Romney Visits Firehouse With Giuliani, Says It's "Inappropriate" to Politicize Bin Laden Death

Romney said Obama shouldn't have tried to draw a distinction between them on bin Laden

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    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stopped by a downtown firehouse with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Tuesday afternoon, and told reporters it was "inappropriate" for President Barack Obama to politicize the death of Osama bin Laden. Melissa Russo reports. (Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012)

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stopped by a downtown firehouse with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Tuesday afternoon, and told reporters it was "inappropriate" for President Barack Obama to politicize the death of Osama bin Laden.

    Romney and Giuliani brought pizza and had lunch with firefighters privately before speaking to reporters outside, where Romney acknowledged the anniversary of bin Laden's death.

    He said Obama has a right to talk about the role he had in ordering bin Laden's killing, but said Obama recently went too far.

    The president, without mentioning Romney's name, suggested that the Republican had waffled on whether he would have made the same call to take out bin Laden.

    "I think politicizing it and trying to draw a distinction between himself and myself was an inappropriate use of the very important event that brought America together," Romney said.

    Earlier, Romney met with Giuliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the Upper East Side.

    The billionaire Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent mayor met with Romney at his philanthropic foundation.

    Bloomberg has not said whether he will endorse anyone in the presidential race. He did not back a candidate in 2008.

    A source said the two talked about Bloomberg's top issues, including gun control, the economy and how cities get money from Washington.

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