Presidential Campaign Resumes with Obama Attacking Romney on Iraq and Afghanistan
The goodwill period after the Aurora theater shooting has ended and President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney going at each other again. The president said that he has doubts about Romney’s readiness to be commander-in-chief, while Romney accused the president’s camp of churning out attack ads.
Days after the massacre at Colorado, both camps were asking for national unity and reflection. But on Monday, the fight was on again. President Obama told a military crowd that he was the only one in the presidential race with a record regarding international matters. He gave out the speech just before Romney is set to go on a trip overseas.
Both presidential candidates are trying to attract the military vote. In the 2008 election, 54 percent of people who served in the military voted for Senator John McCain, who is a veteran. Only 44 percent voted for Obama according to exit polls.
The latest attacks ended the ceasefire in deference to grieving families and victims of the Aurora Theater shooting. President Obama and Romney went back to their fundraising activities and attacking each other over leadership, jobs, and security.
Both candidates don’t want to waste time in what observers say is a tight race for the presidency. Romney said that a positive campaign would be nice and blamed Obama’s campaign for being too negative.
President Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars that he kept his promises to end the war in Iraq and move out of Afghanistan. He also approved the raid that resulted in the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
With regards to Iraq, President Obama suggested that Romney would have kept American forces in the war zones indefinitely instead of ordering their withdrawal. Romney is also set to speak before the VFW Tuesday before he goes on his three-country trip.