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Mitt Romney's Gay Politics Booed During NAACP Speech: VIDEO

MittRomneyNAACPMitt Romney popped into the NAACP's national conference today to woo African-American voters. Telling the audience that he has the "best interest" of the entire nation in mind, Romney reportedly told the crowd he will stand for people of "every race, creed and sexual orientation."

Later in the speech, though, Romney contradicted himself, saying, "As president, I will promote strong families and defend traditional marriage." According to the Washington Blade's Michael K. Lavers, Romney's remark was "soundly booed."

Romney was again jeered when he claimed his administration would be better for African-Americans than President Obama, and then yet again when he vowed to repeal "non-essential" services like "Obamacare." You can watch footage of those last two incidents AFTER THE JUMP.

Romney's speech was an attempt to present his campaign as sympathetic to woes facing many black Americans. "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it's worse for African Americans in almost every way," he said.

"Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover — and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer."

He also declared, "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept."

Watch video of Romney being booed AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. You know what, though, I'll give Mittens some credit for walking into this lions den.

    Republicans should have been doing this all along

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 12:02:26 PM


  2. Please Mittens went there to score political points that can be used on Fox news. "See how uncivil 'they' are". The chances of Mittens getting votes from the African American voters would be like, waiting for NOM to denounce homophobia.

    Posted by: hassia | Jul 11, 2012 12:08:34 PM


  3. Please Mittens went there to score political points that can be used on Fox news. "See how uncivil 'they' are". The chances of Mittens getting votes from the African American voters would be like, waiting for NOM to denounce homophobia.

    Posted by: hassia | Jul 11, 2012 12:08:42 PM


  4. Basically what he is saying is that if you ate not white or Mormon like me, then it is non-essential.

    Posted by: Guest | Jul 11, 2012 12:09:15 PM


  5. no doubt MiTT was sweating profusely.....then got off stage and into his limo and a was handed a Martini to calm his nerves down...he'd never seen so many blacks in one place before - except on TV

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 11, 2012 12:13:05 PM


  6. no doubt MiTT was sweating profusely.....then got off stage and into his limo and a was handed a Martini to calm his nerves down...he'd never seen so many blacks in one place before - except on TV

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 11, 2012 12:13:10 PM


  7. @Hassia

    As a black man and, more importantly in this case, a native Michigander, I disagree with you.

    A presidential candidiate with the last name of Romney would be able to get a portion of the black vote, especially if the President weren't a black man.

    Jack Kemp sdaid a long time ago that republicans should be making this push and George W. Bush did make some half-hearted attempts to do so. Pretty soon, the republicans will not be able to rely on the racist white vote...George W. Bush knew that and so does Mitt Romney.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 12:16:18 PM


  8. Kev, Willard deserves no credit for this. This is a tradition stretching back decades. As uncomfortable as it has been for race-baiting Republican candidates, they've been forced by political necessity to make the election year trek to the NAACP convention lest they further alienate "moderate" swing voters. This is pure politics. http://www.eurweb.com/2012/07/earl-ofari-hutchinson-why-romney-bothers-to-address-the-naacp/

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 11, 2012 12:17:51 PM


  9. This is of course a farce. The NAACP has been owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Democrats for as long as I've been alive. NAACP and a few black community leaders [self-described leaders] are hip to the left/right game played in America and elsewhere, and use it to mostly enrich and glorify themselves. They will go along with the far left side of the progressive/liberal team as long as they're basically brought off. The NAACP is a joke, a a caricature of what it was before and during the civil rights movement. Black, white, Asian, Martian, Hispanic so-called leaders and advocates all are easily corrupted and are.

    And no, I AM NOT DEFENDING ROMNEY OR REPUBLICANS. I am not a Republican.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 12:18:21 PM


  10. "They will go along with the far left side of the progressive/liberal team as long as they're basically brought off"

    Exactly. And gay people should learn from that experience and not ghettoize themselves in one political party and not allow themselves to become the wards of the Far Left.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 11, 2012 12:24:22 PM


  11. Patric-

    and I would respond by saying that the race-baiting (at least for most contemporary candidates) at the presidential level is about political necessity.

    also, I don't have a problem with Romney (or Obama for that matter) playing "pure politics". EVERY politician does that.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 12:24:33 PM


  12. I don't care who booed those statements, whether it was the NAACP or the NRA or the Watonga Oklahoma Sausage and Cheese Festival. The fact is that the statements themselves deserved to be jeered by anyone who had the misfortune to hear them.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 11, 2012 12:28:49 PM


  13. lol...

    gay people should learn from that experience and not ghettoize themselves in one political party and not allow themselves to become the wards of the Far Left.

    Tell you what, go back and read a little something about WEB Dubois and the reason why Dubois endorsed Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 elections, what happened in the aftermath with Wilson's relations with the black community then come back and talk to me.

