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Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

 
Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
Friday, May 25, 2012

 

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mitt Romney struggled to find support for his education proposals while campaigning at an inner-city school Thursday, one day after declaring education the "civil rights issue of our era."

The visit, the first by the likely Republican presidential nominee to such a school, came as he begins to court a broader cross-section of the electorate he needs to defeat President Barack Obama in November. In a speech Wednesday, Romney proposed expanding charter schools, which are privately run but funded by taxpayers, and creating a voucher-like system in which poor and disabled students could attend private schools, also using public money.

But if praise was what he was looking for, Romney had a hard time finding any at the Universal Bluford Charter School in West Philadelphia, a largely African-American neighborhood facing economic, educational and social challenges. Romney wants to deny a second term to the nation's first black president, whose photograph hung in one of the school's hallways.

During a round-table discussion, teachers and local education leaders rejected some of Romney's education prescriptions, including his assertion that class size doesn't matter. Romney also identified two-parent families as one of three keys to educational success, along with good teachers and strong leadership.

Local education leader Abdur-Rahim Islam pushed back, telling Romney that two-parent families are unrealistic in the community. "We will never get to that second part described about having a two-parent situation, parent support, as a key component," Rahim said.

Steven Morris, a music teacher at the school, disputed Romney's assertion on class size.

"I can't think of any teacher in the whole time I've been teaching, over 10 years — 13 years — who would say that more students would benefit them. And I can't think of a parent that would say 'I would like my kid to be in a room with a lot of kids,'" Morris said. "So I'm kind of wondering where this research comes from."

In response, Romney cited a study by the McKinsey consulting firm, which he said examined education systems in foreign countries and concluded that class size wasn't a significant issue.

While he struggled to win over the group, Romney does not necessarily expect to do well in Philadelphia, a Democratic stronghold. Nor does the campaign expect to steal a significant block of the African-American vote from Obama in what is shaping up to be a close election.

Black voters, who four years ago helped expand the electoral map in places like North Carolina and Virginia and lifted Obama to victory in those states, remain solidly behind him. An Associated Press-GfK poll this month found that 90 percent of blacks would vote for Obama in November and just 5 percent would support Romney. At the same time, just 3 percent of blacks said Romney "understands the problems of people like you" better than Obama does.

But coming off a divisive Republican primary that was dominated by staunch conservatives, Romney is eager to expand his appeal to independents and moderate voters in swing states like Pennsylvania, where Obama defeated his Republican opponent by 10 points in 2008. The school visit was in line with the "passionate conservative" push that Republican George W. Bush used to soften his image and win over moderate voters when he was elected president in 2000.

Outside the school, Philadelphia's Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter, an Obama supporter, lashed out at Romney's visit.

"It's nice that he decided this late in his time to see what a city like Philadelphia is about," Nutter said. "I don't

know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America."

Besides discussing his policies with nearly a dozen local education leaders, Romney also visited with children. He shook hands with a classroom of third-graders and stood virtually motionless for several minutes, bobbing his head ever so slightly at times, as a music class sang and danced for him.

During the discussion, the school's founder, Kenneth Gamble, told Romney that his "major concern is the future and the destiny of African American people in this country. Because once that problem is solved, I think that all of America will benefit from it." Romney said he agreed.

Asked afterward whether thinks Romney understands the black community, Gamble replied: "I don't know yet."
 
 
 
 
 
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Why did he even show up?  All he's doing is planned campaigning and checking off his "to do" list with Black folk.

 

A friend of mine told me yesterday while watch Ed Schultz on MSNBC, Ed Schultz reported that one of Romney's son owns a few charter schools with Romney as one of the financial investors so besides his interest in expanding privately run charter schools, he, his son and investors looks to funnel kids to those schools and make money off it through public and private funding that will go into their pockets.

 

Romney is all about one thing and that's big money first and foremost.

 

Watch this video of him and pay close attention to his mannerisms:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...oters_n_1542981.html

 

He's extremely nervous and extremely uncomfortable.

 

Looking down, no direct eye contact, reaching for words, members looks bored etc.....

Romney looks and acts like a White woman clutching her purse while riding the elevator all alone with a Black man and this is as close as Romney will get to addressing Blacks because unless it's in a formal setting with Black schools, Black organizations or an approved Black church on Sunday he won't under any circumstances be having town hall Q & A meetings or campaign speeches in ANY Black neighborhoods across America the same way he does in ANY White neighborhood in America and for that reason alone, whatever he says regarding education is suspect since his comfort level around Blacks is disturbing.



All he's doing is planned campaigning and checking off his campaign "to do" list with Blacks and for more Romney discomfort and uneasiness around Blacks, open up the link below and watch him (photos) interact among a charter school in a Philadelphia minority community.

The charter school's founder said afterward that "he's not sure whether Romney understands the needs of the African-American community. "I'm not convinced he even likes being around these kids".



http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=723957



Forget about his words and rhetoric, pay close attention to his physical actions because that says it all about Romney and his comfort level with Black people.

Romney's not ready to be POTUS.

I see Romney as a person so far removed from average Americans that he cannot, and probably has not true interest in, average Americans.  In a bad economy, everything that normally affect African Americans disproportionately, effect all Americans across the board.  His being born an raised in questionable religious doctrines of the Mormon Church also raise questions.  Funny, how the media has been giving him a BIG pass on Mormon doctrines and history, particularly regarding Black people, however, Obama was raked over the coals about his religion, and the media did not let a day go by without reporting on it and every idiot racist in America trying instigate distrust for Obama.

