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TAMPA, FL (AP) — Mitt Romney will focus on veterans’ issues with a speech today to the American Legion as speakers at the GOP convention address defense and foreign affairs.

The Republican nominee is making a day-trip detour to Indiana to speak to the veterans’ service organization as the convention in Tampa continues.

Sen. John McCain – nominated four years ago only to lose to Democrat Barack Obama – will address delegates this evening, as will former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The convention focus will be on foreign affairs before tonight’s speech by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate.

Romney, officially nominated yesterday, is looking to burnish his credentials as a plausible commander in chief.

Plans initially called for Romney to address the convention this evening from Indianapolis by video hook-up in conjunction with McCain. But campaign officials now say that idea has been scrapped, and that Romney will return to Tampa instead of spending the night in Indiana.

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