Romney booed during speech to black voters

Civil rights leaders were skeptical and some booed when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told them he would do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama

Written by Associated Press | Houston | Published: July 13, 2012 12:38 am

Civil rights leaders were skeptical and some booed when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told them he would do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama,the first black US president.

Romney’s speech before the country’s oldest civil rights group was designed to show independent and swing voters that he is willing to reach out to diverse audiences.

Romney would be hard pressed to win a majority of black voters in November when 95 per cent backed Obama in 2008.

“If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community,you are looking at him,” Romney told the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Pausing as some in the crowd heckled,he added: “You take a look!”

“For real?” yelled someone in the crowd.

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