Chad’s Morning Brief: Romney Gets Booed at the NAACP, House Votes to Repeal Obamacare, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of July 12, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
1. Romney Booed at NAACP (link)
Mitt Romney gave a speech to the NAACP yesterday and though he did receive some light applause, he was booed three times. The loudest boos came when we was speaking the truth about jobs and Obamacare. According to the Daily Caller:
“If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney said. “You take a look.”
The crowd booed when Romney criticized Obama for not doing enough to get unemployment down.
“I know the President will say he’s going to do those things, but he has not, he will not, he cannot, and his last four years in the White House proves it, definitively,” Romney said.
The loudest boos of the speech came from the NAACP activists when Romney spoke of his desire to see “Obamacare” repealed.
“If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we take in every year,” he said. “And to do that, I’m going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare.”
After his speech to the NAACP. Romney was slammed for only caring about white people. Yes, even after speaking for no reason to the NAACP.
“I believe his vested interests are in white Americans,” Charlette Stoker Manning, the chairwoman of Women in NAACP, told the website BuzzFeed following the Republican candidate’s Wednesday speech in Houston.
“You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he’s coming from. He’s talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts — black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work,” Manning said.
Oh well. Good job to Mitt Romney for not backing down.
2. House Votes to Repeal (link)
It's not expected to live long in the Senate, but the House yesterday approved repealing Obamacare. According to FOX:
But Republicans were looking to get lawmakers back on record on the law in the wake of the high court ruling last month. The ruling upheld most the law as constitutional, but in doing so it determined that the controversial penalty on those who do not buy insurance technically qualifies as a "tax" and not a "penalty" as the administration had claimed. That definition fueled GOP criticism of the law, and put some Democrats in a politically tricky position.
Five Democrats ended up defecting Wednesday. Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark.; Dan Boren, D-Okla.; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; Larry Kissell, D-N.C.; and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, all voted yes.
In a show of party unity, all Republicans voted for the bill.
If we want Obamacare to go away, we must send Mitt Romney to the White House.
3. Dewhurst Speech Goes Away (link)
Controversial remarks from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have been pulled from state websites. The remarks are from 2007 and deal with immigration. According to the Texas Tribune:
The speeches from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's state website were pulled down after reporters began calling about his controversial 2007 remarks on border and immigration issues, an aide said.
Spokeswoman Lauren Thurston could not give an exact date for the removal. But she said it happened recently, after reporters began calling the office about a speech that Dewhurst gave in Laredo in February 2007. The Houston Chronicle posted a blog item and a link to the speech on June 27.
The lieutenant governor's office had asked more than a year ago that all of his speeches be removed from the internet and sent to archival storage. At that time, a button allowing computer users to access Dewhurst speeches was taken off the government-run website. But the speeches could still be found online through a standard Google search.
Once the 2007 speech began generating calls to the office, the lieutenant governor's state-paid staff asked that the links to the speeches be disabled.
“Our attention was alerted to it when people started asking about that speech," Thurston said. "The Mr. South Texas speech." The remarks were delivered at the event in which Dewhurst was given the honorary title.
Meanwhile, Dewhurst spokesman Mark Miner said Dewhurst has not changed his views on a guest worker program. He said the lieutenant governor has always favored securing the border first, before pursuing "other things" in the immigration arena.
At the most recent televised debate in Dallas, Dewhurst signaled a willingness to embrace a guest worker program if the border is brought under control.
4. Mayor Robertson Says 'No' to Tax Increase (link)
Just in case you missed yesterday's follow-up, apparently the AJ never got in contact with Mayor Robertson for their story in which the AJ reported that the Mayor favored raising property taxes.
After the show on Tuesday, the Mayor posted on his Facebook page that he doesn't support a tax increase and that the AJ never contacted him for the story. You can read more in the link above.
5. Dumb Story of the Morning (link)
The pathetic thing about this story is that so many people really do believe that Obama will pay their bills.
A myth that President Obama is giving people money to pay their bills has prompted thousands of people across the country to try to pay for utilities, phone service and loans using bogus bank routing numbers.
United Way of Cleveland's 2-1-1 changed its answering machine Monday to say rumors of the Obama program were false after fielding dozens of calls.
Later that day, a United Way employee was on an RTA bus when a rider stood up and announced to fellow passengers that Obama was paying people's bills. The rider told people they could use the red numbers on the backs of their Social Security cards to tap into the government money. Steve Wertheim of United Way said the woman claimed she had successfully paid her electric bill using the technique.
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