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Mitt Romney booed by NAACP...but was it his intent to draw the boos?

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    I watched excerpts of Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP, and much of the media is speculating that Romney's stated criticism of "Obamacare" was intentional to draw boos...a ruse to shore up his support from the right wing Republican base.  That's what he told Fox News Neil Cavuto, that "we expected that of course..."

    At a fund raiser in Hamilton, Montana, he also had this to say about the booing (from Mediaite:  If They Want More Free Stuff From The Government Vote Obama.)

    “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 okay, 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. It has to paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, and if people want jobs more than they want free stuff from government, then they are going to have to get government to be smaller. And if they don’t want to repeal Obamacare they are going to have to give me some other stuff they are thinking about cutting, but my list takes Obamacare off first and I have a lot of other things I am thinking of cutting.”

    I was going to condense it, but decided to include the entire quote rather than take anything out of context.

    The Republican Party base...the Tea party radicals, are still suspicious of Mitt Romney.  Romney knew what reaction his remarks about "Obamacare" would get from the NAACP audience.  The booing will certainly help establish his support amongst that base.

    I won't say any more...

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    Schmidt,

    Are you saying that you would NOT have "expected that of course"? (boos)

    Would anyone NOT have "expected that of course"?

    If YOU would not have "expected that of course", then what would YOU have expected?

    Sounds like he just answered the question truthfully.
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    Of course he knew what would happen. But why would he go? Maybe to establish an "us & them" feeling amongst his loyalists. 
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    fenway Wrote: Schmidt,

    Are you saying that you would NOT have "expected that of course"? (boos)

    Would anyone NOT have "expected that of course"?

    If YOU would not have "expected that of course", then what would YOU have expected?

    Sounds like he just answered the question truthfully.


    Fenway -- as usual I don't know what point you are making. In case you didn't get it, I will clarify...

    First, I was quoting Romney: Mitt Romney Reacts To NAACP Booing: ‘We Expected That, Of Course’

    And here are the actual words from Romney's speech that generated the boos:

    I will reduce government spending. Our high level of debt slows GDP growth and that means fewer jobs. If our goal is jobs, we must, must stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we earn. To do this, 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.

    The bolding is mine.

    To the African American community, the Affordable Care Act is essential for their well being. From the Giro (NBC News) opinion...

    It has been two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and already, the new law is improving the lives of African-Americans.

    Since March 2009, more than 2.4 million African-American seniors with Medicare have received free preventive services such as diabetes screenings. About 410,000 more African- American young adults who would otherwise be uninsured gained coverage due to the law. In addition, 5.5 million African-Americans with private health insurance now have coverage for preventive services without paying an extra penny at their doctor’s office.

    And 10.4 million African-Americans with private insurance coverage no longer face lifetime limits thanks to the new health care law — in other words, your insurance company can no longer drop your coverage at a time when you need it most.


    These facts are well known within the African-American community. The Affordable Care Act is making a difference to them and to many other Americans.  Mitt Romney should be well aware of that.  For him to stand up in front of that crowd and bad mouth "Obamacare" is nothing more than a sinister attempt to play to the radical base of his party.

    If he really wanted to connect with that audience he would have chosen different words.  The NAACP audience served his purposes exactly as intended.
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    Yeah, I know those were Romneys words.

    THE POINT>>>  Many on the left were going to criticize Romney, no matter what.  As usual.  Again.  Still.  Every time.

    If he did not speak at the NAACP, he'd be criticized.

    If he did speak at the NAACP, he gets criticized for his words.

    If he uses different words, a different message, he'd be criticized.

    He KNEW that he'd be booed by this crowd, and he answered the question honestly.

    Then come the conspiracy theorists (they never give up) who say that he MEANT to get booed so he could energize his supporters? 

    No matter what he did, or did not do, no matter what he said, or did not say, he was going to be criticized by the lefties.

    Just like everything by Obama does and says will be criticized by the righties.

    I give Romney credit for showing up even though, yes, he "expected" to be booed, and, yes, he answered the question truthfully.
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    And yes fenway, you're a Mitt Romney apologist...

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    Nah, I just give a dissenting point once in a while.

    I'm not a fan of Romney OR Obama.

    I just recognize that whichever one is elected we will be stuck with four more years of lousy leadership.

    We already KNOW that Obama is a bad president. 

    Romney MAY be just as bad, but we do not KNOW that he would be as bad as BHO.

    And yes Schmidt, I notice you did not disagree with any of my previous post.

    Hard to argue with the truth...