Romney to NAACP: Know my heart, vote for me
“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,” Romney said during his remarks in Houston.
In his remarks, Romney invoked the legacy of his father. When George Romney was governor of Michigan, he wrote the civil rights provision of the state’s constitution. As a member of the Nixon administration, the elder Romney fought to end discrimination in housing.
George Romney declined to back Barry Goldwater as the GOP presidential nominee in 1964 because of concerns that the Arizonan was vying for the votes of white segregationists in the South. In the run-up to his own 1968 presidential bid, the elder Romney toured urban areas decimated by race riots in Detroit and other cities.
“More than these public acts, it was the kind of man he was and the way he dealt with every person, black or white,” Romney said about his father. “He was a man of the fairest instincts and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God.”