McDonnell: Obama's pursuit of bin Laden was 'gutsy'
May 1st, 2012
04:47 PM ET
6 years ago

McDonnell: Obama's pursuit of bin Laden was 'gutsy'

Washington (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican and potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's decision to pursue and kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was "gutsy."

"It was a good moment for America," McDonnell said in a phone interview with CNN. "It was a good moment for President Obama, mainly because of the incredible bravery of the men and women in uniform. And that's been one of the areas that this president has done okay. Those were some gutsy decisions that he made to take out bin Laden and some other terrorists."

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McDonnell refused to add his voice to Republican criticism, from Romney and others, that Obama is politicizing the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's killing.

But he predicted that unless something dramatic happens in the next six months, the election will be decided by the economic issues that are at the front of voters' minds.

"Any time you have an anniversary of a seminal event, people look back," he said when asked about the political debate over bin Laden. "I will leave that up to other people to decide."

McDonnell said "the big issues" of this election will be jobs and the economy.

"The big issues at this point are not defense issues, they are fiscal issues and getting this country back on track," he told CNN.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Brhino

    The prez needs to end the victory lap and get to work

    May 1, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Jacob

    President Obama is the best thing that ever happen to this country after 8yrs of the Bush presidency period.

    May 1, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Calvin

    Obama He save America from Another great Depretion what do you say about this record Mr Romney?

    May 1, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He said that he would do this during the campaign. I guess that is one promise kept. A promise with a large bang as it were; thanks to those SeAL members that got the job done!

    May 1, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Say what!? Another Republican giving President Obama credit where credit is due. The economy is coming back, slowing, but coming back. The stock market was up today too, which will make middle class retirees and 1 percenters happy. So don't hang your hat on the economy continuing to be in the dumpster.

    May 1, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Lawrence Nwachukwu, PE

    President Obama is brilliant, courageous, decisive, and futuristic. Yes, his decision to get Bin Laden is gutsy. He, his administration, and our fine men and women in the military deserves every imaginable credit for their bravery, sound planning, and superb implementation. This is great for our country, USA. This is also an economic issue, job issue, a deficit reduction issue because billion of dollars per month that were being spent in pursuit of Bin Laden and in related wars can now be used in domestic investments including improving our infrastructures, modernizing our schools, in research and development, in green energy, in the new phase of manufacturing, etc. These things will create tens of millions of jobs, almost completely eliminate unemployment, and hugely help wipe out the deficit. It is a win-win situation for our country American. God bless America, God bless President Obama and his Administration, God bless our fine men and women in the military.
    Respectfully Submitted,
    Lawrence I. Nwachukwu

    May 2, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
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