TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Speakers at the Republican National Convention tonight will be looking to give Mitt Romney a boost on foreign policy and defense issues.
Romney hoped to enhance his foreign policy credentials last month with a trip to Britain, Israel and Poland. He ran into some criticism for comments on Olympic preparations and on Israeli-Palestinian cultural differences.
The Republican candidate today took a side trip from the convention in Tampa to speak to the American Legion in Indianapolis. He told the veterans' group that a Romney administration would better serve a military that he says is threatened with "reckless" defense cuts. And he said he would do more to help veterans hungry for jobs.
Romney said President Barack Obama's "biggest failure is that he's not delivered those jobs."
Romney and his team have also been reaching out today to two other critical voting groups -- Hispanics and women.
The candidate's wife Ann, and running mate Paul Ryan's wife Janna, headed a "Women for Romney" fundraiser, where Ann Romney said her husband would keep in mind the needs of women and families.
Later, at a Latino Coalition lunch, her son Craig addressed the gathering in Spanish, and described his father as "a man you can trust."