted, the comments opened Romney’s campaign up to charges of racial insensitivity.
But on Wednesday, Saul said the remarks did not reflect Romney’s beliefs, but did not deny that someone may have made the comment.
“It’s not true,” she told CBSNews.com. “If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign.”
The Telegraph has told Think Progress that it stands by its reporting.
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