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May 11th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Should Obama use bin Laden's death as part of reelection campaign?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Despite insisting we shouldn't quote "spike the football" when it comes to the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama has apparently decided to include the death of the terrorist leader in the narrative for his reelection campaign. Last night at a fundraising event in Austin, Texas, President Obama talked about his usual campaign topics - the economy, health care, new energy sources - but spent some of his speech talking about killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan 10 days ago.

This was the president's first political speech since bin Laden's death... An audience member at one point shouted out, "Thank you for getting bin Laden."

Political analysts believe bin Laden's death will give the president a fundraising boost. Just as his approval ratings have gotten a nice bounce. But will the magic wear off? And is campaigning about it the right thing to do?

The Obama reelection campaign could point to the bin Laden raid over and over again to promote the president's foreign policy and national security credentials, the very ones that many people had questioned less than two weeks ago. But the president has got to tread lightly here.

In yesterday's speech, he carefully credited the troops and intelligence officers for catching bin Laden. Still, critics of the president say he's taken too much credit for the killing.

Here’s our question: Should President Obama use the death of Osama bin Laden as part of his reelection campaign message?

Here’s my question to you: Should President Obama use the death of Osama bin Laden as part of his reelection campaign message?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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