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Mitt Romney NAACP Speech Edited To Appear He Was Applauded, Not Booed (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Mitt Romney was famously booed during his speech to the NAACP earlier in July, but you wouldn't know it from watching a new video he's released aimed at African-American voters.

The video features African-American Romney supporters explaining why they favor the Republican nominee. Their comments are edited together with footage of audience members nodding their heads along with Romney and standing to clap at his remarks, giving the impression that he was warmly received at the civil rights groups' annual convention.

But while there was polite, muted applause at various points during Romney's speech, there was prolonged jeering when he said he would repeal President Obama's signature healthcare law, followed by loud boos and snickering when he told the audience "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you're looking at him."‬ ‪

President Obama remains enormously popular with African-American voters, whom he won with 96 percent of the vote in 2008. A study released last week says that black turnout will be key for the president in several swing states, and if Romney can slice off a few percentage points of President Obama's black support, it could help his chances in closely contested states.

Hilary Shelton, an NAACP official, alleged that Romney actually flew in African American supporters to sweeten the audience response to the event. Romney told Fox News that he was not surprised by the negative reaction.

The stoic audience response to Romney's speech was humorously highlighted in a series of photos that went viral.

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