 

Quote by sunnubian: "Funny, how the media has been giving him a BIG pass on Mormon doctrines and history, particularly regarding Black people, however, Obama was raked over the coals about his religion, and the media did not let a day go by without reporting on it and every idiot racist in America trying instigate distrust for Obama".

 

Throughout the entire Republican selection process, Romney was given the total benefit of the doubt throughout while his competitors (except for Ron Paul who never achieved front runner status because they simply hate his guts) each attained front runner status and got raked over the hot coals by the media until they bent to the pressure and relegated to the back of the bus but not Romney.

 

He sat perched on high in the front runner position with no questions asked about anything pertaining to anything professional or private the same as the others and the media along with the Tea Party and base supporters just let it slide and the weird part about it is that all these gun owning, Bible Belt totin' Christains and Catholics said absoluty nothing about the GOP "manchirian candidate"; supporting a Mormon as their candidate of choice when they clearly believe that the Mormon religion is a cult and not a true religion.

 

As one elderly base conservative said when asked, he said, "I particularily don't like anything about Romney at all. He wasn't my choice but this election is all about defeating Obama and he's our best chance"...so in essence, these Republicans have sold their collective souls to the Devil for victory but then again whose suprised based on this country's history.

 

And my opinion is that the Democrats are going to let Romney and the Republicans get away with it since they have a known tendency to not stay hungry and attack the obvious especially with Romney and his boatload of personal and professional negatives that need to be exposed and just as Mayor Cory Booker did on "Meet The Press" by calling the Obama attack on Romney's Bain Capital as "nauseating" causing him to apoligize every day since and change his story making him look like a complete idiot is just a peek into what the Dems will do by not getting on message and challenge Romney and all his faults.

 

"Black" President Obama had to go before the entire United States citizenry and explain his relationship with Rev. Wright and if Romney wants the prize, then he should do the exact same regarding hs Mormon religion and all other questionable shiggity...but the Democrats won't pressure him because it's always the high road taken and "that's not who we are".

 

SMH.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Mannnnnnn ..... y'all are SO right about alladat!!! 

 

And if anything is "nauseating" about this election process so far .... it's the Democrats' lackluster, roll-over-and-play-dead attitude instead of coming-out-with-both-barrels-cocked-and-loaded-and-shoot-everything-in-sight kind of mentality they should have against Romney .... ESPECIALLY since the Repubs gave them ALL - and I do mean ALL - the ammunition they would ever need during their 'knock down drag out' primary process!!!

 

They talked about and tore into each other like rabid dogs!!   And with the very first shot the Dems tried to take - the Bain Capital mess - they've allowed the Republicans to swat it right back in their face ... in essence apologizing for "being so mean" to bring it up and allowing the Repubs to send out the message that somehow it's okay that the next potential POTUS has a record that shows he killed more jobs in his executive career than he ever created!!!

 

(And hopefully they're just saving the Mormon thing until later because, IMO, that's one that could take them straight through the election process from here .... and be fully festered against Romney by the time election day gets here! )

 

If the Democrats are going to be back-peddling and running and tripping over themselves to take back everything they say after getting their hands slapped by Republicans for saying it ...... it's gonna be a long, looonnngggg election process!!! 

 

If the White House can't 'hold their ground' ... nor can Congressional Democrats act like they have a backbone - too afraid of losing their 'perch on high'  and giving up the fat-cat lobby perks and ridiculously high paychecks - then they need to let those mega-million-dollar-holding so-called SuperPACs get in there and start slinging the down and dirty stuff (hand and silver-plate delivered by their own ex-primary peers/candidates).... not worrying about who might get 'mad' or 'upset' or have their 'little feelings hurt' by the TRUTH of who Romney is and what he stands for!! 

 

That is, in fact, what they're supposed to have been collecting all that money for in the first place!!  But, if they're not gonna use it for the purpose intended ... then they might as well give it back!! 

Quote by ER: "If the White House can't 'hold their ground' ... nor can Congressional Democrats act like they have a backbone - too afraid of losing their 'perch on high'  and giving up the fat-cat lobby perks and ridiculously high paychecks - then they need to let those mega-million-dollar-holding so-called SuperPACs get in there and start slinging the down and dirty stuff (hand and silver-plate delivered by their own ex-primary peers/candidates).... not worrying about who might get 'mad' or 'upset' or have their 'little feelings hurt' by the TRUTH of who Romney is and what he stands for!! 

 

And the issue that may come up with the Democratic SuperPACs who have no filter when it comes to spending money and creating attack ads against Romney is will the White House and surrogates back them up 100% by supporting vigoriously their attack ads against Romney and all his negatives or will they either do or say nothing in support or do a reverse "Corey Booker"; support the attack ad and it's contents and when the Republicans start crying foul (and they will on each and every attack ad) renig and start apolizing for their supporting statements once the political heats gets turned up because that's exactly what the Republicans want the Dems to do while at the same time offering no apologizes (they will double down) for their SuperPACs attack ads against President Obama.

 

The White House and it's surrogates hopefully are or have had stragery conference calls in order to get on point and stay on message since the Corey Booker disaster because unlike the Republicans, Dems have a rather hard time telling the truth or lying as a collective group unlike the Republicans who have it (lying) down to a precise science.

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