Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton praised President Barack Obama's decision making process in last year's military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a new web video out Friday by Obama's re-election team. The campaign video also questions whether Republican challenger Mitt Romney would have made the same call as the president.
"The president is the decider in chief. Nobody can make that decision for you," Clinton says in the web video. "Look, he knew what would happen. Suppose the Navy Seals had gone in there and it hadn't been bin Laden. Suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him, but he reasoned I cannot in good conscience do nothing. He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced in my opinion the best result."
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The video then asks "which path would Mitt Romney have taken" and includes a quote from a Reuters article from August 4, 2007, which said "Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for vowing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan if necessary."
The video also highlights comments Romney made on April 27, 2007, to the Associated Press, during his first run for the White House, when he said "it's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person." A clip of CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer referring to the quote is included in the video.
Days later, in an MSNBC presidential debate on May 3, 2007, Romney was asked by the moderator "can we move heaven and earth to do it?" He responded "we'll move everything to get him."
During his second run for the White House, Romney has credited Obama for launching the raid on bin Laden, while being critical of many aspects of the president's foreign policy.
"To his credit, the president ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden," Romney said last June, at his campaign kick off speech.
While campaigning in Iowa in December, Romney said he was "glad he [Obama] ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden."
The latest Obama video ends with Clinton reflecting on the difficult decisions a president must make, saying of Obama: "He had to decide and that's what you hire a president to do. You hire the president to make the calls when no one else can do it."
The video's release comes one day after Vice President Joe Biden seemed to question whether Romney would have ordered the raid, saying "We can't say for certain what Governor Romney would have done."
Biden made the comments in campaign speech in New York City that centered on foreign policy.
The Romney campaign reacted to the speech and the video on Friday.
"The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Governor Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies, and the President. 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," said Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul.
Tuesday is the first anniversary of the raid, in which the al Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. Navy Seals during a raid in Pakistan.
While the economy continues to dominate the race for the White House, the president's handling of foreign policy, from dealing with the nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, to the war in Afghanistan and the Arab-Israeli peace process, to last year's fighting in Libya, came under attack from the Republican presidential candidates during the battle for the GOP nomination.
National polls indicate that a plurality of Americans approve of how Obama's handling the country's foreign policy and according to recent CNN/ORC International poll, by a 16-point margin, the public said that Obama would handle the job of commander in chief better than Romney.
– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.