Obama addresses vets in trip laden with politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will be addressing the American Legion National Convention three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, in an appearance that is also fraught with midterm politics.

The president's speech to the legionnaires Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, aims to draw attention to administration initiatives to care for veterans once they come home.

For Obama, the visit to North Carolina has a heavy political subtext. The state's Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, is in a difficult re-election race and Obama is not popular in the state. Hagan is scheduled to speak to the American Legion too, but her spokeswoman declined to say whether she would appear on stage with the president.