Pelosi: Romney wanted NAACP convention to boo him

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Mitt Romney's speech before the NAACP a "calculated move."
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, suggested that Mitt Romney sought the boos of disapproval he received in a speech before the NAACP.

“I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention,” Pelosi told Bloomberg Television’s Peter Cook.

Romney’s speech before the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was punctuated with boos from those gathered at the NAACP’s annual convention in Houston on Wednesday, particularly as he criticized the nation’s healthcare law championed by President Obama.


Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had intended the speech for a broader audience. But the comments from Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, appeared to suggest that Romney wanted to show his distance from the group as he appeals to conservative voters in the November race for the White House.

Pelosi is stepping up her attacks on Romney as Democrats seek to regain control of the House.

House Democrats have a long-shot chance to win 25 seats this November, to push aside the GOP majority. Outside analysts believe Democrats will narrow the gap, but fall short of taking the majority.

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