Romney Gets Booed At NAACP, Continues To Pressure Health Care Issue
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was booed during a speech at the NAACP Wednesday when he promised to repeal health care reform put in place by President Obama, according to MSNBC.
MSNBC said: "If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year. So to do that, 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, being interrupted by boos.
Romney otherwise encountered polite applause in his speech, which hit on themes of jobs and the economy -- mainstays of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's overall stump speech -- as well as education reform.
Here's video of Romney getting booed.
Romney joked about facing a hard sell in terms of taking African-American voters away from President Obama's campaign.
According to USA Today, Obama won 96% of the black vote in the 2008 election.
The Obama campaign released a long memo detailing with Romney would be a bad candidate for African-American voters, saying that the Republican candidate "opposes efforts to create jobs for African Americans," and citing Romney's policy on tax cuts for the wealthy.
Romney promised the NAACP that he would return to speak there if he were elected President in November, while Obama will not be attending the conference this year.
Romney invoked the memory of his late father, the former governor of Michigan, who clashed with his party over civil rights issues.
USA Today said: George Romney declined to back Barry Goldwater as the GOP presidential nominee in 1964 because of concerns that the Arizonan was vying for the votes of white segregationists in the South. In the run-up to his own 1968 presidential bid, the elder Romney toured urban areas decimated by race riots in Detroit and other cities.
Vice President Joe Biden will speak to the NAACP Thursday.
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