Romney: 'Of course' I would have given order to kill bin Laden

Mitt Romney rejected the assertion from President Obama's campaign that he would not have ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden, saying "of course" would have made the same decision had he been in the White House.

"Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order," Romney said Monday before a New Hampshire campaign event, according to multiple media reports.

Last week, the Obama campaign released a video marking the first anniversary of the mission into Pakistan that killed the al Qaeda leader. In the video, former President Clinton heralds Obama's decision-making, and the ad suggests Romney might not have made the same decision.

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On Sunday, former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told Fox News he didn't "think it's clear that [Romney] would" have ordered the mission.

"Osama bin Laden no longer walks on this planet today because of that brave decision and the brave actions by the men and women in our military — and quite frankly Mitt Romney said it was a foolish thing to do a few years ago," Gibbs said. "Maybe the comments he made a few years ago he admits are wrong, or he's flip-flopped on yet another issue."

In 2007, Romney said, "It's not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person." The Obama campaign has seized upon that remark.

During the same press scrum, Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said there were "19 or 20" names under consideration as potential running mates for Romney.

"I know that the bowl has about 19 or 20 little folded pieces of paper in it, and they keep shaking the bowl," Sununu said, according to CNN.

One such candidate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), introduced Romney on Monday, but Sununu said she could be at a disadvantage because she is also from a northern state.

Sununu also predicted Romney would carry the state by "3 or 4 points" in November, despite currently trailing President Obama by 9 points, according to the latest polls.