Mitt Romney: “I Have Secret Black Supporters” Who Are Afraid to Go Public

MITT ROMNEY HAS SECRET BLACK SUPPORTERS:  Mitt Romney told Fox News (surprise, surprise) that black leaders support him, but are afraid to say so publicly. Ahem, which black leaders? Pray tell. After his speech at the NAACP convention, where he was booed after saying he would repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), he told Neil Cavuto that he connected with black leaders in private and was assured that the loud booing he received for promising to repeal the ACA didn’t represent the feelings of all black voters, even if they can’t say so in public. What? Is he talking about Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), Ron Christie, J.C. Watts and new Teabag supporter Artur Davis?

“I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know, a lot of folks do not want to say they will not vote for President Obama but they are disappointed in his lack of policies to improve the schools,” Romney told Fox, according to a rush transcript.

“The president has not been able to get the job done and people want to see someone would can get the economy going so I expect to get the African American votes, and at the end of my speech having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable and I believe we disagree on some issues like ‘Obamacare’ on a lot of issues people see eye to eye, they want someone getting the economy going.” Source

Um, these black leaders lied to him because recent polls show he has made absolutely no inroads in the black community, much less to get their votes. Mitt Romney has secret black supporters. Are these imaginary friends like those who set up his offshore bank accounts in the blind trust? As I said in an earlier post, his campaign staffer who spoke with Roland Martin this morning was a hint at the fiasco his NAACP speech was going to be. The speech started off decent, but he kicked the hornet’s nest when he talked about repealing “Obamacare.”

Even though he told Neil Cavuto he has secret black supporters, he also said he expected the negative response from convention. Er, then why did he bother to go? Like everything else he tackles, he gives a lot of lip service. You know, “I don’t know” or “it wasn’t me” and “no, it’s not may fault.” The American Prospect brings a whole other twist to Romney’s train wreck a the NAACP convention by saying his speech was successful. SMH is all I can do.

5 Democrats Voting Against Obamacare are Mike Ross, Dan Boren, Mike McIntyre, Larry Kissell, Jim Matheson

The five Democrats who voted with House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a largely symbolic vote are: Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark.; Dan Boren, D-Okla.; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; Larry Kissell, D-N.C.; and Jim Matheson, D-Utah.

They should be ashamed of themselves not to stand together as a party but with the Republicans, who have largely made it their mission for Barack Obama to be a one term president. It is clear that these five Judas Iscariots may be in tight races in their own districts. One thing I can say about the Republicans is that they know how to stand united. The Democrats are like a barrel full of crabs.

 

Brazilian Soccer Star Ronaldinho Loses $750K Coca Cola Deal for Drinking Pepsi

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Brazilian Soccer Star Ronaldinho Loses $750K Coca Cola Deal for Drinking Pepsi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DUMBASS: Coca Cola terminated its sponsorship contract with Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho after he showed up at a press conference drinking a can of Pepsi. According to a report in the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, the press conference was held to promote his new team, Atletico Mineiro, of which Pepsi is a sponsor.

Coca Cola wasn’t buying that since it had a $750,000 sponsorship deal with Ronaldinho, scheduled to run through 2014. Wow, dude, commonsense should prevail. Coca Cola marketing chief Marcelo Pontes said, “The fact that the player has appeared with a can of Pepsi was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  The sponsorship had become embarrassing.”

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NAACP Says Mitt Romney’s Agenda At Odds with What It Stands For, Including Affordable Health Care

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NAACP Says Mitt Romney’s Agenda At Odds with What It Stands For, Including Affordable Health Care (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, issued a statement following Mitt Romney’s speech at their annual convention this morning, saying: “This morning Governor Romney laid out his policy agenda for this nation. Unfortunately, much of his agenda is at odds with what the NAACP stands for – whether the issue is equal access to affordable health care, reforming our education system or the path forward on marriage equality. We appreciate that he was courageous and took the opportunity to speak with us directly.” Damn, he just wasted his time going there to speak, didn’t he.

