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Obama to play up national security record at Democratic convention

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The Democratic Party will play up what it sees as President Barack Obama’s shining national security credentials at its party convention next week, aides to the president said Wednesday.

The party will “highlight the significant role President Obama’s strong record on national security and veterans issues” during the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which runs from next Tuesday to Thursday, said Adam Fletcher, a campaign spokesman.

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Fletcher cited Obama accomplishments such as “ending the war in Iraq responsibly, to refocusing on al-Qaeda and decimating its leadership, to taking care of our men and women in uniform when they return home.”

He said these themes would be touched on throughout the week but especially on its last evening Thursday in an address by Senator John Kerry, a former presidential candidate and foreign policy heavyweight.

A Vietnam veteran who lost to George W. Bush in 2004, Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

Kerry has been mentioned often as a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if Obama defeats Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the November 6 election.


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