McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'
April 27th, 2012
09:32 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain: Obama campaign video invoking bin Laden is 'pathetic'

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain on Friday evening sharply rebuked a web video produced by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that questioned whether presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that culminated in the killing of terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"Shame on Barack Obama for diminishing the memory of September 11th and the killing of Osama bin Laden by turning it into a cheap political attack ad," McCain said in a statement distributed by the Republican National Committee.

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"This is the same president who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn't 'spike the ball' after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is not only trying to score political points by invoking Osama bin Laden, he is doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get reelected," he continued.

The video was posted Friday morning, just days ahead of the one-year anniversary of the operation authorized by Obama.

McCain, who is a top surrogate for Romney and was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said Obama deserves credit for ordering the operation, but characterizes the ad’s political motives as "hypocritical."

The campaign video features former President Bill Clinton praising Obama for authorizing the raid and explaining the gravity of that choice. "The president is the decider-in-chief. Nobody can make that decision for you," Clinton said.

Text on the screen asks, "Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?" It further quotes the former Massachusetts governor saying during his 2008 presidential bid, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

Romney later backpedaled from the comment, which he made to The Associated Press, saying at a presidential debate, "We'll move everything to get him."

Hours before McCain, a spokeswoman for Romney’s campaign likewise criticized the video.

"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," press secretary Andrea Saul said.

Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Shame on McCain for not giving the president credit for doing the will of the American people and ridding the world of a sadistic mass murderer. McCain knows that during the Bush years the republicans knew where Bin Laden was, but didn't dare offend the Saudi royal family, who financed many of their careers, including George W. Bush. McCain also knows Romney doesn't possess the backbone or the will to carry out such a politically risky task.

    April 28, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Anonymous

    If I remember correctly, during the 2008 RNC convention, McCain invoked not only images of 9/11, but Mr. 9/11 Giuliani himself as the focal point of HIS campaign, including using Bin Laden as the main talking point of his "elect me, I know where he is hiding" tough maverick talk.

    Act like a man, John. You didn't get OBL ... Barack Hussein Obama did. End of story.

    April 28, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. AKsteve

    yes shame on you Obama. George Bush never used 911 as a political tactic. This is only something a Dem would do.

    (Pity this is in writing and you can't hear the biting sarcastic tone I am using).

    April 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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