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House Votes 244-185 With Five Democrats Voting in Favor of Repealing Obamacare

YAWN:  The House voted for the second time to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) 244-185 with five Democrats voting in favor. Um, this will go nowhere. Another waste of taxpayers’ money by politicians hellbent on doing their own thing. Those five Democrats who crossed party lines are further proof of why the Democrats just can’t get anything done. They never stand together. Think Progress is reporting they spent 89 hours attempting to take away coverage for 30 million Americans, mainly poor and middle class.

Gladys Knight Joins Doug E. Fresh, Micheal Bevins as Judge on New Singing Show

R&B legend Gladys Knight will be a television judge on a new singing series. BET’s sister network, Centric, announced Wednesday that Knight will work as the “lead judge” on “Apollo Live,”  a singing competition at New York’s famed Apollo Theater. The show puts a new spin on “Amateur Night at the Apollo.”

Gladys Knight joins previously announced judges Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe. Jamie Foxx is the executive producer of the show and comedian-actor Tony Rock will be the host. While I am immensely happy for Gladys Knight, I am saddened that none of our leading black entertainers have made it to mainstream TV as a judge of a music show. By that I mean, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Anita Baker and Stephanie Mills.

The show will air in the fall and winners take home a cash prize.

Reuters/Ipsos Poll Shows Obama Expands Lead Over Romney Nationally 49% to 43%

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows President Obama expands lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to six percentage points, at 49% to 43%, as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy. The polls found that the number of Americans who thought the country was on the wrong track dropped five percentage points to 58%. President Obama’s approval rating inched up one point to 48%, while the number of Americans who disapprove of his job performance fell three percentage points to 47%.

I don’t put much stock in these early polls but the Obama campaign must be pleased that he seems to be weathering the “storm” on the economy, despite the weak June jobs report. Campaign donations continue to lag behind the Romney campaign.

The Obama campaign has dinged Mitt Romney particularly on the issue of his offshore bank accounts and his failure to release tax returns for more than one year. They have made significant headway in raising the “trust issue” about Romney because it seems as though he has something to hide, plus they have hammered away at his years at Bain Capital.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll, which comprised of 1,154 adults, including 885 registered voters, was taken between Thursday and Monday, the same week the Bureau of Labor Statistics report was released showing the unemployment rate holding at 8.2% with the unemployment rate in the black community inching up to 14.4%.

Mitt Romney Booed at NAACP Convention for Saying He Will Repeal Obamacare

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Mitt Romney Booed at NAACP Convention for Saying He Will Repeal Obamacare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Highlights from Mitt Romney speech at 103rd NAACP Convention in Houston: Mitt Romney was booed twice during his speech at the NAACP convention where he implored black voters to pick him over Obama. Romney was roundly booed when he said he was going to repeal Obamacare, the so-called derogatory term for the Affordable Care Act. He seemed to be visibly stunned when the boos started and went off script saying, “You know, there was a survey of the Chamber of Commerce, they carried out a survey of their members, about 1500 were surveyed.  And they asked them what effect that Obamacare would have on their plans and three-quarters of them said it would make them less likely to hire people.”

He was booed a second time when he promised to ‘open up energy, expand trade, cut the growth of government, focus on better educating tomorrow’s workers today and restore economic freedom’ and added that Obama would not do this. ‘And I know the President will say he’s going to do those things, but he has not, he will not, he cannot, and his last four years in the White House prove it definitively.’ Um, many blacks in the audience were very skeptical of Mitt Romney and his speech did nothing to change that. In fact, some were insulted and felt slighted. I don’t think I would ever say it, but George W. Bush was more liked by the black community than Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney Speech Summary:  GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was introduced by Bishop Graves ahead of his speech to the 103rd NAACP convention. He said you have to make your case to every single voter, as was evidenced from his gubernatorial run in Massachusetts. He said as a presidential candidate he hopes to appeal to every person of every race, sexual orientation and creed and that he is not running to help the rich because they will do just fine no matter who is in power. Romney said he is running for president because his policies and vision will help millions in the middle class and that his campaign is about helping the people who need help. He said Obama made things worse for the black community.

Black students are 42% of students in mediocre schools. He quoted Frederick Douglass saying it’s easier to produce broken men than strong children. He said there are too many disadvantaged young people in this country, with their lives making a tragic turn. He said many live in violent neighborhoods. It seems that black Americans have waited long enough for change. It’s time to create a new plan and believes he can chart that new course. Romney said as president he will stand up for the family and defend traditional marriage.

