Romney Booed in NAACP Speech

Crowd jeers when he talks about repealing ObamaCare
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 12:21 PM CDT
Romney Booed in NAACP Speech
Mitt Romney addresses the NAACP convention in Houston.   (Getty Images)

Mitt Romney spoke to the NAACP national convention today, and most of the headlines are centering on the boos he got when he started talking about ObamaCare and the president himself. He endured three rounds of jeering in all, which amounted to the "most hostile reception of his campaign so far," according to the Washington Post. The candidate himself appeared "visibly unsettled," it adds. Politico, too, uses "hostile" to describe the crowd at points, though it adds that most of Romney's speech was received politely.

The first boos came after this line, notes AP: "I am going to eliminate every non-essential, expensive program that I can find—and that includes ObamaCare." The New York Times says he also got some cackles for this assertion: "If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him." (Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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