Mitt Romney addressed a Texas conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Wednesday and as part of his remarks said that he wants to represent gays and lesbians.
Romney made the remark while talking to the crowd about why he came to speak to a group, the NCAAP, that was largely going to support President Barack Obama and the Democrats. "With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community," he said. "Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed, sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between."
Mitt Romney: Speaks of rights of gays and lesbians
Romney, who also spoke of abolishing Obama's health care plan if elected, has stated during an election before that he would represent the rights of gays and lesbians. When he ran for a senate seat in Massachusetts in 1994 - he lost badly to Ted Kennedy - he wrote a same-sex Republican group that "...as we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent."
His claim he'll support gays and lesbians may not be believed by many in that community. Sarah Schmidt. of the Lesbian Political Action Committee (LPAC) clearly doubts his words. "The Republican party is continuing to attack lesbian's rights and women's rights. I want to wake up the day after the election and know that I did everything I could to defeat that," Schmidt said Wednesday.
Romney did not say what he might do to support gays and lesbians.