Romney said he 'expected' boos at NAACP speech
July 11th, 2012
04:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney said he 'expected' boos at NAACP speech

(CNN) - Shortly after a speech at the NAACP convention where he was booed, Mitt Romney said Wednesday he "expected" the crowd's negative reaction to his remarks.

Romney drew a few round of boos during the address in Houston, in which he asserted his plan to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform law should he make it to the Oval Office. But the crowd wasn't entirely unreceptive to Romney, as he also received several applause lines, with occasional bursts of organ music, as well.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee defended his speech in an interview later in the day.

"I think we expected that," he said on Fox Business Network, referring to the audience's negative response. "I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs."

Asked if believes he could pull away some of the 96% of African Americans who voted for Obama in 2008, Romney said yes.

"I do actually. I spoke with a number African American leaders after the event, and they said a lot of folks don't want to say they are not going to vote for Barack Obama but they are disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools, disappointed in urban policy, disappointed in the economy," he said.

The Republican focused much of his speech Wednesday on the economy, though occasionally touched on social and education policies.

"I expect to get African American votes," Romney said. "At the end of my speech, having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience. While we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, a lot of issues we see eye to eye."

Romney also drew boos during his remarks when he suggested to the predominately-black audience that he would be the best president on their behalf.

"I submit to you this: if you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him," Romney said.

The candidate, however, received praise from the audience, particularly when he laid out his reason for visiting the convention.

"Now with 90% of African-Americans, who typically vote for Democrats, you may wonder, or some may wonder, why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community and to address the NAACP," Romney said. "One reason, of course, is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed and sexual orientation. From the poorest to the richest and everyone in between."

– CNN's Shawna Shepherd, Shannon Travis and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. 333maxwell

    That's one way to spin 'wow, I shouldn't of walked in there completely and utterly politically tone deaf'.

    July 11, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    "Find something that Obama has done that is comparable to what Chavez has done."
    -–
    Chavez nationalized his country's oil industry. Obama nationalized our country's auto industry.
    *************************************************
    There is a world of difference between saving an industry form being sold off for pennies on the dollar and nationalizing it. For a person who claims a graduate degree in business, you show a shocking lack of knowlege of how business operates and its role with the government.

    July 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. tellin it like it is

    romney told them like it is, no pandering, no freebies like obama. too many democrat koolaide drinkers there to understand it though. their loss.

    July 11, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Mark L.

    "Mitt Romney said Wednesday he expected the crowd's negative reaction to his remarks."...Really, Mitt Romney?? Wow, too bad I wasn't there...Bet you wouldn't have expected ROTTEN TOMATOES and ROTTEN EGGS being thrown at you from my friends and I, or would you?? LMAO...

    July 11, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "At the end of my speech, having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience.
    ------------------------------------------------
    A marked difference to the rude reception given to our First Lady and Dr. Biden by the NASCAR crowd, or by the Teatards to the current President.
    That particular comment, though, was one of the classiest things I've EVER heard you say Romney. Kind of you to admit that it was indeed generous and hospitable. Some people could learn some things from other people, ya' know?

    July 11, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Expat American

    "....From the poorest....."

    That's the best part.

    July 11, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. cali girl

    You could tell by the slimy smirk on his face.

    July 11, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. lagunalad

    What a patronizing fool...unbelievable that Romney's team of village idiots thought his speech would help embrace the black community.

    July 11, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "A marked difference to the rude reception given to our First Lady and Dr. Biden by the NASCAR crowd, or by the Teatards to the current President."

    Hey now! It's TEATROLLS, not Teat–s. There's a reason I switched it myself! :-)

    "too many democrat koolaide drinkers there to understand it though'

    Yeah, I mean, clearly, when you have a crowd full of minorities, they couldn't possibly be educated and aware enough of their surroundings to have formed their own opinions about the failure of GOP economic policies over the past 40 years or so. Thanks for reminding us.

    July 11, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. ronb

    This guy does not have the class necessary to become the president of the United States. So what, willard? You went before the NAACP and showed your foaming-at-the-mouth teatards that you can stick to the script in front of "them". Divide and conquer will not work willard. You will NEVER be president...

    July 11, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Its said, Romney is so out of touch with the real world.

    July 11, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Don’t blame the audience , fire the speech writer

    Listen to Rupert Murdcoh

    July 11, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Khaleeshi

    Just goes to show how out of touch Romney is with the American people. He just doesn't understand and he never will. What a phoney.

    July 11, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. PetalsofaRose

    just when you think Mitt can't get any lower he says he expected boos at the NAACP conference. what an insult. Wow, if such low expectations then why did he even bother to attend. The guy doesn't get it on any level. Talk, talk, talk with no real plans.

    July 11, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. rs

    Mr. Romney just doesn't get it. Sure, be brutally honest- probably a good thing. Tell it like it is, especially to an audience that you think has it's collective hand out. What you don't see is the utter hypocracy, of doing the polar opposite for the rich. They want a tax cut-done! Regulations cut- done! They want to undermine unions-done! Healthcare for workers too expensive-done! BUT-not another rpenny to the poor, no medicaid, no unemployment, non, no. Those leeches must be stopped.
    Mr. Romney would seel out what is left of our great nation to better line the nest's of the super rich, even if it swells the ranks of the poor. He doesn't care about minorities, wormen, the working poor, or whats left of the middle class. Just the rich. People like him with car elevators and expensive horse hobbies.

    July 11, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. wakeupamerica

    what an insult! mitt doesn't get it. such a phony. if he expected boos, and is stupid enough to say that, then why the heck did he agree to speak? mitt could care less about "we the people"

    July 11, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Paul Ernest Show

    He ought to have known that describing people's health and lives as "non essential" would earn him a loud ,notorious boo. Even Republicans should boo such a man with head in "cloud nine". By now, Americans should have had enough from Romney. These are not unintended gaffes. It's now a pattern Americans should be seriously concerned. Those who voted for George Bush because he could drink beer with them have since sobered up. He led America to this economic mess, and now we have another GOP wanting to go back where he" wreck the car". Has not obviously done his homework, invites the greedy rich to help him, and articulates policies that are totally wacky. Runs away from everything from his past- his religion, his tenure as governor, his own speeches, his Bain failures. He's even denying his own bank foreign accounts, and yet the media is still giving him time. How is he going to keep up with the economy if he is not keeping up with his own finances, he claims are in blind trusts? America got to wake up and not shoot itself on the feet again. The stakes are too high to fiddle with a camelion.

    July 11, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. scarf

    Romney wants to eliminate all "non-essential" programs? I suggest he eliminate half of the defense budget, all tobacco subdidies, and all foreign aid to Israel. That should save a few billion in "non-essential" spending.

    July 11, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Reggiedw

    I bet if Obama had been booed at a Teaparty conference , CNN and the liberal mainstream media would be calling them down as being disrepectful to him. But I suppose its black people doing the booing so it is okay so we cannot say anything because we would be considered racists. But I suppose it is not racial today because Romney is white. HYPROCISY AT ITS WORST IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit you say potatoes I say potahtoes my friend. Curious as to your reasoning though. Mine is just me being plain ornery.

    July 11, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Asked if believes he could pull away some of the 96% of African Americans who voted for Obama in 2008, Romney said yes.

    TRUTH.

    "I do actually. I spoke with a number African American leaders after the event, and they said a lot of folks don't want to say they are not going to vote for Barack Obama

    LIES.

    Personally, I would NEVER vote for Willard but sadly, he will pick up a few votes only because people think he has the answers. I hope they know their sons and daughters will pay dearly in blood.

    July 11, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. curious

    I don't believe Rmoney was really speaking directly to the NAACP. They were the audience, but he was clearly speaking to the tea party using the black people as a back drop.

    July 11, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. crazymoose

    There's no indication of what he said he expected, given the quote. My guess is that he was referring to a negative reaction in general, not boos specifically.

    July 11, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. tellin it like it is

    Woman In California
    Personally, I would NEVER vote for Willard but sadly, he will pick up a few votes only because people think he has the answers. I hope they know their sons and daughters will pay dearly in blood.

    they have already paid dearly in blood when obama sent many more over to afghanistan in what he called the just war. why are you voting for him when he has this blood on his hands?

    July 11, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. sandiegobeachbum

    No doubt about it: People who want a government handout and don't want to work are going to vote for Obama, PURE AND SIMPLE. I think half our country would love to have the government pay for everything and move toward a Norway type of socialism. I think Obamacare is a terrible solution for our healthcare problems and will only contribute to more unemployment, especially among small businesses. Obama is a real lightweight when it comes to figuring out what to do to get the economy going. He hasn't run a Dairy Queen and nor has anyone in his cabinet. That is definitely part of the employment fiasco we have now. Reagan hired 10,000 new Government employees during his eight years in office. Obama has hired 130,000 employees in his little over three years. Try and figure it out what his philosophy is an dwhy in teh hell it will NEVER work. You have to have an IQ of 50 to be able to see what Obama is doing is NOT the right course of action for our country..

    July 11, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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