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.