GOP says Obama playing politics with bin Laden anniversary

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April 30, 2012

By Gabriella Schwarz, CNN

Washington (CNN) — Days before the one-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, top surrogates for President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to the national stage to argue the politics of the attack.

Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs defended the campaign’s use of the event in a recent Web video and in a speech from Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie characterized the political steps surrounding the death as a “bridge too far.”

Team Obama released a video on Friday, partially narrated by former President Bill Clinton, that praised the president’s decision to order the killing of the al Qaeda chief one year from Tuesday and questioned whether Romney would have made the same choice. Biden similarly questioned the former Massachusetts governor in a campaign-style speech on Thursday.

Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, said the video was “not over the line” and criticized comments Romney made on the issue during his first White House bid as “foolish.”

The video quotes Romney in 2007 during his first White House bid, saying, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Days later, he said, “We’ll move everything to get him (bin Laden).”

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