YDA Responds to Romney Advisor's "Anglo-Saxon" Comments

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Yesterday news broke that Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign, out of ideas and desperate to change the subject from his failed policies to create jobs in Massachusetts, outsourcing of good paying jobs as CEO of Bain Capitol, and the growing chorus of members of his own party calling for him to provide a more complete view of how he made his millions by releasing his tax returns, took to the very gutter of American politics by injecting race in this campaign. Failing to adhere to the time-honored tradition of having our politics stop at the waters edge, an adviser to Gov. Romney told a paper in London that President Obama has not been an effective partner for Great Britain because he doesn’t “fully appreciate” America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

“Mr. Romney has surrounded himself with advisers who don't seem to understand that the United States is a melting pot and the contributions of all of America's people and cultures are what make this country great”, said Ralph Johnson, chairman of the Young Democrats of America’s Minority Caucus.  He went on to say these comments, which come on the heels of those by Romney campaign co-chair Gov. John Sununu who also alluded to the president’s multi-racial background, “is a slap in the face to those who have stood for civil rights and social equality.”

"The Young Democrats of America and indeed the majority of young Americans across our nation are a generation that categorically reject these racially tinged comments and support the position of Vice President Biden that these comments are "beneath the dignity of a presidential campaign", said Colmon Elridge, Executive Vice President of YDA. "It is clear that unable to gain traction with the American electorate on the issues or his record, Mr. Romney and his campaign have decided to play to the lowest levels. As the father of two bi-racial children I can assure the Romney campaign that my sons, as does the President, not only understand both their Anglo-Saxon and African American heritage, but more importantly understand their American heritage, which in this nation is what we should be defined by."

Over the next 103 days, the Young Democrats of America, working with our nationwide network of state and local chapters, will continue to build upon our work from 2008 in support of the re-election of President Obama as well as to support Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and local and statewide races throughout the nation.