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Romney pledges to keep America safe

 Stressing that a strong national defense and fiscal responsibility can co-exist, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to The American Legion that, if elected, he’ll make sure both veterans and the military are taken care of under his watch.

Romney took a break from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to address delegates at the organization’s 94th National Convention in Indianapolis. He received a standing ovation after finishing his 20-minute address.

“The first job of government is to keep the American people safe – and as president, that will be my commitment to the American people,” Romney told the packed hall in the Indianapolis Convention Center. “But our security and prosperity are connected. Our military strength depends on our economic strength. The well-being of our veterans depends on our ability to make sure they can find good jobs when they come home. And our ability to field the strongest fighting force in the world depends on leaders in Washington who know how to set priorities, write real budgets, and protect our soldiers and their families from devastating cuts.

“(Vice presidential candidate) Paul Ryan and I have a plan to keep America strong and secure, prosperous and free. Where the president has failed to lead, we will protect our national defense from cuts that jeopardize critical missions. Where he has let our veterans down, we will welcome them home to a booming economy and the jobs they need. Where he has dodged the tough choices, we will confront them head-on, and deliver a better future for Americans of this generation and the next.”

Romney pledged to nurture friendly alliances while standing up for U.S. values on the international level. He cautioned that “the world continues to be a dangerous place,” pointing to the situations in Iran, Pakistan, Syria and North Korea. And in touching on domestic issues, he said his travels have pointed to one major area of worry.

“I've had the privilege of visiting with many veterans and heard their concerns,” he said. “Overwhelmingly the No. 1 concern I hear from young vets can be summed up in one word: jobs. They have served their country, and they want to get back to work. They need and deserve good jobs. And this president’s greatest failure is that he has not delivered those jobs. As president, I will get America back to work again.

“To make it easier for veterans to find employment in skilled trades, I will work with the states to create a common credentialing and licensing standard, and encourage organizations to recognize and grant credit for military training.”

Romney vowed to increase Department of Veterans Affairs mental health staffing and said that if a veteran cannot receive timely care through VA, he or she will be allowed to see a TRICARE provider at VA’s expense. But the majority of Romney’s speech focused on the budget and how it will impact the military and America’s veterans.

“I have said before that this must be an American century,” he said. “And to accomplish that, we must have the strongest military and the strongest economy in the world. Regrettably, President Obama has failed on both counts. I will keep faith with our troops and our veterans – and my administration will do better by them.”

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another_mike

August 30, 2012 - 10:52pm

Are you obama troops kidding me? Did obama serve in the military? No. Next, the point of "Obama inheirited this debt from george" is old and lame. He volunteered for the job knowing the status of the debt and its not a valid scapegoat to keep using that as an excuse. Has he lived up to his claims? No. So give new leadership a chance to fix it. Would you continue to cheer on or vote for the captain who is steering your troops in the wrong direction or in circles?

alrkrash

August 30, 2012 - 5:41pm

As a follow up comment. I do not, in anyway shape or form, Appreciate the American Legion promoting any political candidate, of any Party. We Soldiers did not serve with a flag in our hand that said Democrat or Republican. It had stars, stripes and was red, white and blue.

alrkrash

August 30, 2012 - 5:35pm

This is a fine letter written with commitment to and knowledge of the subject. I could write a lot more, but would not surpass what has already been written. On one subject of jobs and schooling for returning warriors. A target of 100 thousand was set for this year of 2012 in the OBAMA for Returning Veterans job market. That goal was reached in July and being well bypassed as I write this. HOOAAH!

m. arnold

August 30, 2012 - 3:21pm

Every member of this organization should consider this before endorsing Mitt Romney: Mitt says he will keep us safe. He makes it sound as if he really cares about American security. I say, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! Mitt Romney was born in 1947. That means he came to draft age in 1965. He could have volunteered for service at that time. He didn't, not even for National Guard, like George W. Bush did. He was called a year later for the draft, but he got a deferment. I have no problem with that, many Were in college at that time, and got deferments to finish. Those were called after the deferment expired went. Mitt got another deferment so he could spend a year in Paris as a " missionary.". All told, Mitt got FOUR deferments. He always had some excuse not to go. While I was at Walter Reed, attending to men who DID defend their country, Mitt refused to defend that country. You, who read this may be some of the men I tended. You bled for your country. Mitt felt his blood was too precious to spill. While you were learning to walk without legs read without eyes, dress yourselves without hands, Mitt was getting on with his life without so much as one weekend a month spent defending his country. Nor, will any of Mitt's sons serve. When asked, he said that helping Mitt's campaign was their service! Mitt not only won't serve, he equates standing on a stage for photo ops with putting lives on the line in The Middle East. I cannot fault a man for not serving if he was never called. President Obama and Paul Ryan were too young when the war, and the draft ended. I DO fault a man who when his country called, FOUR TIMES, hung up the phone.

Betty neal

August 30, 2012 - 3:13pm

Romney/Ryan will send us all to hell in a handbasket. You forget we inhierted this debt from George BUSH!! He spent billions on a useless war not to mention all the good men we lost Clinton left office with a surplus, six months later Bush had us millions in the RED. Obama has MY VOTE as well as all my family old enough to VOTE

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