SALT LAKE CITY — Addressing a private fundraiser this evening, Mitt Romney made reference to his speech to the NAACP when he was booed several times by the crowd, telling supporters, “I don’t give different speeches to different audiences.”
“I gave the same same speech,” said Romney at the event, which was held at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, Montana, and was open to a small group of reporters. “When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy.”
The crowd in Houston earlier Wednesday held a sustained boo — for about 15 seconds — when Romney vowed to eliminate Obamacare, a program he called “expensive” and “non-essential.”
“That’s OK,” said Romney, of the response he received at the NAACP. “I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine.”
Romney said earlier today Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he had “expected” a negative response from the crowd.
Two of Romney’s policy advisers maintained, however, that the reception in the room was on the whole positive, noting that the applause pauses outnumbered those for boos and jeers.
Romney also used the captive audience to further criticize President Obama’s tax proposal.
“So when the president wants to raise taxes on individuals as he’s proposed from 35 percent to 40 percent he kills jobs,” Romney explained.
“If your priority is crushing people, vote for him. If your priority is jobs, you’ve gotta vote for me,” said Romney.