It seems evident that Mitt Romney believes promoting strong families and marriage is his strong suit for winning over African American voters. Here's how he began his address to the NAACP today right after talking about the need to improve education:
"A study by the Brookings Institution has shown that for those that graduate from high school, who get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of becoming poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76%. Here at the NAACP you understand the good and lasting difference that family makes.
[...]Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country and that must be our goal. As President I will promote strong families and I will defend traditional marriage." [applause.]