Romney would not have killed Bin Laden [video]

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    Would Mitt Romney have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden? President Barack Obama‘s reelection campaign released a new video on Friday that strongly implies that he would not have, using the presumptive Republican nominee’s own words against him.

    Ever since Vice President Joe Biden boiled down Obama’s 2012 slogan to “bin Laden is dead, GM is alive,” it has been clear that the embattled incumbent would not hesitate to use the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL strike as a political weapon.

    The video, taken from footage shot for Obama’s 17-minute campaign commercial “The Road We’ve Traveled,” opens with the message “the Commander-in-Chief gets one chance to make the right decision” and turns to former president Bill Clinton for validation. “That’s one thing George Bush said that was right: The president is the decider in chief. Nobody can make that decision for you.”

    “Look, he knew what would happen,” says Clinton. “Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn’t been bin Laden. Suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned ‘I cannot in good conscience do nothing.’ He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced in my opinion the best result,” he says, amid images including a photograph of New York City firefighters cheering the news of bin Laden’s death.

    “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?” asks the onscreen text. The video recalls Romney’s contention, in an April 2007 interview with the Associated Press, that Americans will not be markedly safer if bin Laden were killed and that “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” (Days later, in a May 3 2007 debate, Romney was asked about his words and responded “We’ll move everything to get him…This is a global effort we’re going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It’s more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die.”)Would Mitt Romney have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden? President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign released a new video on Friday that strongly implies that he would not have, using the presumptive Republican nominee’s own words against him.

    Ever since Vice President Joe Biden boiled down Obama’s 2012 slogan to “bin Laden is dead, GM is alive,” it has been clear that the embattled incumbent would not hesitate to use the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL strike as a political weapon.

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