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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-12 06:51 AM
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In courting black support, Romney faces familiar barriers

July 11, 2012 5:00 AM

In courting black support, Romney faces familiar barriers

CBS News) <snip>

Nevertheless, in a speech at the NAACP's annual convention on Wednesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make his case to the African-American community, attempting to establish a dialogue with black voters and making efforts to chip away at the president's overwhelming lead among them.

A look at recent polling reveals Romney has virtually no hope of making major inroads with the black community before this November. According to Gallup tracking data from June 18-July 8, just five percent of black voters plan to support Romney at the polls, compared to the 87 percent who say they will vote for Mr. Obama.

This is a pattern that has been repeated throughout history: Gallup data compiled from pre-election surveys shows that since 1988, when it began tracking support among black voters, no Democratic presidential candidate has received less than 88 percent support among African-Americans. In 2008, Mr. Obama received 99 percent of the African-American vote. Meanwhile, no Republican presidential candidate has earned more than 9 percent support from black voters during that period.

"This is business as usual," Gallup's editor in chief, Frank Newport, told CBS News. "Black voters are the most solid demographic group in America today."

BAUMA. Business as usual, my ass.

Romney said he remembered marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. That turned out to be a lie. And that was well-publicized. Less well publicized was another lie: Romney said that he remembers clearly the day when the Mormon Church lifted its ban on clergy who were black. (I use that term in this context because I do not believe that the Mormon Church ever had a problem with, say, white South Africans.)

Romney said that he clearly remembers that he was driving to school in Cambridge (Harvard). He heard the news on his car radio and was so emotional he pulled his car over and cried.

Well, I googled that a few years ago, when I first learned he said it and found that the Mormon Church had changed its policy on black clergy in 1978.

And then I googled Romney's school years. His most recent degree from Harvard (or anywhere) was his joint J.D. and M.B.A., which he had received in 1975, three years before the Mormon Church changed its policy.

Also, I am sorry. Even if the story were true--which it isn't--you don't get to be a lifelong member of a church that discriminated against blacks throughout its history and wipe that away by claiming you cried when your church finally changed its policy. But, if you lie about it in the bargain....

Sorry, but a voter of black African descent would have to have major issues in order to vote for Romney. I can understand why someone like Michael Steele, who has grown rich through peddling his Republicanism would vote for Romney because I can understand how personal greed might overcome principle (principal over principle, as it were).

However, I will never understand how an ordinary voter who is black could vote for a man who attended a racist church all his life, who lied about marching with MLK, Jr and who lied about the day his church changed its policy on blacks.

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mercymechap Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-12 05:44 PM
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1. Maybe because they are so brainwashed into thinking
that Democrats are evil because we support Gay rights and pro-choice that they overlook everything in their candidate (whom most did not like to begin with), because they hate Obama more than they dislike for Romney.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-12 06:12 AM
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2. Seems Romney many not have been courting support at the NAACP, as the headline
of the OP article assumed.

now, some are saying that he went there for the purpose of getting booed there, aka race-baiting.

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