The Obama campaign continued to hammer GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney on foreign policy Friday, releasing a new video questioning whether the former Massachusetts governor would have had the courage to launch a mission akin to the one that took al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's life about a year ago.
In the spot, former President Bill Clinton commends Obama for making the call on the operation, noting that the potential risks were monumental.
"Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there and it hadn't been bin Laden. Suppose they'd been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him," Clinton said. "He took the harder and the more honorable path, and the one that produced, in my opinion, the best result.”
The video then targets Obama's presumed Republican opponent, asking, "What path would Mitt Romney have taken?" It proceeds to recall an interview during Romney's 2008 presidential run in which he claimed, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."
It's the latest move by the Obama campaign to tear down Romney's foreign policy credentials while propping up the president's.
On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden honed in on the same comments, suggesting that Romney wouldn't have taken the same bold path that Obama had to track down bin Laden.
"As my brother would say, 'Go figure,'" Biden said to laughs, according to the Associated Press. "The governor is falling back on one of his party's favorite tricks of late -- distort and mischaracterize your opponent's position. Keep repeating the distortions and mischaracterizations over and over again."
UPDATE -- 9:50 p.m. EST:
Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responds:
"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. With 23 million Americans struggling for work, our national debt soaring, and household budgets being squeezed like never before, Mitt Romney is focused on strengthening America at home and abroad."
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