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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 1984 black-and-white file photo, President Ronald Reagan gives the thumbs up gesture during his acceptance speech at the final session of the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. Mitt Romney did not mention the war in Afghanistan, where 79,000 US troops are fighting, in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday. The last time a Republican presidential nominee did not address war was 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower spoke generally about American power and spreading freedom around the world but did not explicitly mention armed conflict. Below are examples of how other Republican nominees have addressed the issue over the years, both in peacetime and in war.   (AP Photo/Peter Southwick, File)

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