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by Yvette Carnell
If you thought Mitt Romney went to the NAACP convention to reach out to black voters, then you may want to think again. Before Romney went to the NAACP convention, his campaign staff told reporters that the candidate was going to use the opportunity to reach out to black voters.
Romney’s senior adviser Tara Wall said:
Mitt Romney is committed to competing in the black community despite the odds…………If elected by a majority this November, President Romney will be a leader to all. Speaking to members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization and establishing a dialogue with black voters, communicating his record of achievement and solutions for fixing a broken system of unfulfilled promises is paramount.
But that theory seems to have gone with the wind now that revelations about Romney’s true agenda have been revealed. Romney told a group that the audience at the NAACP didn’t boo him for policy reasons, but because they all wanted “free stuff”:
By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.
So it has now become apparent to many reporters that Romney used his appearance at the NAACP to shore up his position with the right wing, not to engage black voters. Romney’s appearance at the NAACP was just another dog whistle to conservatives to demonstrate that he, like Gingrich and Santorum, believes that blacks are a bunch of welfare kings and queens itching for a handout. The more things change..