Campaigning to defeat the nation’s first black president Wednesday, Mitt Romney got about the reception you would expect from a sparsely filled convention hall in Houston at the annual NAACP convention. ABC News reports:
The black audience members rained boos on Romney three times during his speech — first when he said he’d repeal the health law, once when he said Obama’s record proves he hasn’t done enough on the economy and other matters, and once when he told them that he would be a president who makes the lives of African-Americans better.
Later, at a fundraiser in Hamilton, Montana, Romney offered his own explanation for the crowd’s negative reaction:
When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy… That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more free stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other. But don’t forget nothing is really free.
Liberals were quick to jump on this quote, insisting it had some coded racial message. At Mediaite, Tommy Christopher accused Romney of making “a naked appeal to the ‘welfare queen’ brand of racial and class resentment.” But here is Romney responding to a white female about birth control in front of a mostly white audience in Peoria, Illinois in March:
You know, let me tell you, no no, look, look let me tell you something. If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy. That’s what he’s all about, okay? That’s not, that’s not what I’m about.
It’s almost the exact same line! And one most Americans probably agree with too.
Obama: National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein notes that Obama hit new lows among white men in the latest Quinnipiac University and ABC News/Washington Post poll. “The new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama attracting just 29 percent of non-college white men, down from 32 percent in their most recent national survey in April… The ABC/Washington Post survey found Obama drawing just 28 percent of non-college white men, down from 34 percent in their May survey.”
Wisconsin: A new Marquette University poll shows Obama leading Romney 51 percent to 43 percent in Wisconsin. The poll also shows former-Gov. Tommy Thompson beating Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D, 45 percent to 41 percent.
Super PACs: American Crossroads, the 527 organization co-founded by Karl Rove, will spend $70 million on television ads in 10 Senate races.
Around the Bigs
USA Today, House votes to repeal health care law: The House of Representatives voted 244-185 Wednesday to repeal in full President Obama’s health care law in a symbolic display of opposition to the law after the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.
The Wall Street Journal, Fed Weighs More Stimulus: Federal Reserve officials sent new signals they are seriously considering more actions to bolster the economic recovery but disappointed many investors by not indicating they are committed to taking action.
The Los Angeles Times, Rising costs push California cities to fiscal brink: Facing the same financial stressors that pushed San Bernardino toward bankruptcy, cities across California are slashing day-to-day services and taking other drastic actions to skirt a similar fiscal collapse. For some, it may not be enough.
The Wall Street Journal, Labor Costs Push San Bernardino Near Bankruptcy: San Bernardino, home to 210,000 residents, will run out of cash to pay its 800 employees within 90 days. The city’s portion of its employee pension costs has risen to $2.2 million in the current fiscal year from $1 million in fiscal 2006-2007, according to a report on the city’s website. And labor costs represents 80% of the city’s budget.
The New York Times, New York Fed Shake-Up Clouded View of JPMorgan: In mid-2011, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York replaced virtually all of its roughly 40 examiners at JPMorgan Chase. Those changes left the New York Fed’s front-line examiners without deep knowledge of JPMorgan’s operations.
RedState‘s Erick Erickson calls out Texas AG. David Dewhurst consultants for attacking Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz on RedState.
Talking Points Memo‘s Brian Beutler explains how Democrats plan to use Obama’s tax hike to delay the spending cuts in last August’s debt limit deal.
Steve Benen urges Democrats to go on offense on Obamacare.
Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur profiles the five House Democrats that voted to repeal Obamacare yesterday.