Tuesday in politics: Romney speaks to veterans, Obama fundraises on the West Coast

On the eve of his three-country, seven-day trip abroad, Mitt Romney will veer away from his usual rhetoric on the economy on Tuesday during a speech to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., where he'll talk about the military and foreign policy. President Barack Obama spoke at the convention on Monday, defending his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and lashing out at critics — like Romney — who opposed the withdrawal.

The presidential campaign got up and running again on Monday after a pause following the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., on Friday that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. But it's not back up to full speed — Obama will continue his three-day West Coast campaign swing by attending events in Oregon and Washington on Tuesday, but he has canceled a Portland, Ore., rally in the wake of the shooting.

First lady Michelle Obama will be on the campaign trail on Tuesday, too. She'll head to the battleground state of Ohio, with events in Columbus and Dayton.

And then there is this: Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of the death of America's eighth president, Martin Van Buren. The Democrat was in office from 1837 to 1841.

Sources: Associated Press, Yahoo News.

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