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US Election Updates - September 12, 2012

Romney pays tribute to troops on 9/11 anniversary

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid tribute to service men and women on Tuesday in honor of the September 11th attacks.

Speaking to the National Guard Association at the Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, Romney told them the country needed their "strength and vigilance now more than ever before."

He refrained from mentioning President Barack Obama during his address but delivered a not so subtle critique of cuts to military spending, an issue he has highlighted during his campaign.

"With less than two months to go from Election Day, I would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent's plans for our military and for our national security. There is a time and a place for that, but this day is not it," Romney said.

"The return of our troops cannot and must not be used as an excuse to hollow out our military through devastating defense budget cuts. It is true that our armed forces have been stretched to the brink -- and that is all the more reason to repair and rebuild. We can always find places to end waste. But we cannot cancel program after program, we cannot jeopardize critical missions and we cannot cut corners in the quality of the equipment and training we provide.”

Both the Romney and Obama campaigns suspended negative ads as a sign of respect.

Romney will return to the campaign trail in Florida, Virginia and Ohio this week, key battleground states required for a victory in the November 6 elections.