Pundits will say Romney probably didn’t win over many votes in that audience. But clearly he earned their respect. And he should win both the respect and vote of most people who watch the whole speech.
Opponents will claim that the speech was just a clever ploy; that Romney actually wanted to be booed by a black audience. Nonsense. But some will keep saying it right up until he returns next year to address the NAACP as president of the United States.
What did Mitt Romney say to the NAACP? That’s what the media should communicate effectively but, as usual, hasn’t. It’s a speech well worth watching. To do so, click here.
Fred J. Eckert, author of the new book, That’s a Crock, Barack, is a former conservative Republican Congressman from New York and twice served as a U.S. ambassador (to the UN and to Fiji) under President Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valuable advisor.” He’s retired and lives with his wife in Raleigh, N.C.