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Meet Romney's loudest race-baiter: John Sununu

John Sununu's claim that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because both men are black shouldn't have come as a surprise.

John Sununu's claim that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because both men are black shouldn't have come as a surprise. Sununu, a top surrogate for the Mitt Romney campaign, has made a habit of leveling racially charged attacks against Obama, with nary a word of condemnation from the Republican nominee for president.

The former chief of staff for former George H.W. Bush and a former governor of New Hampshire, Sununu has been an active Romney surrogate on the cable TV circuit. His remarks are often bombastic and aggressive, but in several cases they've crossed the line into more offensive territory, sometimes forcing him to later "clarify" his meaning. Yet with the election less than two weeks away, Sununu survives as a co-chair of the Romney campaign.

Let's play Sununu says:

The president isn’t even smart (Harvard be damned):

“When you’re not that bright you can’t get better prepared,” Sununu said of Obama following the first presidential debate.

Obama isn’t really an American:

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. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.

Obama is definitely a foreigner (Indonesia! Hawaii!!):

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, another set of years in Indonesia. And, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.

Obama is lazy, disengaged, and incompetent:

What people saw last night I think was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is. And how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are and how he has failed to even begin to address them…He didn’t want to prepare for this debate. He’s lazy and disengaged.

Very lazy, very un-smart and dangerous:

One of the key responsibilities of a president is to keep up with the intelligence data that's coming in and what's going on around the world…This president thinks he's so smart, he doesn't have to go through that! He thinks he doesn't need to put the extra work in for going through that process. That's why I say he's lazy and detached. And unfortunately, Ambassador Stevens suffered the consequences of us not providing adequate security there.

And of course, Colin Powell only endorsed Obama because they’re both black:

When you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama. When you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States–I applaud Colin Powell for standing with him.

Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba to a Palestinian-American father.

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