Romney accuses Obama of politicizing Osama bin Laden's death
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney marked the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death Tuesday with a visit to New York, where he accused President Barack Obama of using the terrorist leader's killing for political gain.
Romney appeared with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a downtown fire station, delivering pizza to a crew that lost 11 firefighters in the 9/11 attacks. At one point, an Occupy Wall Street protester emerged from the crowd and began calling Romney a racist, according to online accounts.
Obama has touted the death of bin Laden as a crowning achievement of his national security policy. His campaign has tried to raise doubts about whether Romney would have made the same decision to send a team into Pakistan to kill bin Laden.
"I think it was very disappointing for the president to make this a political item by suggesting that I wouldn't have ordered such a raid. Of course I would have," Romney said.
Both sides are engaging in brutal campaign tactics to try to get a leg up on the other in a race that is already close.
Where Romney lags Obama is on personal likability: A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 56% liked Obama, compared to Romney's 35%. Romney's wife, Ann, has attempted to counteract that number.
"He's funny," she said in a CBS interview. "There's a wild and crazy man inside of him ... just waiting to come out."