Call it an “unfortunate turn of phrase.” Advisers to presidential candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney are vowing that as president, he would restore “Anglo-Saxon” understanding between the United States and Great Britain.

The statements were made to Britain’s London Telegraph on condition of anonymity, since Romney has reportedly asked that his team not criticize the president to foreign media … at least not under their own names. From the Telegraph:

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”. [sic]

Mr [sic] Romney on Wednesday embarks on an overseas tour of Britain, Israel and Poland designed to quash claims by Mr Obama’s team that he is a “novice” in foreign affairs. It comes four years after Mr Obama’s own landmark foreign tour, which attracted thousands of supporters.

He lands in London early on Wednesday morning, in advance of meetings with David Cameron and other senior ministers on Thursday. He will also meet Ed Miliband and Tony Blair before attending two lucrative fundraisers and the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Read the rest at the London Telegraph.