Mitt Romney has been criticized by conservatives for not mentioning Afghanistan in his convention speech. And Democrats made an issue of it at their convention, putting military personnel front and center during prime watching hours. In Sioux City, Iowa Romney responded to the criticism this way:

"I actually talked about our military and our commitment to our military and the fact that our president has actually proposed and is going to oversee a dramatic cut back on our military. We learned from the Woodward book or excerpts from it that apparently the idea of the sequestration and cutting our military actually came from the White House. My speech talked about maintaining our commitment to the military and as you know I took time out of our convention to go to the American legion to speak to our veterans and speak about our commitment in Afghanistan and elsewhere...the president didn't have to apparently go to the American Legion as I did."