A recent Gallup poll showed that only 5 percent of blacks supported Romney, as compared to 87 percent who supported President Barack Obama, according to CNN.
The former governor of Massachusetts addressed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at 10:30 a.m., and some excerpts from his speech were released ahead of time by his campaign.
The audience was very vocal with its disapproval when Romney said he would repeal Obamacare.
Romney said, "I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president," according to NPR.
Focusing on the economy, Romney said, "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it's worse for African Americans in almost every way."
Romney sought to show that the economy for African Americans is worse under the nation's first black president than it is for the rest of the country, according to the AP. Romney pointed to the 14.4 percent unemployment rate among blacks, as well as a below average income and median family wealth for black families, said USA Today.
In 2008, Obama won 96 percent of the African American vote on his way to victory, according to USA Today.