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obama romney reno vfw convention (left) President Barack Obama addresses the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 23.(Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (right) Mitt Romney addresses the same convention on July 24. (Photo: REUTERS/James Glover)

Election 2012: Obama, Romney Address Veterans

Presidential candidates speak at VFW convention

By Cheyenne Ruiz | null null , null

RENO, Nevada - President Barak Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both spoke at the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Convention in Reno, Nevada, this week. Obama spoke on Monday, followed by Romney on Tuesday.

In his speech, Obama spoke about of his fulfillment of promises he made when he ran for President four years ago.

"I pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world," he said. "As President, that's what I've done."

Later in his speech, Obama discussed the unemployment of veterans. He said that the veteran unemployment rate has decreased since he took office. But it can be better.

"Yes, it's still too high, but it's coming down," Obama said.

The President added that when the troops get back from war, there are no jobs for them. Because of this, they end up on the street. To make sure this doesn't happen, he had a message for companies that are hiring.

"If you want somebody who gets the job done, hire a vet. Hire a vet and they will make you proud just like they've made America proud."

The next day, Romney took the podium and strongly criticized Obama's administration.

In his remarks, he said Obama's plans and attempts at peace haven't work.

"If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President," Romney said. "You have that President today. In dealings with other nations, he has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due."

Romney also criticized the President's handling of the economy.

He said the President's "policies have made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in 70 years, exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify, [and] compromised our national security secrets."

Romney went on to talk about how top secret details on the operation to capture Osama bin Laden were leaked to reporters by Obama's staff.

"What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain?" Romney asked. "I'll tell you right now, mine won't."

After the speeches, members of the VFW who were at the convention spoke to the Kids Press Corps about the presidential candidates.

Veteran George Lott here are about two million cases of American Veterans waiting for healthcare, and in some cases, wait until it is too late.

"I'd give him a 'C'," Lott said about the job Obama has done as President.

Carl Edwards, another veteran, agreed. He said Obama has done a "so-so" job and that he could do better.

"He's (Obama) trying," veteran Theodore Eaton said. "Romney would make a good President," he added.
But not everyone was happy about either speech.

Michael Emerson and other veterans felt that the candidates were just telling the audience what they wanted to hear.


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