Romney: Bin Laden Hit Was An Easy Call

Mitt Romney is trying to flip the script on President Obama and use the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death to his own political advantage. 

Romney on Monday dismissed the supposed courageousness of Obama’s decision to send a team of Navy SEALs to Pakistan to kill bin Laden, calling it an easy decision that “even Jimmy Carter” would have made. 

The counterattack was aided by liberal commentator Arianna Huffington, who criticized as “despicable” an Obama campaign ad that suggested Romney would not have issued the order to kill bin Laden. 

Obama was left to defend his campaign team and administration, telling reporters at a White House press conference that he “hardly think[s] you’ve seen any excessive celebration taking place here.”

“I think the American people remember rightly what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice someone who killed 3,000 of our citizens,” Obama said.

Republicans recognize the talk about bin Laden could be dangerous territory for Romney.

“Obviously President Obama wants to make Election 2012 about anything but his record, but Mitt Romney really needs to make this more about the economy,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell, who argued the former governor was facing an uphill battle because the media was sympathetic to Obama on the issue.

“If the shoe were on the other foot, the media would flag a President Romney 45 yards for excessive celebration,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Justin Sink at The Hill

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