.@ByronYork in his own words on @MittRomney's OBL position: “Perhaps Romney should watch the tape of the planes hitting the towers again.”
.@ByronYork in his own words on @MittRomney's OBL position: “I can’t imagine any serious Republican candidate for president [saying that]"
.@SenJohnMcCain in his own words on @MittRomney position on OBL: shows "naïveté."
.@MittRomney in his own words on OBL: "It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."
And here is the tape:
LIZ SIDOTI: Why haven’t we caught bin Laden in your opinion?
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I think, I wouldn’t want to over-concentrate on Bin Laden. He’s one of many, many people who are involved in this global Jihadist effort. He’s by no means the only leader. It’s a very diverse group—Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and of course different names throughout the world. It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. It is worth fashioning and executing an effective strategy to defeat global, violent Jihad and I have a plan for doing that.
LIZ SIDOTI: But would the world be safer if bin laden were caught?
GOVERNOR ROMNEY: Yes, but by a small percentage increase—a very insignificant increase in safety by virtue of replacing bin Laden with someone else. Zarqawi—we celebrated the killing of Zarqawi, but he was quickly replaced. Global Jihad is not an effort that is being populated by a handful or even a football stadium full of people. It is—it involves millions of people and is going to require a far more comprehensive strategy than a targeted approach for bin laden or a few of his associates.