Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will address the NAACP in Houston, TX in July.The convention will run from July 7 to July 12 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The theme of the convention will be, Your Power, Your Decision – Vote. The NAACP, along with the National Urban League are spearheaded voter education efforts due to changes in vote laws in over 30 states.
The NAACP often has presidential candidates address the convention. The last time President Obama addressed the NAACP was in 2009 in New York for their 100th anniversary. First lady Michelle Obama addressed the group in 2010 in Kansas City.
President Obama is expected to attend but the White House has not yet confirmed he will speak. “We are pleased that Governor Romney has decided to join us in Houston this summer,” stated NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.
“We look forward to an engaging conversation with Governor Romney about his vision for a more just society,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock.
“Every presidential election cycle, the NAACP invites both the Republican and Democratic nominee for president to address the NAACP membership. In 2008, both Senator John McCain and then Senator Barack Obama spoke at the NAACP Annual Convention in Ohio,” an NAACP press release stated.
More information about the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention is available here: http://www.naacp.org/pages/convention.