He plans to reduce government spending. If the goal is jobs we have to stop spending, he said. He said he will focus and nurture the developing worker, which is the human capital the country needs. He will restore economic freedom. The nation’s economy runs on entrepreneurs, dreamers and visionaries, who are crushed by excessive regulations. He wants to make America the best place for innovators. He said if we focus on these five things, America will improve and wages will improve tomorrow.

He slammed Obama indirectly for not attending the NAACP convention, instead sending VP Joe Biden by saying, if he is invited to next year’s convention after being elected president, it will be his privilege to attend.

Here’s an excerpt from his speech:

You all know something of my background, and maybe you’ve wondered how any Republican ever becomes governor of Massachusetts in the first place. Well, in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans. We have to make our 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 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. …

… 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.

When President Obama called to congratulate me on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, he said that he, quote, “looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future.” To date, I’m afraid that his campaign has taken a different course than that.

If someone had told us in the 1950s or 60s that a black citizen would serve as the forty-fourth president, we would have been proud and many would have been surprised. Picturing that day, we might have assumed that the American presidency would be the very last door of opportunity to be opened. Before that came to pass, every other barrier on the path to equal opportunity would surely have to come down.

Of course, it hasn’t happened quite that way. Many barriers remain. Old inequities persist. In some ways, the challenges are even more complicated than before. And across America – and even within your own ranks – there are serious, honest debates about the way forward.

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. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income, and median family wealth are all worse for the black community. In June, while the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans actually went up, from 13.6 percent to 14.4 percent.

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. Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide – but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.

When it comes to education reform, candidates cannot have it both ways – talking up education reform, while indulging the same groups that are blocking reform. You can be the voice of disadvantaged public-school students, or you can be the protector of special interests like the teachers unions, but you can’t be both. I have made my choice: As president, I will be a champion of real education reform in America, and I won’t let any special interest get in the way.

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. And I will make that a true choice by ensuring there are good options available to all.

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. Source:  CNN

We will post the video once it’s available. I seriously doubt Mitt Romney has taken any voters from President Obama. It’s a shame that President Obama didn’t think it was important enough to give a speech at the convention, but would rather send Joe Biden. In my opinion that speaks volumes.

Mitt Romney Booed at NAACP Convention Over Obamacare Repeal:

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GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney Has a Long and Troubled History With the NAACP

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GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney Has a Long and Troubled History With the NAACP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t expect Mitt Romney to come bearing gifts to the black community when he speaks to the NAACP at their 103rd convention on Wednesday. You see, he has had a long and troubled history with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAAC), though I will give him credit for giving a speech to the mostly pro-Obama crowd. Mother Jones has an interesting article about Romney’s troubled history with the NAACP during his tenure as Massachusetts governor. Of course, like his offshore accounts and failure to release more than one full tax return, Mitt Romney will feign ignorance about the problems he has had with the NAACP — “um, it wasn’t me.”

Mother Jones:  Former head of the Boston NAACP, Leonard Alkins as saying  “There was no relationship between the NAACP in Boston and Governor Mitt Romney and his administration. The only time that the NAACP had any interaction with the administration and the governor was to protest when he eliminated the affirmative action office.”

In one of his early acts as governor, Romney dumped the state’s office of affirmative action and replaced it with the office of diversity and equal opportunity. In doing so, he invalidated half a dozen executive orders establishing affirmative action policies for women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities; diversity training programs; and equal opportunity standards for state contractors. Romney’s executive orderreplaced all of this with what was essentially a broad—and, Alkins says, “toothless”—commitment to “diversity.”

Romney didn’t inform civil rights groups about his plans before scrapping the affirmative action office, and the reaction from activists was harsh. The Massachusetts Black Caucus accused Romney of attempting to “virtually dismantle affirmative action in Massachusetts state government.”

It will be interesting to see if Mitt Romney can get some of the black vote, considering the unemployment rate in the black community inched up to 14.4% in June. Don’t hold your breath though, he still seems ill-at-ease around us. I can’t wait to hear his speech because his campaign employee’s train-wreck interview with Roland Martin this morning could be a hint of the possible fiasco his speech will be.

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