Pelosi: Romney Wanted the Boos

Limbaugh says NAACP doesn't understand ObamaCare, issues

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2012 2:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney got booed during his speech to the NAACP yesterday, but many observers on the left are saying that's just what he wanted, reports Politico. "I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention," said Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi would not elaborate, but Lawrence O'Donnell did, wondering if the speech was "an appeal to racism and racist voting," notes Mediaite.

Rush Limbaugh, unsurprisingly, said the audience booed Romney simply because he's white. "Romney goes in there today, and he sounded like Snow White with Testicles," said Limbaugh, claiming people in the NAACP don't understand ObamaCare. But Rep. Emanuel Cleaver had a more measured interpretation of the booing, saying Romney just sold his message poorly. "I felt terrible when the booing started, but I also believe that if he's got any African-Americans in and around his campaign—which I don’t know; if he does, I don’t know any of them—if he has staff members who vetted that speech or inserted some of the things that I heard, they should be fired," said Cleaver.

Mitt Romney gesturing during a speech to the NAACP annual convention yesterday.
Mitt Romney gesturing during a speech to the NAACP annual convention yesterday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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