Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Claiming war is "almost out of sight, out of mind" for most Americans, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney invoked FDR's fireside chats as a way to explain how he would be a better wartime communicator than President Barack Obama.
"One of the things that I think has been sorely lacking in our nation as we have been at war these last many years is a constant reminder to the American people that we are at war and people are making huge sacrifice," the former Massachusetts governor said Friday in Mauldin.
Romney and fellow White House contenders Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent Veterans Day in South Carolina, home of the nation's first southern primary as well as thousands of veterans, active duty military and their family members.
While Bachmann and Perry walked separately in a Veterans Day parade in downtown Columbia, GOP frontrunner Romney met with a group of military veterans in the upstate.
Romney said he would clearly explain the mission and exit strategy of military conflicts if he were to become commander-in-chief, a criticism that's been leveled at both the current Democratic and last Republican administrations.
"I will regularly update the American people on what's occurring, the nature of the sacrifices and the involvement that the American people should have in supporting those who are in harms way and whose families are sacrificing," he said.
On Saturday, the candidates will convene in Spartanburg at Wofford College for a debate that is expected to focus on national security and foreign policy issues.
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