Joe Biden To Follow Romney Speech at NAACP
Vice president expected to rebut GOP candidate’s arguments to rights group.
Joe Biden will address the 103rd NAACP Convention on Thursday, a day after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his election pitch to the nation’s oldest civil rights group.
The vice president will likely be tasked with rebutting Romney’s assertions that Barack Obama’s presidency has not been good for the African American community.
With the black unemployment rate up for the month of June, Biden will likely explain how Republicans have blocked most of the president’s jobs agenda and how that has had a direct impact on the black community.
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Romney’s speech on Wednesday did not mention voter ID laws, HIV/AIDS, police brutality or prison reform.
The president sent Biden to the NAACP in his place because of a scheduling conflict. This isn’t Biden’s first speech to a largely African American audience this summer. In June, the vice president addressed the National Association of Black Journalists’ annual convention in New Orleans.
Follow along on Twitter, as Loop 21 (@theloop21) live tweets Biden’s remarks at 10:30 a.m. ET.