Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu on Tuesday invoked the type of bondage-related language that placed Vice President Joe Biden in hot water recently when he stood at the podium of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to formally nominate Mitt Romney as the party's presidential candidate.
During his pitch, Sununu said a Romney administration would "unshackle" domestic energy resources previously left dormant.
"In these critical times, our nation still depends on others for our energy resources, even though we share the largest supply of energy in the world," Sununu said. "We have an administration now that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies. Mitt Romney will unshackle our assets and lead us to real energy independence."
After Biden was heavily criticized for suggesting earlier this month that a Romney presidency would put Americans "back in chains," the Obama campaign responded by arguing that Republicans frequently use the word "unshackle"to describe their intent to reverse the president's policies.