Minnesota politicians at the State Capitol showed bipartisan support for President Obama. Governor Mark Dayton issued the statement:
“The death of Osama Bin Laden is great news. I congratulate President Obama and the American soldiers, who successfully carried out this crucial mission.
As a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, I traveled to Afghanistan in January 2002, just three weeks after American forces had routed the Taliban. There I saw a large warehouse, where all of the American intelligence services had initiated a coordinated effort to locate and eliminate this mastermind of the terrible attacks of 9/11. Finally, over nine years later, they have succeeded.
Since then, over 22,000 heroic Members of the Minnesota National Guard have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world to defeat terrorism and defend freedom. They deserve to share in the pride for this successful mission.
I have instructed Minnesota’s Commissioner of Public Safety Ramona Dohman to redouble our vigilance in the next weeks to assure Minnesotans are fully protected from any repercussions from this incident.”
Wounded combat veteran and State Representative John Kriesel (R-Cottage Grove) tweeted “I won’t listen to people criticizing President Obama today. He showed solid leadership in authorizing this mission. Well done Mr. President.”
Former Republican governor and likely presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said “This is terrific news for freedom and justice. America will never shrink from the fight and ultimately those who seek to harm us face only defeat.”