NAACP Convention Boos Romney
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee received a chorus of boos on Wednesday during a speech at the NAACP convention. He caused the boos when he pledged to repeal the healthcare law put in place by President Barack Obama.
The Republican presidential hopeful did not hold back during his speech, while enduring sustained boos from the crowd when he vowed to repeal Obamacare. He received another round of boos after telling the crowd that if they wanted things better for the African-American community then they should elect him as president.
Romney knew it would be an uphill battle addressing the civil rights organization that has been in existence for 103 years. Black support in general for Democrats is much better than for Republicans and in particular for President Obama. During the 2008 election, 95% of all black voters voted for Obama, while 5% more black voters turned out for the election, than in previous elections.
He expressed sympathy for minority group struggles, even after one of the biggest color barriers in the country was broken when Obama became president. He said a number of barriers still remain that are hard to change. Romney also said he is aware than black Americans have had a more difficult struggle, than the entire population taken as a whole, during the recent economic crisis. He noted that unemployment is much higher among black Americans and that they have a lower median wealth than others do.
He did draw small applause when he said he was running for the presidency because he knows his policies will help millions of middle-class Americans of all races, help take people out of poverty and prevent people from falling into poverty.