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Obama ups ante on bin Laden raid from Afghanistan

 Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the state fishing pier, Monday, April 30, 2012, in ...
 A man gives a thumb up as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Portsmouth Fish Pier in P...

Romney 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the state fishing pier, Monday, April 30, 2012, in ...

Romney 2012

A man gives a thumb up as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Portsmouth Fish Pier in P...

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama should refrain from making the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden a "politically divisive event."
Within hours, Obama had upped the ante, paying an unannounced visit to Afghanistan from where he will address U.S. audiences at 7 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT) on the anniversary of bin Laden's assassination.
Obama traveled to Afghanistan to sign an agreement Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the post-war U.S. role in the country. U.S. forces are to cede control of Afghan security to that country's forces at the end of 2014.
Obama was on his way to Afghanistan when Romney appeared on CBS television and acknowledged that Obama has a right to take credit for ordering the mission that killed bin Laden in Pakistan. But he said Obama was wrong to suggest Romney would not have ordered the raid, saying "Of course I would have."
He reiterated those remarks later Tuesday in during an appearance in New York City with firefighters and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of bin Laden, the man who sponsored the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Obama ordered the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden's hideout deep in Pakistan one year ago. Over the weekend, Robert Gibbs, formerly Obama's spokesman and now a top campaign official, said it was unclear whether Romney would have ordered the killing of bin Laden.
"I think trying to attack me on that basis is inappropriate and the wrong course," Romney said.
He made the comments shortly after the Obama camp released a television ad accusing Romney of sending U.S. jobs overseas and keeping his money in Swiss accounts.
The Obama ad is partly in response to one released last week by the conservative political group Americans for Prosperity, which suggests money from Obama's $814 billion economic stimulus package went to overseas green-energy companies. Congress passed Obama's massive spending measure in hopes of pulling the U.S. economy out of the worst downturn since the 1930s Great Depression.
The economy is by far the biggest issue in the election, and Romney, who has seemingly locked up the nomination to challenge Obama in November, continues to attack the president on the issue.
The Obama campaign was spending about $780,000 to place the ad in battleground states Virginia, Ohio and Iowa, accuses. It accuses Romney of having "shipped American jobs to places like Mexico and China" when he led the investment firm Bain Capital. It also says Romney "outsourced state jobs to a call center in India" when he was governor of Massachusetts.
"It's just what you'd expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account," the Obama ad says, referring to Romney's 2010 income tax filing that showed some family money is kept in accounts abroad. Romney's fortune is estimated to be as much as $250 million.
Republican contender Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, released a video on his website saying he would formally end his campaign Wednesday. The former House speaker, who has been out of the running for weeks, thanked supporters and said he would continue working to defeat Obama, saying the president's re-election would be a "genuine disaster" for the country. Gingrich did not, however, mention throwing his support to Romney.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:35 GMT+08:00