WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is serving up an election-year reminder that he ended the Iraq war, visiting a Texas military base two years to the day that he formally declared the end of the U.S. combat mission.
Obama’s visit to the Army’s Fort Bliss underscores a point Obama has made repeatedly on the campaign trail: He made a promise to end the unpopular Iraq war and kept it. Obama also visited Fort Bliss on Aug. 31, 2010, the day he announced the end of the U.S. combat role.
The White House says the visit is official business — not campaign-related, although the distinction is not always clear. The president will speak to troops and have a round-table discussion with military members and families.
Obama resumes campaigning on Saturday in Iowa.