NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney hit back at President Barack Obama on Tuesday over claims he might not have ordered the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
During an interview with CBS's "This Morning," the Republican presidential front-runner said he was "disappointed" that the issue became political.
"I think them taking credit for the right decision is entirely appropriate. I think trying to attack me on that basis is disappointing and the wrong course," Romney said.
Bin Laden's death became a focal point in the presidential race as its one-year anniversary approached.
The former Massachusetts governor also was asked about a commercial featuring former President Bill Clinton praising Obama's decision to order a US Navy SEAL team into bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May last year.
The commercial quotes Romney from his first run for president, when during a 2007 interview he said it was "not worth moving heaven and Earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."
Romney added, "Of course the right course was to assassinate, execute Osama bin Laden, and that is precisely what happened, and I congratulate the president for doing so. And I am confident and that of course I would have taken exactly the same decision. Any thinking American would have ordered exactly the same thing."
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