“I know the president has said he will do those things. But he has not. He cannot. He will not,” Romney said as the crowd’s murmurs turned to groans. “I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs.”
Four months before the election, Romney’s appearance at the NAACP convention was a direct, aggressive appeal for support from across the political spectrum in what polls show is a close contest. Romney doesn’t expect to win a majority of black voters. Ninety five percent backed Obama in 2008, but he’s trying to show independent and swing voters that he’s willing to reach out to diverse audiences, while demonstrating that his campaign and the Republican Party he leads are inclusive. Romney’s criticism of Obama didn’t set well with some in the audience.
“Dumb,” said Bill Lucy, a member of the NAACP board.
William Braxton, a 59-year-old retiree from Maryland, added, “I thought he had a lot of nerve. That really took me by surprise, his attacking Obama that way.”