On a campaign stop in Florida, Senator John Kerry who is mentioned in the bin Laden tape, made a brief statement.
“In response to this tape of Osama bin Laden, let me make it clear, crystal clear, as Americans, we are absolutely united in our determination to hunt down and destroy Osama bin Laden and the terrorists. They are barbarians and I will stop at absolutely nothing to hunt down and capture or kill the terrorists wherever they are, whatever it takes. Period.” It is not immediately clear what impact the tape will have on the US election in four days time. With the candidates still neck and neck in the polls, some analysts say it could work in the Republicans favour by rallying support behind the president. Others, however, suggest it will only serve to underline the Bush administration’s failure to capture Osama bin Laden.