The Obama campaign is out with a new web advertisement that both extols President Obama’s handling of the raid that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden and lashes out at Mitt Romney for his past statements regarding the former al Qaeda chief.
The video, entitled “One Chance,” opens with former President Bill Clinton talking about the risks Obama took in authorizing the raid. “He took the harder and the more honorable path and the one that produced, in my opinion, the best result,” Clinton says.
The video then cuts to a question: “Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?” It later puts up a quote, read by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, that Romney made in 2007 regarding bin Laden: “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
The one-year anniversary of the raid is May 2.
The Romney campaign responded Friday that Romney had praised the president, the military and intelligence forces following the raid, and in a statement from spokesperson Andrea Saul, said it was "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." She did not address the issue of his earlier comments.
The Obama camp has been fending off an ad released earlier this week by American Crossroads, the group co-founded by Karl Rove, which hits the president on his "celebrity" status. The ad, called "Cool" mocks Obama's appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, and slams the president for what the group says are his failed policies.
Lara Seligman contributed