Romney Scheduled to Speak at NAACP Next Month
Every four years, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group invites the Democratic and Republican presidential nominee to speak. In 2008, both Barack Obama and John McCain addressed the NAACP.
In years past, however, Republicans and the NAACP have sometimes had rocky relations. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, declined the group’s invitation. George W. Bush spoke to the NAACP in 2000 but then skipped its annual convention for five years while he was president.
When Bush finally did attend the NAACP convention as a sitting president, the Republican pledged to improve relationships between black voters and the GOP.
“I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historical ties with the African-American community,” Mr. Bush said at that time. “For too long, my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party.”
NAACP President Ben Jealous said his organization is looking forward to hearing from Romney.
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