Mitt Romney was booed during a speach at NAACP convention in Houston on Wednesday. The event comes as no surprise as the presumptive Republican candidate for President is expected to pull few black voters in the fall election. Romney drew the crowds ire when he used his speech to launch harsh attacks at President Obama and vowed to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act.
The candidate also received a standing ovation when he left the stage, and earned sprinkles of applause during other points in the 25-minute address to the civil rights group.Talking points on job creation, criticism of China and affirming support for traditional marriage all received light applause from the crowd.
By contrast, Vice President biden who spoke on Thursday and United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who spoke Wednesday, received rousing cheers all throughout their speeches - see video below -
Despite the controversy over the reception of the speech some like political analyst Norman Ornstein, gave Romney credit for delivering the speech recalling that President George W. Bush turned down the NAACP's invitation five times, "There was an appreciation that (Romney) came in the first place," Ornstein said. "It was a very smart move on his part. He's being hailed in many quarters as being courageous but what he made was a political calculation."
NAACP President Benjamin Jealous spoke more on the calculated aspect of the speech critical calling it a "missed opportunity" and speculating said Romney’s provocative comment on “ObamaCare” was a ploy to show conservatives he wouldn’t bend to liberal audiences.
Romney likely earned his warmest round of applause when he brought up his father, George Romney, the Michigan governor known for championing for civil rights. While some saw the applause as a hopeful sign that Romney can build a relationship with the Black community, others see it as sign of just how far right the Republican party has shifted since the days of the elder Romney."When he got thunderous applause for his dad, there was a little bit of irony," Ornstein said. "It was applause for a different era when Republicans were in the forefront of the civil rights movement."