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Romney: If Black People Just Want “Free Stuff” They Should Vote For Obama

Romney: If Black People Just Want “Free Stuff” They Should Vote For Obama

 

Mitt Romney drew criticism for comments he made after he addressed the NAACP on Wednesday.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Montana, Romney derided the group for booing his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Romney said that people at the event just wanted “free stuff.”

But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.

The move drew a quick response from Democrats, who accused Romney of racism for insinuating that the nation’s oldest African American advocacy group was looking for handouts.

Romney has used the line before, but he’s targeted it at other marginalized groups. In March, Romney used a similar line when talking to a woman who wanted a guarantee of reproductive health care coverage as part of her health care policy. It was unclear why Romney would refer to a private health-care regulation as “free stuff.”

While the line has been used by Romney before, its juxtaposition with the NAACP speech made that argument a difficult sell. More than a few pundits have suggested that Romney actually hoped to be booed by convention-goers, because the image of Romney being booed by an African American crowd would help him with a subset of his base, which evidently includes a number of racist white voters.

Romney has attacked others for wanting “free stuff,” but as head of Bain Capital, Romney was more than willing to hold his hand out. Bain regularly accepted government subsidies and aid during the time Romney was in charge of it.

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7:40PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I have the same thoughts about the NAACP, and I'm black. HOWEVER, NAACP does not speak for all of us. Romney has a lot of raw nerve to put us all in one basket.

11:50PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Yeah, typing the warmed over right wing talking points in all caps is a much more persuasive way to argue.

11:50PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Yeah, typing the warmed over rig

11:32PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

P.S.!!! ON TOP OF IT ALL UNEMPLOYMENT HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER AND HAS NEVER DROPPED IN OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION FROM BELOW 8%!!!

I AM A PROUD LATINA, AN LET ME SAY THIS: IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE US WAS LATINO/HISPANIC WITH OBAMA'S TRACK RECORD? I WOULD WANT HIM SOOO OUT AS CHIEF AND COMMANDER OF THE US!!!

BUT BLACK ARE AND FEEL PEER PRESSURED BY OTHER BLACK TO VOTE FOR OBAMA JUST BECAUSE HE IS BLACK?!?! Talk about being RACIST!!!

11:25PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Michelle-please save your lame right wing talking points for the idiots on the fox news site.

11:25PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Yea! Obama is giving free stuff we can't afford!! The National Debt is at over 16 trillion dollars! More so than ever before in the history of the US. That's is roughly about 50k for every man, woman and child in the US that Obama has racked up.... For what??? Do that out chasten and their children enharite the debt from the mismanagement and lack of business savy of LOSER OBAMA!?!?

Apple being the most expensive company in the world can be bought over 25 times with 16 trillion dollars... Only idiots think giving 4 more yrs is the way to go. And for the most part it is liberals, blacks, and gays that are pro-Obama.

11:24PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Yea! Obama is giving free stuff we can't afford!! The National Debt is at over 16 trillion dollars! More so than ever before in the history of the US. That's is roughly about 50k for every man, woman and child in the US that Obama has racked up.... For what??? Do that out chasten and their children enharite the debt from the mismanagement and lack of business savy of LOSER OBAMA!?!?

Apple being the most expensive company in the world can be bought over 25 times with 16 trillion dollars... Only idiots think giving 4 more yrs is the way to go. And for the most part it is liberals, blacks, and gays that are pro-Obama.

11:52AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Sure, free stuff. People living on welfare sure live like kings. I'm sure they aspire at a young age to go on welfare and live in the ghetto. But those poor rich folks, those poor "job creators" what will they do when the Bush Tax Cuts expire? Guess they'll just have to lower worker's salaries and cut retirement benefits so the CEO can continue making over 100x their workers (and the gap continues to widen) and dole out bonuses to upper-level management. I know being a CEO must be high pressure, making tough decisions like how much money to donate to Mitt Romney and other politicians so they can dismantle unions and decrease living standards for their employees. Go R-Money!!

9:28AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Some people are willing to say the darnedest things, the most outlandish lies and distortions. They care little for their reputation or credibility and only care how loud, abusive and derogatory their message can be. They seem to enjoy creating the most hateful impression of others. They seem to enjoy the belief that they are creating the aura of the tough guy or gal stomping their foot and making claims patently false and doing so simply to make people angry. When actually they are making themselves look deranged and snarky. Frequently, to emphasize how much they want to agitate people, they will resort to capitalizing numerous strings of words to appear as if they are shouting and to imply as if capitalization somehow makes a lie truthful.

9:16AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thank you Jean for another example of your willful mischaracterization of the way things are attacking the President and supporting his replacement by a guy who is trying to buy an election instead of win it on merit, while his cronies work to deny voters from their constitutional rights.

If that is what you support Jean you are not only not a patriot, but you are anti-American.

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