Romney Calls OBL Politics 'Disappointing'

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(CNN) – On the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Mitt Romney called the apparent politicization of the event "disappointing."

"I acknowledge the president's success and think he has every right to take credit for him having ordered that attack," Romney said Tuesday on CBS "This Morning." "At the same time, I think it was very disappointing for the president to try and make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn't have ordered such a raid."

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee reiterated that he "of course" would have ordered the attack on the compound in Pakistan that killed the former al Qaeda leader.

His response followed comments made by Obama during a press conference on Monday, during which the president took an apparent swipe at the GOP frontrunner.

"I just recommend that everybody take a look at people's previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden," Obama said. "I said I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it."

When talking about the hunt for bin Laden in 2007, Romney said "It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions just trying to catch one person." He clarified the remark days later saying "We'll move everything to get him (bin Laden)," but that has not stopped the Obama campaign from reminding voters of the previous comments and questioning whether Romney could have made the same choice.

Following the president's press conference, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul called Obama's comments a "cheap political ploy."

However, when asked on Monday about any potential "celebration" in honor of the anniversary, Obama said "I hardly think that you've seen any excessive celebration taking place here."

Making his case during Tuesday's interview, Romney said any "thinking American" would have acted as Obama did in 2011.

"There are plenty of differences between President Obama and myself, but let's not make up ones based on 'Well, he might not have done this,'" Romney said. "I think it's taking an event that really brought America together, that was the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people and an enormous sacrifice, some people who put their lives very much on the line. Let's not use this as a political football."


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