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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD): Romney not surprised about 'adverse reaction' at NAACP Convention, talks about new addition to 'Make It In America Plan'

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received boos from the audience at the NAACP Convention in Houston Wednesday when he said he would repeal "Obamacare." In response to the crowd's cries, Romney said at a separate event later that same day that "if I don't stand for what they want, go vote for someone else."

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tells Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" this morning that the response wasn't exactly unexpected. "I don't think Romney was surprised that he was going to get an adverse reaction," Rep. Hoyer says.

While President Obama's campaign says the President will not be speaking at the convention due to a "scheduling conflict," Vice President Joe Biden will be delivering the keynote address Thursday.

"I think the Vice President clearly is representing the President and himself," Hoyer adds. "I think the Vice President and the President are well-known to the NAACP and African-Americans and to America. And I think that those policies are going to be supported by that organization."

Rep. Hoyer also talks to Soledad about his new addition to the jobs initiative, the "Make It In America Plan", which focuses on expanding manufacturing in America and also incentivizes companies to keep jobs in the U.S. rather than shipping them overseas.

Watch more from Soledad's interview with Rep. Hoyer on CNN's "Starting Point" in the clip below.

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