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Mitt Romney’s exchange with audience members at the annual NAACP convention Wednesday (July 11) was nothing short of awkward, but he’s not surprised. Romney spoke with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto after getting booed by the crowd for attacking President Obama’s health care reform law, and revealed that he “expected” the response.

Romney stood his ground in explaining why he chose to criticize the commander in chief amidst a crowd of his supporters. “I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs, and if jobs is the priority, we are going to have to replace it with something that actually holds down healthcare costs, as opposed to something that causes more spending for the government and more spending for American families,” he said.

Rather than look at the glass as half-empty, the Republican candidate saw the brighter side of the situation. “At the end of my speech having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience, while we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, a lot of issues we see eye to eye.”

While Obama walked away with 95 percent of the Black vote during his first run for president in 2008, Romney is confident that he can put a dent on those figures. “I spoke with a number African-American leaders after the event and they said a lot of folks don’t want to say they are not going to vote for Barack Obama but they are disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools, disappointed in urban policy, disappointed in the economy.”

The state of the economy has been a thorn in Obama’s presidency, and could potentially hurt him going into the election this November. According to a series of newly released polls, Obama has only a narrow lead over Romney.


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