Obama returns to Ft. Bliss for Iraq War anniversary

“If you hear anyone trying to say that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, don't you believe it, because here's the truth: Our alliances have never been stronger,” Obama said. The president’s address at Ft. Bliss also included an executive order he issued to improve mental healthcare and suicide prevention services for veterans.

The visit was an official White House trip, but it had campaign implications one day after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accepted the nomination and ahead of the Democrats’ convention next week. Both campaigns have been making an effort to reach out to veteran.

Behind the scenes ahead of Obama’s speech, his campaign and the White House criticized Romney for not mentioning the troops in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech.

“In an almost 45-minute speech Romney didn’t find time to mention our troops in Afghanistan,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said on a conference call with reporters.

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