PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Mitt Romney on Monday rejected claims by President Obama’s campaign that he would not have ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“Of course, of course,” he said, when asked by reporters whether he would have gone after the terrorist. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
The Obama campaign raised the matter over the weekend, roughly one year after the president ordered the targeted killing of the terrorist leader inside of Pakistan. Advisor Robert Gibbs said on Sunday that it was unclear whether Romney would have taken the same action if he had the same intelligence.
“Look, just a few years ago, President Obama – then a candidate – said in a speech that if we had actionable intelligence of a high-value target in Pakistan, we’d go in and get that high value target,” Gibbs said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Mitt Romney said that was foolish. He wouldn’t do such a thing. That he wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get Osama bin Laden.”