Romney staffers told press that they were “pleasantly surprised by the positive reception.” Tara Wall, a policy adviser, even declared, “I think actually there was a lot more applause, he had a standing ovation at the end, there was a lot more applause than disagreement.”
Wall went on to praise Romney for “saying tough things,” arguing with reporters, “I’ll take three boos out of thunderous applause over and over again.”
ThinkProgress reporters found a somewhat different response; attendees called the speech “patronizing” and Romney’s Obamacare comments in particular “a serious misjudgment.”
Even Romney himself admitted to Fox Business that he “expected” the boos, but wanted to deliver the same message he does to everyone else.
The longest and loudest boos came when Romney promised to repeal Obamacare, which he called “a non-essential expensive program.” Watch it: