Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney Adviser, Defends Omission Of War Talk In RNC Speech (VIDEO)

09/02/2012 12:16 pm ET | Updated Sep 02, 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's campaign is defending the Republican presidential nominee's decision to make no mention of the politically unpopular 11-year-old war in Afghanistan in his speech last week at the GOP national convention.

Romney was the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war.

Senior campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday the closely watched national speech was a "home run."

The address was an opportunity to introduce Romney to millions of voters concerned about the economy, Fehrnstrom said, and with it Romney "accomplished what he set out to do, which was to talk about his better vision for America with more jobs and increasing wages."

The U.S. plans to trim the number of troops in Afghanistan to 68,000 by October.

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Fehrnstrom told CNN that Romney didn't talk about war in his convention speech because he had already talked it in a previous speech.

"The day before the convention speech, Candy, Governor Romney traveled to Indianapolis on Wednesday and he gave a speech before the American Legion," he said. "Governor Romney thought it was a privilege to be speaking to people who had served so nobly and in that speech, he talked about Afghanistan. He also talked about the $1 trillion dollars in defense cuts that are going to be taking place under this president."

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