Romney Met With Boos at NAACP Convention

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP’s annual convention in Houston, Texas. He received a less-than-warm welcome.

“I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president,” Romney told the group.

Romney said it was “nonsense” that his policy proposals would mostly help the rich, and added, “My campaign is about helping people who need help.”

Romney received loud and sustained boos when he spoke about health care.

“I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits,” Romney said.

Romney told the audience, “If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him.”

NAACP officials were polite in their disagreement with Romney.

“We are pleased that Governor Romney addressed our convention today,” NAACP Chair Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement. “Unfortunately, much of his agenda is at odds with what the NAACP stands for – whether the issue is equal access to affordable health care, reforming our education system or the path forward on marriage equality.”

Dedrick Muhammad, the NAACP’s Economic Development Director, said that he thought Romney was tone-deaf, and somewhat patronizing.

“He knew to bring up great civil rights stalwarts and quote them, but he still seems to have great distance in understanding the needs of our community,” Muhammad told Buzzfeed. “Instead of just throwing out buzzwords — ‘charter schools,’ ‘free enterprise’ — you can’t just say that to us and get a positive reception.”

Romney told Fox’s Neil Cavuto that he was expecting to be booed.

“I think we expected that,” Romney said.

The Romney campaign later admitted that Romney wasn’t really trying to win over African American votes.

“I think it’s important to send a message that he’s going to be president of the entire United States,” an unnamed adviser told Buzzfeed.

In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Romney trailed President Barack Obama among African Americans by a 92-1 margin.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

At least he showed up. Obama didn't even bother, he sent Biden.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Rose L, I've never read a post from you that was not full of ignorance and hatred and insults.

Your little useless sould must be black and shriveled.

Dennis Warren

92-1, and I wonder who the 1 is/are. Probably self loathing black gay rich rethugs, who know they'll be better off under a rmoney presidency, and care nothing about equality or justice.

Rose L.
Rose L5 years ago

@ Kenneth M: "The rest of your deluded post merely cooborates the stupidity that was highlighted in that sentence. You wouldn't know a true conservative if one shat on your empty head."

Your entire post was but a string of hatred that emanates from an empty soul that has nothing else to do but vomit personal insults at others.

You are the one who is an "ignorant idiot" and totally stained from the shat oozing from you're own empty head!

JT S5 years ago

I think the reason Obama doesn't interview on Fox News is basically the same reason people like myself refuse to watch it: Whenever we actively have to deal with any aspect of Fox News directly (including just watching it air), we feel the need to have our souls fumigated afterwards.

Besides Fox News is to journalism what toilet paper is to the BBC.

A N M.
anne M5 years ago

Mitt Romney really looks like Norman Bates in Psycho, doesn't he? Actually, Romney is just another racist piece of crap and he knows it, we know it, and everybody in the world knows it. But then, if you read the Book of Mormon, you'll know why. He's just another idiotic cult member just like Travolta, Cruise, and the rest of that cult trash, regardless if they're mormons or scientologists or members of some other cult. People like that don't belong into the White House period.

Theo C.
Theo C5 years ago

There are 30 million Americans who Romney doesn't stand for. Those he wants to deny health coverage. Some of those Americans were in the audience booing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

He also got some applause during the speech too, and also a standing ovation. He told them the same things he says every where else. He was respectful to them and they to him.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

His campaign has been nothing less than shameless. Lies, lies, and more lies. Playing one american against another. Refusing to release the last ten years of his tax returns. Bain during his tenor was the blue print for destroying america's manufacturing and leaving communities in every state in the union desimated. This is the Republican canidate for President? Lets give him a one way ticket to China.

Steve R.
Steve R5 years ago

"Romney Met With Boos at NAACP Convention"....

Well surprise, surprise!

After all, Obama is their man - right? "African Americans for Obama" and all that racist crap!

Are we surprised they booed Romney?

Well yes - if you believe that they booed EVERYTHING he said, instead of just the repeal of their beloved "Affordable Care Act" - in their minds - Obama's ONLY success story so far!

And NO - if you're Romney! He wasn't surprised! He addressed the NAACP for a purpose - but of course - you can't see it, can you.

Don't worry - it will come to you sometime!