July 11th, 2012
08:45 PM ET

Romney courts Obama's base, but draws boos from NAACP

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney received boos Wednesday when he told the NAACP he wanted to repeal Obamacare.

Did he know he wouldn't receive a warm reception from a major voting block within Pres. Barack Obama's base? Can Romney make some inroads with minority voters - a population that many would consider an anchor to Obama's political base.

Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill and CNN contributors Ruben Navarrette and David Frum come OutFront.

Romney draws boos from NAACP, support from conservatives

Mitt Romney touted his economic and educational proposals, tailored his message to the predominantly black audience, and beat back an uncomfortable chorus of "boos" in an address Wednesday to the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

During his speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Republican presidential candidate stressed the need to reduce government spending: "If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year. And so, to do that, I'm going to eliminate every non-essential, expensive program I can find. That includes 'Obamacare.'"

That prompted loud boos from the audience that lasted a full 15 seconds.


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