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In appeal to veterans, Mitt Romney touts 'unapologetic' use of US power

On the eve of a weeklong overseas trip, Mitt Romney tells the VFW he is 'not ashamed of American power,' and calls intelligence leaks from the Obama White House a 'national security crisis.'

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US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney addresses the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Convention in Reno, Nevada, Tuesday.

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Mitt Romney has spent recent weeks saying he sees no reason to apologize for his considerable success as a businessman, and on Tuesday he adapted that theme to his foreign-policy vision – telling a Veterans of Foreign Wars audience that as president he would practice a robust, “unapologetic” use of American power.

Proclaiming, “I am not ashamed of American power,” Governor Romney told the VFW convention in Reno, Nev., that he is “guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion” – that the 21st must be “an American century” if peace, justice, and hope are to advance in the world. He then pledged that “if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.”

Romney followed President Obama by a day in addressing the veterans. But unlike Mr. Obama, who in his remarks Monday made no mention of his presumptive Republican rival, the former Massachusetts governor focused on the incumbent he hopes to prevent from winning a second term.

Under Obama, America has lost its leadership position in the world, Romney said, warning that a second Obama term would lead to devastating cuts in the defense budget.

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