Mitt Romney’s Speech to the NAACP Convention – Video and Transcript

The transcript below actually varies from the speech given. Romney was loudly booed when he said he would repeal ObamaCare. After he waited for the noise to die down he diverted from his script to explain that ObamaCare was a job killer. Watch the video to see how he handled it.

As might be expected the case Romney laid out before them touched on jobs, families, education and jobs. The environment and audience, including the occasional organ breaking in, made this one of the most unique speeches I’ve seen from Romney. Take a peek:

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you, Bishop Graves, for your generous introduction. Thanks also to President Ben Jealous and Chairman Roslyn Brock for the opportunity to be here this morning, and for your hospitality. It is an honor to address you.

I appreciate the chance to speak first – even before Vice President Biden gets his turn tomorrow. I just hope the Obama campaign won’t think you’re playing favorites.

You all know something of my background, and maybe you’ve wondered how any Republican ever becomes governor of Massachusetts in the first place. Well, in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans. We have to make our case to every voter. We don’t count anybody out, and we sure don’t make a habit of presuming anyone’s support. Support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today.

With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.
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