Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of having a philosophy that is “in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy” during an appearance on The Kudlow Report on Monday.
According to The Daily Kos, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate went on the show Monday to discuss Obama’s July 13 speech in Roanoke, Virginia. The Romney campaign has seized on a part of the speech where Obama says, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Romney told host Larry Kudlow he found the entire speech more disconcerting as a whole.
“He says, you know, you think you’ve been successful because you’re smart, but he says a lot of people are smart,” Romney said. “You think you’ve been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we’re all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It’s a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy.”
Last week on The Rachel Maddow Show, former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert criticized Romney for falling in line with a decades-old Republican strategy using coded language to reach out to racist voters.
“With Barack Obama as president, the code words are ‘foreign,’ perhaps ‘Muslim,’ maybe ‘not Christian,’” Herbert said. “It all means not one of us and what they mean by ‘us’ is a certain kind of white person.”
During a speech Monday night in Oakland, Obama accused Romney of knowingly twisting his words.
“I understand these are the games that are played in political campaigns,” Obama said. “Although when folks omit entire sentences of what you said – splicing and dicing – they may have gone a little over the edge there.”
The video, posted by the Daily Kos July 24, is below: