Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) ripped Obama’s latest campaign video, which suggests Romney wouldn’t have had the guts to order the raid.
“No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy,” McCain said in a statement, issued by the Republican National Committee.
“This is the same President who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected,” McCain added.
The ad, “One Chance,” was released Friday and is narrated by former President Clinton.
In it, Clinton praises Obama for taking “the harder, more honorable path” by choosing to take down bin Laden last year, on May 1. The ad then asks, “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?”
The video points out a comment Romney made in April 2007, in which the former Massachusetts governor said it wasn’t “worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
Vice President Joe Biden also touted bin Laden’s killing on Obama’s watch this week, linking the death of the Al Qaeda chief with Obama’s support for the once flailing auto industry.
“It’s pretty simple,” Biden said. “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.”
Team Romney also blasted Obama’s latest ad.
“The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Governor Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the President,” said spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
“It’s now sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try to distract voters.”