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Romney tells NAACP Obama made it worse for them ‘in almost every way’

By Doug Powers  •  July 11, 2012 02:18 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama won’t be speaking at the NAACP’s annual convention this election year, but tomorrow Joe Biden will address the group. It will be Plugs’ job to remind everyone that not only were the walls too thin when he was a kid, but to convince the audience that the candidate who spoke to them this morning has been the one in charge of the economy for the past few years.

From The Hill:

Mitt Romney told the NAACP on Wednesday that President Obama has made it worse for African-Americans “in almost every way.”

“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone,” Romney told the nation’s leading civil rights group at their national convention in Houston, Texas. “Instead, it’s worse for African-Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income and median family wealth are all worse for the black community.”

While Obama carried the black vote in a landslide in 2008 and leads Romney 92 to 2 percent among black voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, Romney hopes his economic pitch will resonate with a group that has been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn. He’s made a similar appeal to other voting blocs, such as Hispanics and women.

Romney on Wednesday delivered an aggressive speech to a potentially-hostile audience. He acknowledged the historic nature of Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he became the country’s first black president, but also made the case for his own candidacy.

It was nice to see Romney not give into the temptation to leave out things he knew would be surefire boo-bird magnets and subsequent MSM takeaways, such as this pledge to repeal Obamacare:

Full address below (text here). Yes, there was some applause (specifically during Romney’s promise to support traditional family and marriage), and a standing ovation at the end, but those parts will undoubtedly end up on the cutting room floor before tonight’s network newscasts get rolling:

(video h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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