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Black Caucus Chair: Romney Shouldn't Have Bashed Obamacare in Front of NAACP Audience


"I don't know who's advising Governor Romney from the African-American perspective."


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Mitt Romney had no business bashing President Barack Obama's health care law to the NAACP, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said Wednesday.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said it was "inappropriate but predictable" that NAACP members booed Romney after he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

(Related: Romney Draws Boos After Hammering Obama on Black Unemployment, Health Care in NAACP Speech)

"I don't know who's advising Governor Romney from the African-American perspective, but I would give him an F-minus on talking about Obamacare terms of repealing it. Not to this audience," Cleaver said on MSNBC moments after Romney's speech ended.

"If you want to talk about, you know, we've got to find a long-last solution to the rising cost of health care, OK," he said.

Cleaver said he "didn't support" the booing of Obama's presumptive opponent, but wasn't surprised by it.

"I think that was inappropriate, but predictable, when you start saying I’m going to eliminate something that the African-American community has embraced in numbers larger than any other component of the American society,” Cleaver said. “He should never have gone there in the first place.”

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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