Mitt Romney was booed Wednesday at the NAACP conference for promising to repeal the president’s signature health care reform law, bringing him to an awkward halt in the middle of an otherwise civilly-received pitch for black voters.
“I’m going to eliminate every non-essential, expensive program I can find, that includes Obamacare, and I’m going to work to reform and save –” Romney said before being interrupted for about 15 seconds.
Romney wasn’t entering a crowd that was likely to be convinced: a vast majority of black voters went for President Barack Obama in 2008. Still, Romney made an attempt at the Houston conference to tout his policies and say they would better serve the black community on education, unemployment and traditional marriage.
For the most part, the audience was quiet and polite, applauding at points and listening to his pitch. He explained why he made the appearance by saying he understands the importance of all Americans.
“With 90 percent of African Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community, and to address the NAACP,” Romney said. “Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.”
Well, he has guts for speaking where he knows he is so unpopular, but someone forgot to reset the etch-a-sketch for him for that audience. He and other Republicans should be prepared for lots more of this as they get closer to election time and keep repeating how they’re going to repeal Obamacare without offering an alternate plan in a country where medical care is one of the leading causes of financial woes.
Do you think it was right of the audience to boo Money Mitt?