Elections 2012: McCain Slams Obama for Using Bin Laden Death in Attack on Romney

Sen. John McCain criticized President Barack Obama for politicizing the death of Osama bin Laden, which he called the ‘height of hypocrisy.’

Mr McCain released a statement on President Obama’s decision to play politics with the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. Photo: ForeignPolicyI/Flickr

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee said in the statement: “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 added: “This is the same President who once criticized Hillary Clinton for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points.'”

The Senator refers to a video from the Obama campaign in which former President Bill Clinton credits Mr. Obama for making a hard choice to go after the terrorist leader. The ad suggests presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would not have approved the risky mission.

“This is the same President who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown,” McCain claims.

“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. No one disputes that the President deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy.”

McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, described Obama as a disaster for American national security — notably taking issue with the Democrat’s administration for refusing (thus far) to arm Syria’s outgunned opposition.

“He watches passively while the Assad regime in Syria, Iran’s closest ally, kills thousands of its own people in an unfair fight, and his response to this mass atrocity is to create an ‘Atrocities Prevention Board.’’

He went on: “With a record like that on national security, it is no wonder why President Obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right into a pathetic political act of self-congratulation.”

Nonetheless, McCain himself took issue with the same Romney quote that’s now being exploited by the Obama campaign back when the two Republicans were vying for their party’s presidential nomination in the 2008 election cycle, Yahoo! News writes.

He told some bloggers that the former Massachusetts governor’s comment showed “a degree of naiveté” and suggested that Romney thought bin Laden was “not an element in the struggle against radical Islam.”

The Senator also aggressively criticized Obama in the 2008 campaign for saying he would order a strike in Pakistan at bin Laden. The two had a testy exchange on the issue at an Oct. 7, 2008 debate.

“Teddy Roosevelt used to say walk softly – talk softly, but carry a big stick. Senator Obama likes to talk loudly. In fact, he said he wants to announce that he’s going to attack Pakistan. Remarkable,” McCain said.

“Look, I want to be very clear about what I said. Nobody called for the invasion of Pakistan. Senator McCain continues to repeat this. What I said was the same thing that the audience here today heard me say, which is, if Pakistan is unable or unwilling to hunt down bin Laden and take him out, then we should,” Obama responded.

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