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Romney tells NAACP he hopes 'to represent every race'

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It was a warm welcome by an unlikely speaker with an unlikely crowd during a Presidential election year.

Governor Mitt Romney's appearance at the NAACP national convention was under intense scrutiny.  This comes as the latest poll shows the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will only receive 5 percent of the African-American vote.

"Some may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community and to address the NAACP," Romney said.  "One reason of course is I hope to represent all Americans of every race, creed, and sexual orientation."

Despite the odds, Romney was there.  He tailored his speech to the concerns of the audience, African Americans who face the highest unemployment rate in the country along with the educational disparities of Black students at inner-city schools.

"Our society sends them into mediocre schools and then expects them to perform with excellence and that's simply not fair," Romney said.

Romney received applause and cheers throughout his 30-minute long speech, but then he used the term that turned the crowd on him, a crowd where 3.8 million African Americans would gain insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm gonna eliminate every nonessential expensive program I can find.  That includes Obamacare … I'm gonna work to reform and save … (boooooo)."

Bishop James Dixon is a community leader and represents the NAACP.  Dixon said his organization was glad Romney came, but his message about helping the poor and African Americans wasn't believable.

"That's based on the fact you're putting forth a position that you've never been able to talk about before now, and there's no substance to deal with the methodology behind the message," he said.

Despite the boos, those attending the NAACP Convention weren't so hard on Romney.  They know he came while President Barack Obama decided to pass up the event this year.

"I thought he had some good points and I think considering the crowd he was coming into he did a fairly decent job," said Cynthia Moore who attended the convention.

Vice President Joe Bidden will be the keynote speaker Thursday for the last day of the national convention.  He's filling in for President Obama.

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