On her show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that Mitt Romney had responded to being booed by the NAACP by telling them to vote for President Barack Obama if they wanted handouts.
"Remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy—more free stuff," Romney reportedly said at a fundraiser in Hamilton, Montana. "But don't forget, nothing is really free."
Attendees at the 103rd convention of the NAACP loudly booed the presumptive Republican presidential candidate on Wednesday after he promised to eliminate Obama’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 told the audience. "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.
"It seemed like Mitt Romney wanted to get booed at the NAACP this morning, wanted to wear that around his neck like a badge of courage," Maddow remarked. "Looks like he is not wasting any time."
During the Republican primary race, the NAACP had criticized former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for making a similar remark about handouts. Gingrich in January said he would "go to the NAACP convention, and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps."
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