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Romney hits Obama on defense cuts, information leaks

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Photo - Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Beverly Oncology and Imaging CEO Ruth Lopez Novodor hosts a small-business roundtable during a campaign stop at Endural LLC, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Beverly Oncology and Imaging CEO Ruth Lopez Novodor hosts a small-business roundtable during a campaign stop at Endural LLC, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
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Mitt Romney delivered a searing attack against President Obama’s job as commander in chief, telling a veterans convention Tuesday that Obama has weakened U.S. standing in the world and turned his back on American allies.

“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, compromised our national security secrets, and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due,” Romney told a Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Reno, Nev.

Romney accused Obama of endangering national security by allowing for classified information, including details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, to be leaked to reporters for his own political gain.

“What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain?” Romney said. “Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished.”

Romney accused Obama of also seeking political gain with his timeline for drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The route to more war – and to potential attacks here at home – is a politically timed retreat,” he said. Romney has criticized Obama in the past for withdrawing troops too rapidly from both wars.

Romney further criticized Obama for moving in the “opposite direction” of nurturing American allies, especially Israel. The president has offended Israelis and they “deserve better,” he said.

“This is very simple,” Romney said. “If you don’t want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I’m not your president.  But with his cuts to the military, you have that president today.

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