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Romney Criticizes Obama For Lack Of Veteran Support

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at the American Legion conference in Indianapolis before traveling to the Republican National Convention.

Mitt Romney At Legion

Photo: Mitt Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney speaks at the American Legion National Convention on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for what he calls failure to support military veterans during a speech Wednesday at the American Legion’s National Convention in Indianapolis .

Romney spent the majority of his speech talking about issues concerning current and former service members: defense spending cuts, a backlog of military disability claims and slow economic growth. He says veterans’ biggest concern are jobs.

“They’ve served their country,” he says. “They want to get back to work.  They need and deserve good jobs. And this president’s greatest failure is that he’s not delivered those jobs.”

Romney focused heavily on what he called serious problems facing the Veterans Affairs,  including potential funding cuts. But the former Massachusetts governor did not get into specifics when it came to solutions.

“I’m going to make reform in that agency a personal priority and have already started thinking about things I’d do to make it better for you,” he says.

In a statement, Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker praised President Obama’s record on supporting veterans and criticized Romney and running mate Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, saying it would be harmful to veterans and seniors.

Romney’s appearance also drew a small handful of union protestors outside the convention.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 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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