AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2012 9:36 PM

Even death doesn't keep political heroes away from party conventions.

Ronald Reagan, Edward M. Kennedy and Geraldine Ferraro — they've all made video appearances at either the Democratic or Republican conventions. Their images — captured in the years of their political glory — rekindle warm memories and stir political passions. The videos are part of the toolkit that both parties use to rouse their supporters and encourage voters to get to the polls.

It turns out that dead villains have a place at the convention, too. Terror leader Osama bin Laden, for instance. He's been mentioned numerous times at the Democratic convention to show that President Barack Obama is tough on terrorists and national security. His image even flashed briefly during a video about his killing.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, turning the tables on a Republican criticism of Obama, drew cheers Thursday by suggesting that the now-dead bin Laden be asked if he's better off now than he was four years ago.

— Terence Hunt — Twitter


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