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Romney To Address American Legion In Person, Obama By Video

Both of the presidential candidates will speak at the American Legion conference in Indianapolis, but only Romney will appear in person.

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The annual American Legion convention will hear from Mitt Romney live and Barack Obama on a video screen.

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will each speak at the American Legion national convention in Indianapolis this week. But only Romney will make an in-person appearance.

President Obama appeared in person at the American Legion’s national convention for the first time last year. This year, his presence will be via a video message to the convention’s attendees.

Legion national commander Fang Wong admits he is disappointed the president will not be attending.

“But we’ll be listening to both of them and we’ll have to let the membership decide whether or not it is important or not important that the individual be here or not be here,” he says.

Political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says Mitt Romney appearing in person is more important than the president not showing up.

“He’s not made a personal connection with the Legion and the individual members yet,” Feigenbaum says. “This gives him an opportunity to do that and to show his commitment to the organization and to the cause that they represent.”

Wong agreed, saying his members have known Mr. Obama’s positions for nearly four years but still have to study Governor Romney.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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