He spoke to the NAACP convention in Houston. He spoke with respect, courage, and candor.
He didn't back away from the tough issues. Though he was booed when he addressed unpopular subjects, his remarks drew an enthusiastic standing ovation at the conclusion.
This is a speech worth watching!
(The video may stick at 33 seconds. It comes back at about 48 seconds, or you can just click the timeline a little past the sticking point. Sorry! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!)
“I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president.” Mitt Romney
“I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the president has set has not done that – and will not do that. My course will.” Mitt Romney
Naturally, most of the coverage about Romney’s speech to the NAACP focused on the boos. It reflected badly on Romney, we are meant to understand. Question: Is there any doubt that if a liberal Democrat addressed a gathering of conservatives (I know, impossible to imagine, but stay with me), and was booed for his trouble, that the press narrative would be how badly this reflected on the audience? Mona Charen
Click here to read the complete transcript:
Governor Romney's Remarks at the NAACP Convention
Click here to read a great analysis of the speech:
A Proud Moment: Romney's NAACP Speech