Liberal commentator and online media entrepreneur Arianna Huffington appeared on CBS “This Morning” Monday, where she took a surprising stance on the so-called “spiking the football” ad focusing on the death of Osama bin Laden, released by the Obama campaign over the weekend.
“I agree with the Romney campaign, that using the Osama bin Laden assassination, killing, the great news that we had a year ago, in order to say basically that Obama did it and Romney might not have done it … .I don’t think there should be an ad about that,” Huffington told the panel, going on to say that she was not opposed to media coverage of the terrorist’s capture and death, “But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”
The Obama campaign video in question features former President Bill Clinton applauding President Obama for the death of Osama bin Laden.
“That’s one thing that George Bush said that was right,” Clinton humbly opens the video with. “The president is the ‘decider-in-chief’, nobody can make that decision for you” Clinton says, as the video cuts between photos from within the situation room on that iconic day last May. Clinton says Obama took “the harder and more honorable path, that, in my opinion, produced the best result.“ The video than cuts to a screen that reads ”which path would Mitt Romney have taken?” followed by quotes from Romney insinuating that he would not have made the same call as President Obama.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, top Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie called the video and allegation a ”divisive, partisan, political attack.”
“I think most Americans will see it as the sign of a desperate campaign,” he continued.
On Monday, Huffington went on to compare the controversial video to the “3 a.m. call” ad released by Hillary Clinton attacking then candidate Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign.
Huffington said such ads make “politicians and political leaders act irrationally when it comes to matters of war because they’re so afraid to be called wimps, that they make decisions, which are incredible destructive for the country.”
“I’m sure the president would not have escalated in Afghanistan if he was not as concerned, as Democrats are, that Republicans are going to use not escalating against him in a campaign,” she said.