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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Romney booed by black voters after taking dig at 'Obamacare'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the NAACP convention in Houston July 11, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the NAACP convention in Houston July 11, 2012.

Peter Foster in Washington

Mitt Romney's difficulties in attracting African-American voters were highlighted after he was booed twice while addressing the country's leading black-rights organisation.

The Republican presidential candidate was left visibly uncomfortable as delegates at the conference in Houston, Texas, registered their displeasure after he promised to "eliminate expensive non-essential programmes such as 'ObamaCare'" -- Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform.

Mr Romney's decision to address the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People was considered either brave or foolhardy, since polls show that 90pc of African-Americans vote Democrat.

When the former Massachusetts governor pitched himself as an alternative to Mr Obama he was also met with jeering.

"If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him," he said, as his audience began to boo, before adding: "Take a look."

Donna Brazile, a prominent black Democratic strategist, said Mr Romney deserved the negative reaction for describing 'ObamaCare' as a "non-essential programme".

"They were right to boo, as they understand that the Affordable Care Act will bring them more coverage and reduce the cost of healthcare in this country," she said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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