Nightly News | May 28, 2012
>>> day saw the president and the man who wants to replace him honoring americans who cave everything for their country. with the election just five months away now, politics was pretty close to the surface, too. here's nbc's kristen welker.
>> mitt romney marking memorial day with president obama 's former rival and one of the nation's most well known veterans, senator john mccain . the political symbolism lost on no one.
>> senator mccain , a national treasure , thank you for being here. and honoring all of our veterans.
>> romney didn't miss the chance to take a swipe at president obama 's foreign policy .
>> i wish i could tell you that the world is a safe place today. it's not.
>> today, the president hailed what he sees as his achievements, drawing down the wars in iraq and afghanistan. and at the vietnam veteran pfsz war memorial , acknowledged the war failed the veterans of that war.
>> you came home and sometimes were denigrated when you should have been celebrated. it was a national shame. a disgrace. that should have never happened. that's why here today we resolve that it will not happen again.
>> in recent weeks, the president has chrrisscrossed the country, pressing congress for tax breaks for companies who hire veterans.
>> nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job.
>> and today, he echoed those remarks.
>> you shouldn't have to fight for a roof over your heads and you fought on behalf of the country you love.
>> veterans who make up 13% of the electorate and trudengsally vote republican could have an impact this year. the president lost votes to mccain in 2008 , and polls show he's trailing mitt romney in that group. several key swing states have veteran voters where every vote will matter.
>> you have seen a tightening in national polling and key swingstate polls, florida, ohio, virginia, the nine to 12 states we think ultimately decide who the president of the united states will be.
>> and savannah, a little bit of history. veterans picked bill clinton over george w.h. bush and george bush over john kerry , who served in vietnam. this will be the first election since world war ii is which neither candidate is a veteran.
>> thank you.