Romney booed at NAACP gathering
On July 13, 2012 At 10:38 pm
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During Mitt Romney's speech at the NAACP meeting people booed him when he criticized Obama and health care.
"If I am President, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda," Romney said.
"If you want a President who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him," he said.
Those lines triggered boos, which last fifteen seconds, and displeasure from the crowd, especially when he vowed to repeal "Obamacare".
Romney believed that the people were with him more than they were against him. The NAACP released a statement thanking him for coming out, but only 1% of African-Americans voters want Romney as president and much of his agenda is at odds with what the NAACP stands for, whether it is health care, marriage equality, education reform, or jobs.
In a recent poll 87% of African-Americans support Obama.
The booing was more than Romney received during speeches thus far, even though he commented on the Republican's record recently and added quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. and Fredrick Douglas.
"The Republican Party's record, by the measures you rightly apply, is not perfect," Romney said. "Any party that claims a perfect record doesn't know history the way you know it."
"If I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color – and families of any color – more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for President," said Romney.
"The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich," he said to polite applause. "Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not."
According to ABC News, Romney planned to give the NAACP the same message he planned to give at every speech he gives across the nation.
"I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs, and if jobs is the priority, then we're going to have to replace it with something that actually holds down healthcare costs, as opposed to causing more spending for the government and more spending for American families," Romney said.
Romney did get some applause at the NAACP meeting, but the amount of applause did not out do people's boos, which happened three times during his speech and some supported it.
Critics in Obama's camp charged immediately after the speech that Romney planned to be booed in an effort to charge up Republican voters.
"I believe he included that part of the speech intentionally," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said. "And I think the audience responded appropriately."
Others believe that Romney is just going through the motion and doing what he thinks will get him elected, including attacking Health Care Reform. Former NAACP president of the Bostonchapter stated that Romney has no record on civil rights.
Vice President Biden will speak at the next NAACP conference in Houston.