Voters go to the polls today in Pennsylvania after a bruising last day of campaigning in which Hillary Clinton unleashed a particularly harsh attack ad that uses an image of Osama bin Laden. The TV spot shows news footage of Black Thursday, Pearl Harbor, the Berlin Wall and the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks to call into question Barack Obama's ability to lead in a crisis, reports the New York Times.
Clinton's ad is the first by a Democratic candidate to use the image of bin Laden, although Rudy Giuliani and other Republicans have done so. Defending the caustic commercial, Clinton told Larry King last night: "I want people to think seriously about leadership because that’s what I’m offering in this campaign." The Obama camp immediately denounced the ad for using bin Laden "to score political points."