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Romney Dismisses Obama’s Bin Laden Bragging

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Romney rejected Democratic efforts to question whether he would have given the directive to kill bin Laden, saying “of course” he would have done so. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” 

Obama also addressed bin Laden’s death today, doubling down on his efforts to use it as an attack against Romney:

Obama did not mention Romney nor quote him directly, but told reporters: “I’d 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.”

“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s been at least my practice,” Obama said from the East Room of the White House, during a joint news conference with Japan’s prime minister. “I said that 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.”

Based on these statements, looks like Obama’s going to be using bin Laden’s death as part of his campaign efforts for a long while yet. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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