Jul 11, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
I suspect that most non partisans will give him credit for speaking in front of a crowd that he knew would be hostile to begin with.
Mitt Romney told the NAACP on Wednesday that President Obama has made it worse for African-Americans “in almost every way.”
“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone,” Romney told the nation’s leading civil rights group at their national convention in Houston, Texas. “Instead, it’s worse for African-Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income and median family wealth are all worse for the black community."
While Obama carried the black vote in a landslide in 2008 and leads Romney 92 to 2 percent among black voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, Romney hopes his economic pitch will resonate with a group that has been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. He's made a similar appeal to other voting blocs, such as Hispanics and women.
Romney on Wednesday delivered an aggressive speech to a potentially-hostile audience. He acknowledged the historic nature of Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he became the country’s first black president, but also made the case for his own candidacy.
“I can’t promise that I will agree on every issue, but I do promise that your hospitality to me today will be returned,” Romney said, earning applause and a swell of organ music. He also promised that he would say “yes” if invited back to speak at the convention next year as president, likely a dig at Obama, who is not scheduled to speak to the conference this year.
Romney earned mild applause during his speech but spoke to a seemingly skeptical crowd. He earned the loudest response — widespread “boos” — when he referred to his pledge to repeal “ObamaCare,” the president’s healthcare reform legislation. But Romney, who paused to let the crowd respond, deviated from his prepared remarks to double-down on his pledge.