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“You know, there was a survey of the Chamber of Commerce - they carried out a survey of their members, about 1,500 surveyed, and uh, they asked them what effect Obamacare would have on their plans, and three-quarters of them said it made them less likely to hire people. So I say, again, that if our priority is jobs, and that’s my priority, that’s something I’d change and replace,” Mr. Romney said.

It was a risky performance and could have ended badly for Mr. Romney, but he emerged from the speech as someone who was not afraid to carry his message to every group in the country, even those who may be hostile toward him. He proved he was not going to tailor his message to suit different audiences, that he held firm convictions that would not shift with the political tides.

The Obama campaign put out a statement saying, “African-Americans can’t afford Romney economics.” Tell that to the 2.4 million black workers who cannot find a job in Mr. Obama’s economy.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.