Mitt Romney will address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization on Wednesday. Let’s hope it goes better than the interaction he had with the group of black folks in the video above.
Romney is expected to tell the NAACP audience they’ll want to vote for him when they see what’s ‘in my heart.’
“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 African American families, you would vote for me for president,” Romney will say, according to his campaign. “I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president.”
“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone,” Romney says. “Instead, it’s worse for African Americans in almost every way.”
In 2008, Obama captured 95% of the black vote, compared to to 4% for Sen. John McCain. A recent Gallup tracking poll showed just 5% of blacks supporting Romney, compared with 87% for the president. Romney’s campaign acknowledges that attracting more black voters is a long shot.
“Mitt Romney is committed to competing in the black community despite the odds,” Romney adviser Tara Wall wrote in a statement e-mailed to CNN. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but Governor Romney has a solid record of bipartisanship and a message for how to address issues impacting every community and all Americans.”
Wall continued: “If elected by a majority this November, President Romney will be a leader to all. Speaking to members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization and establishing a dialogue with black voters, communicating his record of achievement and solutions for fixing a broken system of unfulfilled promises is paramount. Unlike President Obama, he will not take any vote for granted.”
“You’ve got to get credit for showing up - for being willing to go - no question,” Karen Finney, a Democratic consultant who worked in the Clinton White House, told the HuffPost. “It’s more about your actions than it is about what you say.”
“He’ll be standing in that room asking people for their votes at the same time that Republican legislators are trying to disenfranchise minority communities,” Finney went on to say.