"Some independent voters would want to know why is it that you don't want to speak to the NAACP but last week you spoke to Hispanic voters? And that's a fair question. So by speaking at the NAACP, he moots that question," Fauntroy says.
In addition to citing Republicans' general social policy positions as alienating black voters, Fauntroy also highlights Romney's opposition to the healthcare reform law as problematic.
"The overwhelming majority of people who do not have insurance in this country don't have it because they don't have the economic means to get it. So then if you look among who are the poorest people in the country, you are talking about black and brown people," he says. "So when you say you want to abolish Obamacare, you're saying you want to take healthcare away from them. That's not the type of thing that's going to resonate with black voters."
Fauntroy adds that when it comes right down to it, voters tend to pay attention to personalities more than politics, and there Obama has the distinct advantage.
"So anybody that opposes Obama is going to be in a tough position amongst African-American voters because how many African-American voters support the president," he says.
Vice President Joe Biden is set address the group on Thursday.
Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter.