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-- Obama has just returned to Washington after meeting with soldiers at Fort Bliss Texas.
-- -- has correspondent Ed Henry reports today's appearance with the troops.
Give the president an opportunity to respond to a convention weeks' worth of criticism.
-- this was billed as an official event and not a political rally it gave President Obama a picture perfect setting to tout a campaign promise kept.
As he marked the second anniversary of his previous visit here to Fort Bliss I told the American people better.
All our troops would be out of Iraq by the end of the following year.
But the time I know some folks didn't believe me.
They were -- Some thought they had to combat that was just.
Word games and semantics.
But I meant what I set.
And it was a pitch perfect platform to hit back -- Republican Mitt Romney without ever mentioning his name.
Or that convention in Tampa if -- -- -- -- trying to say that America in decline error.
But our influence is Wayne today.
Don't you believe it.
Deserve the -- our alliances have never been strong.
That came less than 24 hours after Romney used his convention speech to rip the president's approach to national security.
I -- again my presidency where the jobs tour.
President Obama began his presidency with an apology tour.
America he said it dictated to other nations.
President America has freed other nations from dictators in.
Even after a rare bit of praise from Romney over the raid that killed Osama bin Laden there was another shot over reports suggested Iran is ramping up its nuclear program every American was relieved -- President Obama gave the order.
And seal team six took out Osama bin Laden.
On another front every American is less secure today.
Because he -- failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat.
The Obama camp pounced on the fact that Afghanistan was completely left out.
As Romney became the first Republican since 1952.
Did not mention war it is acceptance speech and it.
A -- 84000.
American men and women are fighting for their country in Afghanistan.
Not a single mention of how or when.
To bring them home safely.
Now the -- camp fired back to the governor just spoke about Afghanistan Wednesday in a big speech to The American Legion.
They think this attack is politicized as the war.
This is not just the political food fight though to the troops here at Fort Bliss I spoke to several of them told me they're gonna be redeployed to Afghanistan in October -- reminder this is still.
Very much a hot war -- Ed Henry live traveling with the president of Fort Bliss Ed thank you and.
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