Obama and Romney Declare Truce on 9/11
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney declared a truce yesterday in order to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But even with their subdued observances, campaign politics still resonated through.
Both campaigns pulled their negative ads during the day. They also didn’t schedule any rallies. But they remained in visible to the public as the United States marked the 11th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack that left around 3,000 dead.
In the White House, President Obama observed a moment of silence. He also attended a memorial service at the Pentagon and visited Arlington National Cemetery. He met with wounded soldiers and their family at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
But the Democratic campaign didn’t stop with its rallies. Former President Bill Clinton went to Florida and made a registration appeals under the name of first lady Michelle Obama.
President Obama noted that the war in Iraq is now over and troops are set to leave Afghanistan in 2014. Al-Qaida’s leadership has been destroyed and Osama bin Laden will not threaten the lives of anyone. The US is now safer and people are resilient.
In Reno, Nevada, Romney spoke to the National Guard. He said that he wish he could say that the world is less dangerous today. He highlighted the proposed cuts in defense as well as the handling of disability claims. He wants more assertive international leadership.
He said that the current century must be an American century. The nation’s leaders must steer it onto the path of freedom, prosperity and peace. America must lead the free world and the free world must lead the whole world.
Romney also referred to his criticism of President Obama over cuts in military spending that would take effect if Congress and the president can’t come with a deal on major federal deficit reductions. Romney also warned that the return of troops must not be an excuse to hollow the military through a series of defense budget cuts.