NEW YORK - Republican Mitt Romney accused US President Barack Obama of politicizing the killing of Osama bin Laden as the first anniversary of the daring raid dominated US presidential politics.
Obama, a Democrat, has touted the death of the al-Qaida leader as a crowning achievement of his national security policy and his campaign has tried to raise doubts about whether Romney would have made the same gutsy decision to send an elite special forces team into Pakistan to kill bin Laden.
Romney was in New York to mark the bin Laden anniversary by reminding Americans of its connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed 3,000 people and triggered the US war in Afghanistan. He was to appear with then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a New York fire station.
"I congratulated the president and the intelligence community, as well as SEAL Team 6 ... So I acknowledged the president's success and think he has every right to take credit for commanding that attack," Romney told CBS' "This Morning."
At the same time, said Romney, "I think it was very disappointing for the president to make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn't have ordered such a raid. Of course I would have. Any American, any thinking American, would have ordered exactly the same thing."