In campaign remarks this afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, President Obama made a national security case for a strong economy and suggested that his opponent, Mitt Romney, won't take proper care of veterans if he's elected president.
"I'm looking around this country, and I know from our history, from world history, that no nation has always been stronger than its economy," Obama said. "That's an issue of our national defense. And, so, because of our outstanding men and women in uniform we know that we've got the greatest military on earth, but we also have to have the best economy on earth to support those troops. And that means let's start investing, rebuilding roads, and rebuilding bridges, and laying broadband lines in rural communities. Let's rebuild schools that are overcrowded and give them state of the art science labs. And let's rebuild our ports and runways. That's what America is about--is rebuilding. We've got thousands of construction workers out there that are ready to get to work. Let's put them to work. That will be good for our economy, and over the long term will be good for our strength."
Then, the president of the United States segued into attacking his opponent, Romney:
"That's the difference between myself and my opponent: As long as I'm commander in chief we're going to make sure that our veterans are properly cared for," Obama said, suggesting that Romney, if he becomes president, won't take proper care of veterans. "And we have expand our funding and improved how we are working with our veterans. But we've got more work to do, and that requires resources. We're sure not going to spend that money better on tax cuts for me. I want to make sure that a young man or woman who has served our country, who has fought for us, they shouldn't have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home."
UPDATE: The Romney campaign responds:
"Under President Obama, Americans have suffered from one of the worst job markets in recorded history - and our nation's veterans have been among the hardest hit," Amanda Henneberg, a Romney campaign spokesman, says. "With more than twelve percent of veterans struggling to find work and nearly a million veterans unemployed, the President signed a law that could force nearly a quarter million troops out of the service. It's clear that we need to do more to grow our economy and ensure that our troops aren't sent from the front lines to the unemployment lines."