Romney distances self from 'Anglo Saxon' remark

By KASIE HUNT | July 25, 2012 | 7:43 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the VFW convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, July 24, 2012 before a major foreign policy address before he embarks on an international trip. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Jose Luis Villegas) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from an unnamed adviser quoted in British media as suggesting that President Barack Obama doesn't understand the "Anglo-Saxon" heritage shared by Britain and the U.S.

Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Wednesday that if an adviser did say that, the adviser wasn't reflecting Romney's views.

Vice President Joe Biden and top Obama strategist David Axelrod criticized Romney over the comments reported in the Daily Telegraph.

The London paper quoted an unnamed adviser saying that Romney believes the U.S. relationship with Britain is special because of shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" and that the White House doesn't appreciate that shared history.

Biden says the comments are a "disturbing" start to Romney's overseas trip.