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Fact Check: Biden on bin Laden

This is what Romney said about bin Laden in a 2007 interview with the Associated Press:  "It's not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person."

But Biden has ignored the rest of the interview, which the AP quoted him as saying was that: “Instead, he said he supports a broader strategy to defeat the Islamic jihad movement.”

Romney also clarified his remarks in an MSNBC debate a few days later:

MODERATOR: "Can we move heaven and earth to do it?"

ROMNEY: "We'll move everything to get him. But I don't want to buy into the Democratic pitch that this is all about one person — Osama bin Laden — because after we get him, there's going to be another and another. This is about Shia and Sunni. This is about Hezbollah and Hamas and al Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a worldwide jihadist effort to try and cause the collapse of all moderate Islamic governments and replace them with a caliphate.

"They ultimately want to bring down the United States of America.

"This is a global effort we're going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It's more than Osama bin Laden.

"But he is going to pay, and he will die."

Glenn Kessler has reported on domestic and foreign policy for more than three decades. He would like your help in keeping an eye on public figures. Send him statements to fact check by emailing him, tweeting at him, or sending him a message on Facebook.



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