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Mitt Romney addresses the NAACP on economy and school choice


The NAACP invited both President Obama and Mitt Romney to address its annual convention in Houston this week. Obama took a pass, choosing to send Uncle Joe Biden to wow the crowd on Thursday. (Snicker.)

But this morning, Romney will address the convention about the economy and school choice during the plenary session on civic engagement.

Romney will tell NAACP: if he didn't blv his policies would help "families of color" more than Obama's, "I would not be running for pres."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 11, 2012

Romney willl tell NAACP Natl Convention in Houston that "support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 11, 2012

Race-baiters have been freaking out since the speech was first announced last month, and the Left is busily reshuffling it’s deck of race cards in advance of the speech. So something like this isn’t at all far-fetched:

Prediction: If Romney says the NAACP's full name, the press will attack him for using the phrase "Colored People."

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 11, 2012

A live feed of the speech is available here:

5 MINUTES –> Watch Live as Romney addresses the NAACP http://t.co/EJCiDs9v

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) July 11, 2012

NAACP playing "Bless the Lord" before Romney comes up to speak

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) July 11, 2012

Twitchy will monitor the speech and update as needed.

Reverend who just gave invocation at @NAACP prayed for the country and mentioned @BarackObama but not @MittRomney. #awkward #HouNAACP

— Mary Benton (@IAmMaryBenton) July 11, 2012

Let it be noted @BarackObama had a scheduling conflict so he once again ignores Black vote by not speaking to NAACP. @MittRomney speaks

— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) July 11, 2012

Convention hall about 2/3rds full for Romney. One delegate tells me that it's brave for Romney to come here adding he SHOULD come here.

— Don Gonyea NPR (@DonGonyea) July 11, 2012

Stand O when Romney is introduced. "America the Beautiful" on the organ. "I do love that music" he declares.

— Michael Markman (@Mickeleh) July 11, 2012

.@MittRomney: It's an honor to speak, and one I hadn't expected. #NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

Romney to NAACP crowd: The rich will do just fine whether I'm president or not.

— Adam Henry (@viewofadam) July 11, 2012

"I hope to represent all Americans." –@MittRomney #NAACPHOU12

— NAACPConnect (@NAACPConnect) July 11, 2012

Romney receiving applause from NAACP crowd!

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 11, 2012

Romney: You don't get elected a Rep. Governor in a state with 1% Republicans by just talking to Republicans. #NAACP

— Scoldilocks (@somethingfishie) July 11, 2012

Romney: I believe if you understood who I truly am in my heart… you would vote for me for president.

— Scoldilocks (@somethingfishie) July 11, 2012

.@MittRomney: My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President will set won't do that..mine will. #naacphou12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

Romney: "I hope to represent every American, of every race creed and sexual orientation." #NAACP

— gwen ifill (@gwenifill) July 11, 2012

Romney: "We might have assumed that the American presidency would be the very last door of opportunity to be opened…Many barriers remain."

— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) July 11, 2012

Romney striking right notes on school choice, opportunity at @NAACP. Should mention D.C. choice blocked by Dems, Obama.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 11, 2012

@MittRomney getting some applause at #naacp. pic.twitter.com/qecEGQ3X

— Tom Abrahams (@tomabrahams) July 11, 2012

Romney: Median family wealth, unemployment rate, etc all worse for African Americans.#NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

Romney quotes F. Douglass: "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" #NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

.@MittRomney: "When decades of same promises keep resulting in same failures, it's reasonable to rethink a new approach." #NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

Romney got big applause for vowing to defend traditional marriage.

#Romney promising to support strong families and traditional marriage. Seems he got good advice from somebody before this speech. #NAACP

— Hakeem J. Jefferson (@hakeemjefferson) July 11, 2012

But the audience turned on him when he mentioned Obamacare.

Romney just got booed by NAACP for saying he will repeal #ObamaCare

— Brent Teichman (@BrentTeichman) July 11, 2012

Sustained booing of Romney when he tells NAACP he would get rid of Obamacare

— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) July 11, 2012

How’d he handle the booing?