    Black folks done been there and done done that over 100 years ago.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 12:29:05 PM


  14. @ratbastard It is quite clear by your comment that you are not a minority. The NAACP has its faults like many agencies,to write them off as a relic of yesterday shows your lack of understanding of what it is like, not to be a white male in this society. I guess the likes of Jack A. Abramoff don't come to mind

    Posted by: hassia | Jul 11, 2012 12:38:05 PM


  15. While I feel Obama is somewhat detached from HIS talking points in making Political cache; Romney is TOTALLY insincere and disingenuous. I think any discussion with middle America that doesn't include hope, total equality with the American system, and real economic security for the common citizen will fail for Romney as he is immensely self-involved, shadowy, oligarchical and a religious pawn.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jul 11, 2012 12:43:28 PM


  16. Booing is really the only appropriate respond to Romney showing up here. He isn't the least concerned with issues that are important to the NAACP. He's only too happy that his party is working in states across the country to purge people of color from the voting rolls and disenfranchise them. He doesn't want people of color to vote because he knows they won't vote for him. And he dares to show his face there? Better to stay away and at least not add insult to injury of pretending he cares about this constituency, as though the NAACP members are too stupid to see the truth. They aren't.

    Posted by: Scott Wooledge | Jul 11, 2012 12:48:25 PM


  17. And yes, I think it's entirely possible the campaign intended to stir this sort of response to heighten racial tensions and make Romney a cause célèbre among racist white voters. (As if that wasn't already the case, I know...)

    "OMG, look at those black people, being so rude..."

    Whatever.

    Posted by: Scott Wooledge | Jul 11, 2012 12:51:11 PM


  18. Romney went on to say "Now, I don't know very many black people, but a number of my closest friends own several."

    He was stunned by the lack of applause.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 11, 2012 12:51:46 PM


  19. @Hassia,

    What 'minority' are you?

    1) I'm a male, the minority gender

    2) I'm gay, a minority sexual orientation

    3) I'm non-religious, Agnostic, which most definitely makes me a minority. I was born and raised Catholic, which again makes me a minority.

    4) I have green eyes, which makes me a minority. Most people in the world and the U.S. have brown eyes.

    5) I come from a lower socioeconomic class, certainly not privileged in ANY way. I don't qualify for any legal [preferential treatment because, well, I have politically incorrect skin tone.

    Give me a f*cking break, you B*tch.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 12:54:36 PM


  20. @Little Canadian,

    There's A LOT more 'black' people in the U.S. than in Canada. Southern white people have far more interaction with black people than the average Canadian.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 12:56:11 PM


  21. @Chitown Kev, as a born and raised Michigander I disagree with you that Romney is viable at all in Michigan.

    1. his "hometown" credentials are way overstated in Michigan. His family left there nearly 50 years ago and never returned. Trust me, Michiganders do not view him as "one of us." (Regardless home town boys DO lose their state, witness Al Gore and many others.)

    2. More importantly, Michiganders are fiercely protective of the only game in town: the auto industry. Whether they are directly employed or not, everyone there knows the Big 3 are the life blood of Michigan's economy. There's no way Romney can spin his "let Detroit go bankrupt" statements.

    He's toast in Michigan and the polls prove it.

    Posted by: Scott Wooledge | Jul 11, 2012 12:56:25 PM


  22. Forgot Hassia,

    I'm left handed *gasp*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 12:57:19 PM


  23. Romney got a standing ovation at the end of the speech. How come no one reported on that? What was the response of the NAACP to Romney's sworn support of traditional marriage?

    THe only thing this blog reported was the three points the audience did not like. Meanwhile Guess Who? is not even going to speak to the group... BHO.

    Posted by: ted baldwin | Jul 11, 2012 1:01:35 PM


  24. @Scott Wooledge,

    Michigan better have a back up plan if they're still hoping for a revival of the glory days of the auto industry. Ain't gonna happen. Why didn't Michigan and the midwest states in general have back up plans for inevitable decline of heavy industry? The writing was on the wall for decades before the final collapse.

    And Democratic 'progressives' sure did a nice job with Detroit over the past half century. All that enabling ignorant 'lifestyles', corruption, ridiculous economic policies sure helped Michigan and Detroit, haven't they?

    YES, the Republicans are JUST AS BAD as the Democrats. They share equal blame. They both S*CK.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 11, 2012 1:02:31 PM


  25. @Scott...

    well, remember, I am speaking less about Michigan overall and more about the black community in Michigan.

    People of my mother's generation remember George Romney quite fondly and if the Republican Party had its' share of moderates nowadays and if this was, say, Hillary Clinton instead of a black man named Barack Obama Mitt would be able to peel away a few black votes.

    Now about your other points you are correct, of course, and I, too, think that Romney is toast in Michigan especially for those comments about the auto industry.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 11, 2012 1:05:34 PM


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