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In his heart, Romney cares about blacks, healthcare. Really

July 11, 2012|By David Lazarus
  • Mitt Romney tells the NAACP that if black people could look in his heart, they'd know he's qualified to be president.
Mitt Romney tells the NAACP that if black people could look in his heart,… (Getty Images )

And now, a lesson in political-speak: being specific vs. being silly.

Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney told the NAACP that he has the "best interest" of Americans at heart and that blacks in particular should vote for him.

"I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president," he said.

That's the silly part. The man is seeking the most powerful job on the planet, and he's asking voters to understand who he truly is in his heart.

Moreover, it's apparently impossible for him to communicate why he believes he's the best man for African Americans. But if it were, Romney said, black people would vote for him. Apparently they'll just have to trust him on that score.

Getting specific, Romney said that if elected he'll repeal President Obama's healthcare reform law. "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him," he declared.

This drew boos from the crowd.

No wonder Romney hasn't outlined any specifics about the healthcare plan he'd offer in place of the law -- how he'd lower medical costs and reduce the number of people lacking insurance (which now totals a staggering 50 million).

Maybe it's in his heart.

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