Attendees at the 103rd convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) loudly booed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday after he promised to eliminate President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
“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,” Romney told the NAACP audience.
“The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich,” he explained. “Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I’m elected or not.”
Romney said he had a plan to create jobs and increase wages in the U.S. by approving the Keystone XL pipeline, accelerating coal production and cracking down on China to “make sure they don’t steal our jobs.”
“Third, I’m going to reduce government spending,” he continued. “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 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 say again, if our priority is jobs — and that’s my priority — that’s something I’d change,” Romney insisted. “And I’d replace with something which provides to people something they need in health care, which is lower costs, good quality, a capacity to deal with people who have preexisting conditions, and I’ll put that in place.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast July 11, 2012.