After hearing about the many recent homecomings of Fort Hood soldiers, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul decided to visit Killeen and honor them for their service, Paul said in a telephone interview Friday.
The Texas congressman will speak at 11 a.m. today at Vive Les Arts, 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
The candidate said he expects a good turnout for his speech. He said he will discuss military, national defense and terrorism issues, all of which directly relate to the people in the Killeen community.
"I think it's recognized that we get more support from active-duty military than all other candidates put together," Paul said.
Veterans benefits is another issue Paul plans to address today. He said he wants to provide more help to returning troops.
Paul also mentioned his support for an exit strategy from Iraq.
"I think the best thing is for us to come home but do it in a way that's safe," he said.
Based on donations and support received from active-duty military personnel, Paul said they can relate to his campaign.
"I think they're very supportive of (a troop withdrawal)," Paul said. "A lot of them have been to Iraq."
Paul said people know he has a record with a great deal of independence.
"They recognize I'll be concerned with the whole picture," Paul said. Paul said he is focused on dealing with problems faced by middle-class Americans.