Romney schedules convention break to see vets

WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney and his party have a host of pre-election work to do this week in Florida, but the Republican presidential nominee will be taking a 1,000-mile campaign detour to Indianapolis on Wednesday to address the American Legion’s annual veterans convention.

Last month Romney and President Barack Obama delivered stump speeches before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno. Obama has taped a message for the American Legion convention, but Romney’s campaign hopes the in-person Indianapolis appearance will give him an edge with the 2.4 million Legion members and the 22 million veterans nationwide.

The former Massachusetts governor isn’t scheduled to address the GOP convention until Thursday, giving him some flexibility for when he has to be in Florida. Vice presidential pick Paul Ryan is expected to deliver his convention remarks on Wednesday night.

Romney’s American Legion appearance is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, and can be viewed online at www.legion.org. The Legion convention started Sunday.

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