President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will speak next week to the American Legion's national convention in Indianapolis, but only Romney will be there.
President Obama is scheduled to welcome the convention in a video broadcast at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 28, according to the American Legion's website. Romney will give his address in person at 3 p.m. Aug. 29. The three-day convention for the Indianapolis-based organization, which serves military veterans and active service members, will be at the Indiana Convention Center. This will be Romney's second appearance in Indiana since he became the presumptive GOP nominee for president. He visited an Evansville barbecue restaurant Aug. 4 for a campaign appearance with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. The American Legion will honor the six-term incumbent whom Mourdock defeated in the May primary election. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind,, a Navy veteran, will receive the organization's Distinguished Service Medal at 11:10 a.m. Aug. 28. Others scheduled to speak to the convention include Gov. Mitch Daniels, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the military's adjutant general for Indiana. The Indianapolis Star reports that 10,000 people are expected to attend the convention. Romney will accept his party's presidential nomination next week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.