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.