America should crack down on threats from without and classified information leaks from within, Republican presidential presumptive nominee Mitt Romney told an enthusiastic crowd at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev. Tuesday afternoon.
During his speech, Romney referred casually to his 2011 appearance at the convention, underscoring his fidelity to the veterans’ demographic. Obama, who addressed the audience Monday, last appeared at the convention in 2008.
The Republican challenger received his first standing ovation minutes into the speech, when he mentioned apparent leaks of classified information, including detailed descriptions of cyber-warfare against Iran and targeted drone strikes made public in the pages of the New York Times. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. supplied added ammunition Monday, when she said it was clear that at least some of the leaked information was coming from White House ranks.
Romney called for a special independent counsel to look into the leaks and said he wanted to see the source of the privileged information “exposed, dismissed, and punished.”
“This isn’t a partisan issue,” he said. “It’s a national security crisis.”