President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House after landing aboard Marine One July 10,2012, (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has asked NAACP members to keep standing with him as he seeks re-election and sells his message of helping the middle class.

Obama appeared in a taped video message at the civil rights organization’s convention in Houston on Thursday.

The nation’s first black president told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that he stands “on your shoulders.” He didn’t mention his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who addressed the convention on Wednesday.

Romney told the group he would do more for African-Americans than Obama has.

Neither the White House nor Obama’s campaign had indicated Obama would appear by video. Obama’s campaign had said he could not appear in person because of a scheduling conflict.

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the group later Thursday.


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