Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Although I believe your organization is no longer necessary and is on the balance harmful to race relations in America, I am nonetheless honored to speak to you tonight. I am honored to speak to you because I recall the days when the NAACP was committed to racial equality. I recall many fine victories during the struggle for civil rights, which was coming to a head when I was a young boy living in Mississippi. Those victories could not have been secured without a firm commitment to First Amendment principles, including the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. It is in the spirit of the First Amendment that you invited me here tonight despite our profound differences of opinion on a range of important moral issues. By giving me a platform, you have regained some of the integrity that was once a hallmark of this once-great organization.
Like you, I was surprised when Mitt Romney chose me as his running mate. I have been critical of Mitt Romney for his previous capitulation on the issues of abortion and gay rights. I told Governor Romney that I would accept the Vice Presidential nomination under one condition: that I would be placed in charge of all judicial appointments, including selecting justices to serve on our nation’s highest court.
I also asked Governor Romney to consult me in the process of selecting a presidential cabinet, should he win election in November. He assured me that I will be consulted regularly during that process. You should be pleased with some of the cabinet recommendations I intend to submit to our next president. They will include Professor Walter Williams for Secretary of Treasury and Thomas Sowell for Secretary of Education. But I will not be recommending them because they are black. I will be recommending them because they are better qualified than anyone who is white. Because it is inherently racist I despise affirmative action. And you should, too.
The main reason you need to vote for Mitt Romney is that such a vote would do much to end racism in your organization and racism in America. Fighting abortion and ending racism go hand in hand. If you vote for Barack Obama, you will be voting for someone who is an ardent supporter of abortion, which is now responsible for ending over one-half of all black pregnancies. And if you vote for him knowing that he supports the dismemberment of slightly more than one-half of the black population, you will only be doing so because he is considered black – although that is only a half-truth. So it bears repeating: a vote for Mitt Romney would do much to end racism in your organization and to end racism in America.