The GOP Presidential Candidate Speaks to Blacks

RightWatch: When the 2012 campaign finally gets going, what will the Republican nominee say to African Americans? Probably what all the Republicans have been saying all along.

Mitt Romney (Getty Images)
Mitt Romney (Getty Images)

What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior. This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.” –Gingrich

It’s no wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody you better breast-feed your baby — yeah, you better — because the price of milk is so high right now!” –Palin

I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” –Romney

“We would be well to remember one of [MLK’s] famous quotes. He had reminded listeners that a lie cannot live. And I believe that not in every situation, it’s just going to be providence that sheds light on what the truth is. We have to do our part also.” –Palin

If our prison policies are failing half of the time, and we know that there are more humane alternatives — especially alternatives that do not involve spending billions more on more prisons — it is time to fundamentally rethink how we treat and rehabilitate our prisoners.

“Conservatives, such as myself, should not consider criminal-justice reform off-limits, and I am pleased that our movement has begun to tackle these issues head-on.” –Gingrich

I am so adamantly supportive of the good, traditional things about America and our free-enterprise system, and I want to make sure that America is put back on the right track, and we only do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.” –Palin

We remind people that this is a nation that recognizes the equality of all individuals. We also want to make sure that our nation is kept safe. And we’re going to pursue any avenue we have to, to assure that people who might be preaching or teaching doctrines of hate or terror are going to be followed into a church or into a school or a mosque or wherever they might be.” –Romney

I am obviously a proponent of free speech. I’m not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ too.” –Palin

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Holiday Inn … ” –the Sugarhill Gang

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