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Veterans group Rolling Thunder backs Romney

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The group behind an annual motorcycle rally to honor U.S. veterans has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president.

Members of Rolling Thunder Inc. — which has for 25 years organized a motorcycle ride through Washington to raise awareness of veterans, prisoners of war and service members missing in action — voted at their annual conference to endorse the Mr. Romney over President Obama, according to a statement released Monday.

According to the release, 90 percent of conference delegates voted in favor of Mr. Romney, a decision that Executive Director Artie Muller attributed in part to their dissatisfaction with current health-care costs and quality of benefits for veterans returning from Afghanistan.

The Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride has become a staple of the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, drawing an estimated 400,000 riders this year during a weekend full of vigils, concerts, speeches and other events.

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