Mitt Romney addressed members of the NAACP at this year’s convention in Houston. Although he first garnered tepid applause for what many pundits have called “doing the impossible” and going into the lion’s den, things quickly devolved when he began taking specific shots at President Obama’s health care plan.
After telling the crowd his policies would improves the lives of “people of color,” Romney drew thunderous boos when he said he would repeal Obamacare in order to eliminate nonessential programs from the budget.
While many have given Romney credit for speaking at the NAACP convention, something President Obama will not be doing this year, others took him to task for missing out on an opportunity to connect with black voters instead of simply towing the Republican Party line.
What we can take away from today’s shenanigans (other than the fact the NAACP convention also seems to come with its own church organist), is that many black voters are very skeptical of Mitt Romney.
Unlike the old school Republicans who worked alongside civil right’s leaders, current Republicans have allowed themselves to be pulled sharply to the right. Romney has himself moved from the center of the political spectrum and has rebranded himself as “severely conservative.” Although most believe the former governor’s new conservative stance is just a rouse to get votes, it’s one of the reasons voters aren’t so sure about who the real Mitt Romney is.
From not having a large, or even visible, contingent of blacks and Latinos on his campaign team, to coming off stiff and unable to relate to average voters, many are wondering if Americans will trust Romney enough to head to the polls and vote him into office this fall.