Thursday, January 19, 2012
GOP now buying a Black voice.
A black South Carolina woman may have helped Mitt Romney shed the "out of touch with the poor" label for one day. Ruth Williams, 55, said she was driving down a South Carolina road when she saw Romney's campaign bus and felt something.
"I was on the highway praying and said, 'God, just show me how to get my lights on,' and I pulled up to a stop sign and his bus was there," Williams told ABC News. "And then God said, 'Follow the bus,' and I followed the bus to the airport."
She followed it to Columbia, S.C., where the former Massachusetts governor was making an appearance. Romney, who was talking to supporters, saw the woman, who is currently unemployed, and handed her a $50 bill. It is also reported that his treasurer chipped in $150 to pay her light bill.
Since then Williams, who has been unemployed since last October, has been volunteering at Romney's campaign office in Columbia. "I'm just helping, cleaning and doing the little things," Williams told ABC News.
While this woman may have gotten some temporary relief with the cash handouts for herself and the light bill, it seems a bit demeaning to us because handouts are the very thing these Republican candidates bemoan. Instead of giving this woman charity, he could have told her about places in South Carolina where she could go to find information about jobs. He could have explained to her what his plans are to bring jobs to people, not just in South Carolina but across the country.