Posting ID : B1008524067
Date Posted : 2012-05-01
Category : Politics
The original quote came form an April 2007 interview with the Associated Press. Romney said in that interview he backs a broad strategy to defeat Islamic jihadists and that it's "not worth moving heaven and earth" for one person. Romney said catching bin Laden would make the country safer by a "small percentage" -- he added, a "very insignificant increase in safety." Romney's arguement was that somebody else would replace bin Laden at the helm of Al Qaeda.
"Of course we get Usama bin Laden and track him whereever he has to go, and make sure he pays for the outrage he exacted upon America," Romney said.
Asked if that meant moving heaven and earth, Romney said: "We'll move everything to get him. But I don't want to buy into the democrtaic pitch that this is all about one person. ... It's more than Usama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die."
Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs, speaking Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," conceded that Romney might hold a different position than his "heaven-and-earth" quote implied, though he made no reference to Romney's 2007 debate comments.
"Maybe the comments he made a few years ago he admits are wrong, or he's flip-flopped on yet another issue," Gibbs said Sunday.
Gibbs described the message in the latest Obama campaign web video as "fair game," and continued to question whether Romney would have approved the mission.
In that video, Bill Clinton praises Obama for his leadership in reviewing and approving the bin Laden raid, wich was carried out nearly one year ago. The video then turns to the Romney quote and questions whether he would have shown the same leadership.