NAACP crowd breaks out in massive, collective BOOs when Romney mentions replacing Obamacare. Romney unprepared for it.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 11, 2012

OK, lots of you think Romney did fine in face of boos.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 11, 2012

Naturally the media delighted in reporting the booing.

@MittRomney booed by NAACP pic.twitter.com/E418f8FE

— Marti Adams (@Marti_Adams) July 11, 2012

Perhaps there’s a reason Romney was invited to speak before Joe Biden?

There's a reason why #naacp let's #Romney speak first, to let Biden attack him point by point.

— Nic Lott (@niclott) July 11, 2012

More from Romney:

"I'll restore economic freedom" –@MittRomney #NAACPHOU12

— NAACPConnect (@NAACPConnect) July 11, 2012

Romney: "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him."

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 11, 2012

Romney hitting charter schools hard now.

— clydehughes (@clydehughes) July 11, 2012

Romney is now touting how charter schools are vital to improving education

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 11, 2012

Romney: In Boston, Harlem, LA, etc… charter schools are giving children a chance. They're bringing hope in places where there's been none.

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

Choice through charter schools…is a great benefit to inner-city children.–Romney to NAACP.

— Ken McIntyre (@KenMac55) July 11, 2012


"When it comes to education reform, candidates can't have it both ways…You can be the voice of public schools or protected interests"

— NAACPConnect (@NAACPConnect) July 11, 2012

"Federal education funds will be linked to a student so parents can send their children to any public/charter school they want." @MittRomney

— NAACPConnect (@NAACPConnect) July 11, 2012

His remarks on school choice received tepid applause.

Romney is talking education issues before NAACP convention. He's saying the right things, but getting only polite applause.

— Tim Hagle (@ProfHagle) July 11, 2012

Polite is kinda pushing it.

Romney was gracious to his hosts.

Romney: "I promise your hospitality to me will be returned." And then…an organ played. #naacp

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 11, 2012

Romney also spoke of his father, George Romney.

Romney thanks father for instilling faith in God. "His justice is certain, and his mercy endureth forever." #NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

#Romney salutes his father Governor George Romney and his legacy in civil rights. #naacp

— Nic Lott (@niclott) July 11, 2012

Romney thanks father for instilling faith in God. "His justice is certain, and his mercy endureth forever." #NAACPHOU12

— NAACP (@NAACP) July 11, 2012

His remarks were welcomed with all the class you’d expect.

Mitt now goes personal in talking about his dad's civil rights work. "That's not you!" someone shouted

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 11, 2012

His closing:

Romney wins NAACP applause for comments on education reform and speech wrap up: "We will know one another."

— PETER MAER (@petermaercbs) July 11, 2012

So how’d he do?

Got to give it to @MittRomney for speaking at NAACP Convention today. Showed Courage. Just my thoughts.

— Mayor Chris V. Rey (@ChrisRey4NC) July 11, 2012

A+ Good Job by #Romney and #NAACP, they were both honest, booed when needed, he spoke honestly & direct as he needed to. Classy job by both!


Thought @MittRomney did a solid job with his speech to the NAACP. And I commend him for doing the outreach. So important. Long overdue.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) July 11, 2012

Say what you want about #Romney, but one thing is certain: he had a quality staffer help draft this speech. Good job, Mr. Romney. #NAACP

— Hakeem J. Jefferson (@hakeemjefferson) July 11, 2012

Wait, we’d better ask Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.

Rep Emanuel Cleaver gives Romney an A for speaking at the NAACP, and a C for the substance of the speech.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) July 11, 2012

Cleaver just said Romney should not have criticized Obama in front of black audience.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) July 11, 2012

Cleaver gives Romney an "F-" for vowing to repeal Obamacare at NAACP, but says he doesn't approve of the booing.

— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) July 11, 2012

How dare Romney be honest about his policy plans? The nerve!

More on Cleaver’s remarks here.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/11/let-the-liberal-race-baiting-begin-mitt-romney-addresses-the-naacp-on-economy-and-school-choice/

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