Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said on Monday that "of course" he would have ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden, pushing back after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign raised questions about Romney's willingness to assassinate the former terrorist leader.
With the Americans remembering the anniversary of the Obama authorised US military raid in Pakistan that ended with bin Laden's death, campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said on Sunday that it was unclear whether Romney would have made the same decision as Obama.
"Look, just a few years ago, President Obama -- then a candidate -- said in a speech that if we had actionable intelligence of a high-value target in Pakistan, we'd go in and get that high value target," Gibbs said on NBC's Meet The Press.
"Mitt Romney said that was foolish. He wouldn't do such a thing. That he wouldn't move heaven and earth to get Osama bin Laden."
Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire today, Romney said he would have made the same decision.
"Of course. Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order," Romney said.
Many Americans remember Carter's foreign policy record as weak, primarily because of his inability to win the release of the Americans who were taken hostage in Iran and held for 444 days during his 1977-81 presidency.
Romney has scheduled an appearance tomorrow in New York City with firefighters and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to mark the anniversary of the killing of bin Laden, who was responsible for the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.