Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu half-apologized Tuesday for suggesting President Obama is un-American.
"Frankly, I made a mistake. I shouldn't have used those words, and I apologize for using those words," Sununu told CNN this afternoon. "I don't apologize for the idea that this president has demonstrated that he does not understand how jobs are created in America."
On a campaign conference call with reporters this morning, the former governor of New Hampshire railed against President Obama. He vented, "I wish this president would learn how to be an American." He quickly tried to walk back the comments on the same phone call. "What I thought I said but what I didn't say is the president has to learn the American formula for creating business," Sununu said, attempting to clarify his remarks.
But on Fox News, Sununu took another swing at Obama: 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, 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."
So he apologized for the un-American line, yet stood by his accusations essentially calling Obama a stoner. If the druggie line is any indication, Sununu seems to have taken Rush Limbaugh's advice.
To help fend off the Obama campaign's attacks on Bain, as we pointed out on The Last Word yesterday, Limbaugh recommended Team Romney "say, 'Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses, and growing this economy, you were a Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke.'"
Today, the conservative talk show host applauded the former governor's efforts and offered up more tips on how to attack.
Limbaugh reflected, "Sununu, in every one of his TV appearances, takes no prisoners. So I think Sununu has been appointed with the task of going out and performing the duties that I am suggesting need to happen. 'Cause that's it: "[I]n Hawaii smoking something.' He's doing it." He continued, "The only thing he left out was that Obama's been mentored, educated, bent and shaped by a bunch of communists. Marxists."