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Mullen Worried Bin Laden Death Will Be 'Spun into Election Politics'

11:07 PM, Apr 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen tells NBC that he's worried the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden will now be "spun into election politics" this "political season."

"Well, I worry about it, just because it's the political season," Mullen says. "And from my perspective, the president's support, the decision that he made, and obviously, the result stand alone in terms of the kind of call presidents have to make and he made it. I do worry a great deal that this time of year that somehow this gets spun into election politics. I can assure you that those individuals who risk their lives--the last thing in the world that they want is to be spun into that. So I'm hoping that that doesn't happen." 

Mullen's comments come on the same day President Obama reiterated his claim that his election rival, Republican Mitt Romney, would not have made the decision to kill bin Laden, if he were president of the United States at the time.

Navy SEALS killed bin Laden in a Pakistan safe house exactly one year ago.

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