Former New Hampshire GOP Gov. John Sununu, who for months has acted as a surrogate for Mitt Romney, lashed out at President Barack Obama in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
"I wish this president would learn how to be an American," Sununu said. He later amended the remark, saying, "What I thought I said, but what I didn't say, is the president has to learn the American formula for creating business," Politico reports.
Romney and his campaign staff have criticized the Obama camp for playing gutter politics in criticizing Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital and his taxes.
Obama campaign officials are "clearly and unequivocally liars," Sununu said.
Earlier in the day, Sununu told Fox News, "This is a really dumb White House and a dumb campaign. For them to use the word 'felon' into the discourse reminds people that the president came out of that murky soup of politics in Illinois where, as I've said before, 'politician' and 'felon' are almost synonymous,” Politico
Last week, Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manager, suggested Romney may have committed a felony by listing himself as CEO of Bain after leaving the firm.
"Look, the Chicago formula is the formula this White House uses," Sununu said. "In Chicago, they give grants to their friends that support their campaigns, and that's what this president has done. The Solyndra money went to people who were bundlers and backers and contributors to the president's campaign."
The Energy Department gave a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar panel maker that later failed.
Obama “has no idea how the American system functions,” Sununu said. “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, and when he came to the U.S. 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."
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