Romney tells Obama to back off on bin Laden issue

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FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz. President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden a year ago, and his use of it as a campaign issue now. He is questioning whether rival Mitt Romney would have made the same decision in targeting the al-Qaida leader. Romney says he would.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama to not let the killing of Osama bin Laden become a "politically divisive event."

Romney says Obama can rightfully take credit for bin Laden's downfall. But he says it was "very disappointing for the president to try to make this a political item" by suggesting he wouldn't have ordered the raid, saying, "Of course I would have."

Romney tells "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that he and Obama have plenty of issues to fight over without parting company on anti-terrorism strategy.

Without mentioning Romney's name, Obama suggested the former Massachusetts governor had waffled on whether he would have taken out bin Laden.

Romney says, "I think trying to attack me on that basis is inappropriate and the wrong course."

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