Mitt Romney told members at the NAACP Annual Convention in Houston "if you want a President who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him" but was later booed there for his criticism of the President's health care law, known as Obamacare.
Every presidential election cycle, the NAACP invites both the Republican and Democratic nominee for president to address the NAACP membership.
The former Governor said "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. 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."
He later talked about reforming education and promoted charter schools but was also booed by the convention members when he said "If our goal is jobs, we must, must stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we earn. To do this, I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits."
Vice President Biden is scheduled to speak at the NAACP convention on behalf of President Obama Thursday morning. In 2008, both Republican Senator John McCain and then Senator Barack Obama spoke at the NAACP Annual Convention in Ohio.
The 103rd NAACP convention runs from July 7–12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center under the theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE”.