Video: Romney booed at NAACP for pledging to repeal ObamaCare

posted at 12:01 pm on July 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give Mitt Romney a lot of credit, first for agreeing to appear at the NAACP convention at all. Barack Obama won’t make an appearance this year; he’s sending Joe Biden instead. Romney had decided to focus on the economy, but part of that focus dealt with eliminating expensive and wasteful government spending — including ObamaCare, which he pledged again to repeal. The result? A cascade of boos:

“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,” Romney said, according to prepared remarks.

The crowd was not amused.

Romney got light applause from the crowd when the promised to “defend traditional marriage,” a position that put him at odds with both President Obama and the NAACP.

We can see a smile break out on Romney’s face, and for good reason.  This gives him all sorts of instant credibility on the Right and in the middle.  The middle will be pleased to see that Romney went to the convention at all, in the face of overt hostility, plus the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature.  The Right has doubted Romney’s commitment to repealing ObamaCare at times, but this shows that Romney is willing to repeat that pledge anywhere, even when it’s guaranteed to turn the audience against him.

So now, the focus should shift to Obama.  Will he defend his flip-flop on gay marriage at Focus on the Family? His changing tax positions at the Chamber of Commerce?  Obamanomics at an Americans for Prosperity convention?

I’d guess … no.

Update: Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

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Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

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libfreeordie on June 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

rogerb on July 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Romney was respectful and specific in his speech to the NAACP. He didn’t say anything worthy of being booed by the very people who invited him to speak. This is the kind of bad behavior that will turn a lot of independents away from Obama and the democrats. I imagine the White House is trying to make this story go away as fast as they can. They know it’s terrible optics for Obama’s campaign.

Rational Thought on July 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I forgot to ask earlier. Was there any hissing?

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

minnesoter on July 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM

But Mr. Romney’s father, George Romney, a former governor of Michigan, was known for his aggressive stance on civil rights.

peachaeo on July 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Mitt did discuss this in detail in his speech, peachaeo. You won’t hear this on the LSM, but it was played partly on Sean Hannity.

Burke on July 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Romney had to address the NAACP.

Suppose he failed to bring up his position on repealing O’Care in that address? Can you imagine the names the left would have called him then?

EconomicNeocon on July 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM