Ed Gillespie: Biden's bin Laden Comments ‘Desperate’ Sign

Monday, 30 Apr 2012 09:57 AM

By Martin Gould

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The killing of Osama bin Laden was a “unifying event” for Americans and not something to be turned into a “desperate” presidential campaign issue by Barack Obama, says Mitt Romney’s senior adviser, Ed Gillespie.

And the suggestion that Romney might not have made the same decision to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to carry out the mission is “a bridge too far,” Gillespie told NBC’s David Gregory on Meet the Press.

“This is one of the reasons President Obama has become one of the most divisive presidents in American history,” Gillespie said on Sunday.

“He took something that was a unifying event for all Americans, an event that Gov. Romney congratulated him and the military and the intelligence analysts in our government for completing ... and he's managed to turn it into a divisive, partisan, political attack,” said Gillespie, a former White House counselor to President George W. Bush.

Gillespie pointed out that former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci had called the campaign use of the raid “sad,” while former presidential candidate John McCain said it was “shameful.”

“Most Americans will see it as a sign of a desperate campaign,” he said.

Obama has taken credit for giving the order to kill bin Laden one year ago this week. Last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden in a speech in New York put the raid front and center in the campaign. “Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. You have to ask yourself, if Governor Romney had been President, could he have used the same slogan — in reverse?”

Obama himself, in an unprecedented move, allowed NBC access to the White House Situation Room for an interview to mark the anniversary.

“It's the attack that Governor Romney wouldn't have done it,” that is so wrong, said Gillespie. “I can't envision, having served in the White House, any president having been told, ‘We have him. He's here. Should we go in?’ saying, ‘No, we shouldn't.’ "

Gillespie said there is a difference between the use of bin Laden’s killing and President George W. Bush using 9/11 images during his 2004 re-election bid because that was showing how Bush reacted, not how his rival John Kerry might have reacted. “Had [Obama] said, ‘I'm proud of this,’ people would have said he should be proud of this. We're proud as a country that this happened.

“It's the extra iteration. It's the attack that Gov. Romney wouldn't have done it.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Spain's El Gordo Lottery Splits $3B Between Thousands of Winners

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Spain's El Gordo lottery, the world's biggest lottery, made thousands of people nearly $500,000 richer after the $3 bill . . .

'The Interview' Distributed Eventually, But Lawyer Not Sure How

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:59 PM

"The Interview" will be distributed and Sony Pictures "had no choice" but to delay the movie's release, an attorney for  . . .

Missing Philadelphia Student's Keys Found in Schuylkill River

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:42 PM

The car keys belonging to a missing Philadelphia student were found in the Schuylkill River on Sunday, a family member t . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved