LONDON - US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began a foreign tour on Wednesday on the back foot, with his campaign forced to dismiss a report that an adviser accused President Barack Obama of not understanding the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" of Britain and the United States.
As Romney arrived in London for a three-day stay, The Daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney campaign adviser as lauding the special relationship between the two countries.
"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special," the Telegraph quoted the adviser as saying, "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."
The Daily Telegraph said the adviser's remarks "may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity."
Romney is in London to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on Friday, the first leg of a week-long trip that will take him to Israel and Poland as he seeks to burnish his foreign policy credentials and present himself as a viable alternative to the Democratic incumbent.
A Romney spokesperson denied that the Anglo-Saxon comment represented his campaign's thinking.