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Mayor Nutter slams Mitt Romney's speech to NAACP

Mayor Nutter, speaking this afternoon for the Democratic National Committee, repeatedly slammed as "nonsense" a speech delivered this morning to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Mayor Nutter slams Mitt Romney's speech to NAACP

Mayor Nutter, speaking this afternoon for the Democratic National Committee, repeatedly slammed as "nonsense" a speech delivered this morning to the NAACP's annual convention in Houston by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Nutter was particularly critical of Romney's pledge to the NAACP that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which drew boos from the crowd.  Nutter noted that an estimated 7 million African-Americans would gain health care coverage through the law.

"Black folks are not going to sit there and listen to some of that nonsense," Nutter said when asked if the boos surprised him.  "Clearly Mitt Romney has no real plan for the African American community or frankly for America."

Romney faced a skeptical and sometimes groaning crowd at the NAACP convention but received polite applause when he spoke of improving charter schools and the civil rights record of his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney.

Romney gave a shout out to Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble, saying he was "inspired" by his visit in May to West Philadelphia's Universal Bluford Charter School, one of five run by a non-profit set up by Gamble.

Romney pledged to work with the African-American community if elected president, saying: "We will know each other...and we will work to common purpose. I will seek your counsel."

A national Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning showed Obama holds a 92-2 percent advantage over Romney among black voters.

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