Romney’s Surrogate Sununu: ‘I Wish This President Would Learn How To Be an American’

Mitt Romney’s surrogate John Sununu said during a conference call that he wished President Obama “would learn how to be an American.”

The former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff questioned the president’s Americanness. Photo: John Tully/Flickr

Sununu’s willingness to throw punches has made him the wartime consigliere for the Romney campaign, reports The Huffington Post.

“The president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the American economy functions,” Sununu said in his opening remarks of the conference call.

“The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world – it is the American way.”

Romney’s surrogate went on, adding: “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”

Sununu’s remark sounded like an echo of the claims by some conservative groups that the president was not born in the US or, having spent part of his life in Indonesia, he is somehow un-American, writes The Guardian.

However, later he tried to clarify and downplay the remark, saying: “What I thought I said, but I guess I didn’t say, is that the president has to learn the American formula for creating business. If I didn’t give all that detail I apologize.”

But before this he went even further, when speaking to FOX News, questioning whether Obama’s values were red, white and blue.

“He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia,” Sununu said.

He continued: “And, frankly, when he came to the U.S., he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”

“There has been no experience in his life in which he’s earned a private-sector paycheck that meant anything,” former New Hampshire governor concluded.

When asked to comment on a new Obama campaign’s ad which suggests Romney might not have paid taxes late in his Bain career, Sununu responded without thinking twice.

“It just shows how stupid the Obama campaign is,” Sununu said, suggesting that if the Republican candidate had not paid taxes the IRS would be “knocking at his door.”

“The Obama campaign has once again demonstrated that they are clearly and unequivocally a bunch of liars,” he added.

In response to Sununu’s remarks, the Obama campaign, described it as a “meltdown” by the Romney aides in trying to switch public attention from questions about the Republican challenger’s tax returns and his being at Bain Capital.

“The Romney campaign has officially gone off the deep end,” an Obama campaign spokeswoman said.

Still, later Tuesday, Romney’s surrogate admitted that he did go too far in his efforts to argue that Obama doesn’t understand how jobs are created in America.

“I wanted to come back to that same theme in that riff that you just played there. And instead of saying that he’s got to learn the American formula for creating jobs, I — I did say those words that are there,” he explained.

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