The six-week Pennsylvania presidential primary drew to a contentious finish Monday as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton invoked images of Pearl Harbor and Osama bin Laden in a TV ad that questioned Sen. Barack Obama's ability to lead in a time of crisis.
As she sought to spark a comeback, Clinton warned voters not to "take a leap of faith or have any guesswork" as they cast ballots today. The Obama campaign accused its rival of employing the "politics of fear."
Newly filed campaign finance statements show that Clinton has $10.3-million in outstanding primary debts but only $9.5-million available to cover them, leaving an $800,000 shortfall at the end of March. Obama, who raised $42-million in March, had $43-million in cash for the coming primaries.
McCAIN opens tour: Sen. John McCain opened a weeklong tour of the nation's "forgotten places" on Monday by acknowledging the challenge he faces in appealing to African-Americans. He delivered a speech near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Birmingham, Ala., recalling the bloody beatings of civil rights marchers there in 1965. His appearance drew about 100 people, most of them white, in a town that is 70 percent black. Other stops on his tour this week include economically stressed Youngstown, Ohio; Appalachia in Kentucky and the 9th Ward of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.