Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama deserves credit for authorizing the military operation that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death.
Before starting a round-table discussion with New Hampshire business owners Tuesday, Romney thanked Obama, U.S. military forces and the intelligence community for finding and killing the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The former Massachusetts governor related that victory to the business owners, saying helping small businesses succeed boosts the economy and means more money to pay for the nation's defense.
Romney ran for president in 2008 but eventually lost the GOP nomination to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Bin Laden was shot to death by a team of Navy SEALs early Monday in Pakistan.