VIDEO: Romney Booed By NAACP
Mitt Romney received a mixed reception from civil rights group the NAACP when he addressed their annual national convention in Houston earlier today. While the crowd was “mostly” polite and even applauded (according to NPR), the Republican presidential candidate received boos and even catcalls for repeating his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and for saying that he was the candidate who “can make things better in the African-American community.”
The address was a bold move by Romney, who hopes to draw some support from the African American community, which went for Barack Obama by 95% in 2008. The Romney campaign hopes that prolonged economic troubles and disagreements on some social issues will have weakened that support for the president: in his speech, Gov. Romney reminded the crowd that African Americans face an even higher (and increasing) unemployment rate than the general population, and said he would support “traditional” marriage. He also sought to take advantage of the president’s absence from the convention (Vice President Joe Biden spoke instead).
But much attention is being focused on the few moments of the speech that didn’t go over so well.
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[via The Atlantic Wire; photo via Evan Vucci/AP]