Updated at 9:51 p.m. ET: The Romney campaign ratcheted up its language on Tuesday in a conference call on which former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John Sununu said he wished President Obama “would learn how to be an American.”
Sununu led a series of Romney surrogates in questioning the president’s commitment to economic freedom, dredging up the president’s ties to Tony Rezko; another speaker on the conference call said Obama’s policies were akin to “socialism.”
But it was Sununu’s questioning of whether the president understood how to be an American, even after a subsequent walk-back, that made the call feel like part of a late-October attack, and not a story out of what Sununu called the “summer doldrums.”
“The president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no idea how the American economy functions. The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world – it is the American way,” Sununu said in his opening remarks of the conference call.