An adviser for Mitt Romney on Tuesday said the Republican presidential candidate would have better relations with England because of his Anglo-Saxon ancestors.
Romney has planned a six-day overseas tour to meet high-ranking officials in England, Israel and Poland. The tour begins Wednesday in London.
"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special," the adviser told London's Daily Telegraph. "The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have."
President Barack Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother was an American with mostly English ancestry.
The advisers also described the President as "left winger" whose "first instinct is to reach out to America’s adversaries" and was "very comfortable with American decline."
Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has accused Romney of using "coded language," a decades-old strategy to reach out to racist voters. The Republican candidate has repeatedly used the word "foreign" to describe Obama, implying that he is not a true American because of his multicultural heritage.
[H/T: Think Progress]