Mitt Romney had an uphill climb in winning over the NAACP in an address their annual convention Wednesday. That was put on prominent display when Romney endured a loud, sustained round of booing after repeating his promise to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law.
“I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits,” Romney said, according to prepared remarks.
The crowd was not amused. Romney was booed again later in the speech when he told the crowd he knows what the black community needs.
“If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him,” Romney said. The line was followed by a smattering of applause and some more boos.
“Take a look!” Romney said.
Romney got light applause from the crowd when the promised to “defend traditional marriage,” a position that put him at odds with both President Obama and the NAACP.