2012 Hopefuls Cheer Osama's Demise

Palin, Trump, and other favorites weigh in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2011 11:33 AM CDT
Osama bin Laden's Death Prompts Praise From 2012 Would-Be GOP Candidates Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, More
In this Feb. 4, 2011 file photo, former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.   (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, File)

(Newser) – Despite the fact that Osama bin Laden's death means a popularity boost for the man they'd be up against, potential Republican presidential candidates are of course reacting positively to the news. Politico offers a roundup:

  • Sarah Palin: "Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring bin Laden to justice."
  • Donald Trump: "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job well done. ... I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the American flag in celebration of this great victory."

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  • Tim Pawlenty: "This is terrific news for freedom and justice. In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush promised that America would bring Osama bin Laden to justice—and we did. I want to congratulate America's armed forces and President Obama for a job well done."
  • Rick Santorum: "This is extraordinary news for all freedom loving people of the world, and I commend all those involved for this historic triumph. Americans have waited nearly ten years for the news of Osama bin Laden's death."
Click to read Mike Huckabee's spirited, can't-be-missed reaction. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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