(WASHINGTON POST) — Wading into President Obama’s most supportive constituency Wednesday, Mitt Romney told members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization that he would be a better president than Obama for black families.
But in his speech here before the NAACP, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee received the most hostile reception of his campaign so far and appeared visibly unsettled by three rounds of loud boos from audience members.
“If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him,” Romney said. When the crowd booed and hissed at him, Romney said, “You take a look.”
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Romney made a direct appeal for support from black voters, who polls show overwhelmingly support reelection of the nation’s first black president. Romney said his policies were the right solutions to help black families succeed in a sputtering economy, with rising federal debt and poor schools.