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Romney Has First Secret National Security Briefing as Nominee

September 17, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney received his first classified national security briefing today at a federal office building in Los Angeles.

The practice is customary for presidential nominees. Then- Senator Barack Obama received his first such briefing at an FBI office in Chicago on Sept. 2, 2008.

Romney’s session lasted about two-and-a-half hours, longer than it will take most days because it was his first session, said Rick Gorka, his traveling press secretary.

Earlier today, Romney delivered a speech in Los Angeles to the national convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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