Romney To NAACP: If You Knew My Heart, I Would Get Your Vote
Excerpts from the address that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to give this morning at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's annual convention in Houston were just released by his campaign. Some highlights (we added bold to serve as reference points):
-- "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."
-- He got elected governor of Democrat-dominated Massachusetts by making his case "to every voter. We don't count anybody out, and we sure don't make a habit of presuming anyone's support. Support is asked for and earned — and that's why I'm here today."
-- "I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the president has set has not done that — and will not do that. My course will."
-- "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it's worse for African Americans in almost every way. ... Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover — and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer."
-- "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept."
-- "I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted."
-- "Should I be elected president, I'll lead as I did when governor. I will look for support wherever there is good will and shared conviction. I will work with you to help our children attend better schools and help our economy create good jobs with better wages."
Romney is scheduled to start speaking around 10:30 a.m. ET. We'll watch for more news from his address. Later, our colleagues at It's All Politics plan to weigh in.
Vice President Biden is due to address the NAACP on Thursday.
Update at 10:50 a.m. ET. Romney Says The Rich Will Be OK, With Or Without Him; He Wants To Help Others:
It's "nonsense" to say his policies would only help the rich or that he's only interested in helping the wealthy, Romney says as he begins his remarks. And they don't need him: "The rich will do just fine," he adds, "whether I'm elected or not."