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Romney 'Applauds' Obama for Osama bin Laden Raid

10:31 AM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
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Mitt Romney today praised President Obama for giving the order to kill Osama bin Laden, a day after saying "even Jimmy Carter" would have done so.

"I commend all those who planned and conducted the bin Laden raid, and I applaud President Obama for giving the go-ahead for the mission," Romney said in a statement to mark the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death.

The presumptive GOP nominee also said the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks or in the war on terror should not be forgotten.

The raid that killed bin Laden has been a hot political topic in recent days, with some people such as Adm. Mike Mullen worrying that it could be overly politicized in the 2012 elections.

President Obama, without mentioning Romney by name, essentially questioned yesterday whether Romney would have also ordered the raid. That prompted Romney's remark Monday about Carter.

Appearing on CBS' This Morning program, Romney today said the killing of bin Laden shouldn't be a "politically divisive event" and criticized an Obama campaign ad featuring former president Bill Clinton that praises the president for the raid.

NBC News is reporting that documents, found in the Pakistani safe house where bin Laden was hiding, detail assassination plots against Obama and David Petraeus, at the time the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

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