JON E. DOUGHERTY, NEWSROOM AMERICA
GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona vehemently criticized President Barack Obama over a campaign ad featuring Bill Clinton that questioned whether a President Mitt Romney would have ordered an attack against al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.
In the ad, the former president – who himself passed on a chance to kill or capture bin Laden in 1998, praises Obama for agreeing to launch the U.S. Navy SEAL strike in Pakistan in May of last year against a compound where the notorious terrorist leader was believed to be hiding.
The raid proved successful; SEALs killed bin Laden in a shootout, then barely escaped the Pakistani compound with his body, according to reports.
McCain, who lost his presidential bid to Obama in 2008, said in a statement Friday that the president – and the ad – stepped over the line.
“Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad. This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points,'” McCain said.
“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 said “no one disputes” Obama deserves some credit for ordering the raid, but added that politicizing “it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.”
“The Obama campaign asks whether Mitt Romney would have made that decision. Of course they want to focus on this one tactical decision because the other decisions this President has made have harmed our national security,” he said, further criticizing the administration’s record on national security issues.
“The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Gov. Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the president,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in response to the ad. “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’ attention from the failures of his administration.”
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