Romney campaign portrays enthusiastic reception of his NAACP speech


The campaign released a video on Wednesday that features black faces speaking highly of Romney as a leader intercut with footage from Romney’s speech to the civil rights organization’s national convention.

The video makes it look like Romney’s speech was well received at the convention, but Romney received a mostly tepid response and was booed twice when he referred to his pledge to repeal “Obamacare.”

Romney later said he expected the booing and was prepared to deal with it. But a controversy erupted when NAACP official NAACP's Hilary Shelton, backed by several others, claimed the Romney campaign planted supporters in the audience. The campaign denied it when asked by MSNBC.

The Romney campaign’s video portrays several shots where audience members jumped to their feet in response to Romney’s speech.

Obama carried the black vote in a landslide in 2008 and has a huge lead over Romney in polls among black voters. But Romney has argued that the 14.4 percent unemployment among African-Americans, which is well above the national average, should sway a few votes toward him from the black community.