Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday suggested that that the 103rd convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had booed GOP hopeful Mitt Romney just because he was a white man.
Limbaugh blasted President Barack Obama for skipping this year’s convention and instead sending Vice President Joe Biden to “tell some sex jokes.”
“He’s confident they’ll boo Romney simply because Romney’s white,” the conservative icon opined.
“So Romney takes advantage of the occasion. He goes there and makes a speech that is really, I think, is over these people’s heads, in the sense that his audience was much larger than just inside the conventional hall.”
In fact, the NAACP audience responded to Romney with polite applause until he promised to repeal the president’s health care reform law.
“If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year,” Romney said. “And so to do that, I’m going to eliminate every nonessential, expensive program I can find. And that includes Obamacare.”
At that point, the candidate was forced to pause his remarks and smile as the crowd booed for an uncomfortable three seconds.
“I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of American — African American families, you would vote for me for president,” the former Massachusetts governor told the audience.
As Limbaugh acknowledged, Romney also received a standing ovation at the end of his remarks.
Listen to this audio from The Rush Limbaugh Show, broadcast July 11, 2012.
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