September 6th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Obama plan to honor 9/11 victims together

The first beam for the 9/11 memorial was raised into place at Ground Zero last week.

The first beam for the 9/11 memorial was raised into place at Ground Zero last week.

(CNN)—The party attacks will be set aside Thursday, as Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain plan to make a joint visit to Ground Zero in honor of the seventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

“All of us came together on 9/11 – not as Democrats or Republicans – but as Americans. In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils – we were united as one American family," Obama and McCain said in a joint statement Saturday. "On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We will also give thanks for the firefighters, police, and emergency responders who set a heroic example of selfless service, and for the men and women who serve today in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania."

The campaigns said Saturday, more details will be announced soon

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Independent Voter

    9/11 would seem to be a photo opp for Mr. McCain and his new side kick. Apparently Obama, who has ZERO creds in war, in peace and pretty much every area other than public speaking, needs to find some way, any way, to link himself with this event.

    Solution? Attach yourself to McCain and act like you're both really concerned. Any way to get your face in there, right Barack?

    September 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. want answers

    Palin's ties to the AIP, including a video of her addressing the 2008 AIP Convention in Fairbanks go to

    why would any support a person for Vice President of United States of America (or any other office for that matter) that supports succession from the U.S.

    If she gets in the white house we may become 49 states and not 50

    September 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Wes

    Why don't we come together and find the truth about 9/11??

    September 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Kevin from Florida

    Oh really?? From the republican convention I saw I thought 9/11 was a republican thing. I mean they sure did take ownership of it for political points.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. gene

    Too bad it takes a terrorist attack on our country to bring the two sides together to work cooperatively. Otherwise it's nothing but bickering.

    I know this may be in bad taste.. but maybe Bill Ayers had a point to his madness.

    September 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Hopefully they can make Palin keep her lying mouth shut for a day.

    September 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. American

    As it should be...Americans died that day...not members of political parties.

    September 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. AM from Eugene Oregon

    Glad to hear you both are putting the crap aside. Hey is anybody noticting what is going on over in Eastern Europe?????? Dick Cheney and Rice are over there manipulating the next war!! Our political drama is mezmorizing us with lamaze like fixiation (myself included) away from the Warmonger Cowboy admin while they create problems for the October surprise. Dont be fooled these people want to stay in power with McCain/Palin stepping into their legacy to start another oil war.....with the international oil resource communities and with our own domestic community. The only way to get the oil is to divide countries and our nation!!!!

    September 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. California Girl

    Thats it we have to be together and remember the innocent live of people that lsot their lives in a tragic, horrible way By those insane people. Trust me ill be watching from CALI

    September 6, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Shane

    cnn please post. Since i could not comment on cafferty file, just wanted to let the cafferty family know that we are saddened of his loss. married to her for 35 years. my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time

    September 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Brian

    Finally a couple of men who understand that we are Americans and the focus should be on uniting us. They have made this an election not a mud slinging contest. I am proud of both of them. We are lucky that both are in this race.

    September 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Stan

    That's what our country needs....politicians finally working together as Americans, instead of partisan politics. Let's hope they continue to do this after the election.

    September 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Ken

    One would think that our government could put aside the party and work for the American people!

    Before I thought that the government did work together for the American people, but now I see it that each party has their own agenda and it is NOT for the American people.

    I am really getting tired of this government not working together. The 109 congress was bad enough, but now the 110 congress was even worse, thinking of only their party and NOT the American people.

    September 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Chris W

    If only we could do away with the petty squabbling the other 364 days.

    September 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Patrick Hunt

    A joint visit sounds more appropriate than the exploitation video on 9/11 shown at the RNC.

    Do President Bush and his female equivalent, Sarah Palin, have plans for public appearances on this day?

    September 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Reba


    September 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Linda Cralle from KC

    I don't know how Obama and Biden are going to be able to stomach standing next to that pretty attack dog with lipstick, Sarah Palin who, in my opinion, showed how a Christian is NOT supposed to act.

    September 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Silence Dogood

    Nice thought. Don't trust Obama – he will put in some dig or side comment. Like campaigning on federal property: rules don't apply to him.

    September 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Debby

    Good for them this is American unity vs. the crap I have been reading on these blogs. CNN with your ratings next to last from the Poll of Polls as you put it, you should really considering getting new political pundits because they certainly aren't journalists.

    September 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. James M.

    Independent the people who died in 9/11 soldiers? I didn't think so. I think every American as well as non-American who had ties to America has been deeply effected by this very sad day. I think your misguided hatred should be contained. Mr Obama and Mr McCain both agreed to this "cease-fire" and it is commendable on both their parts.

    September 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Kenton Sallee

    This is a great idea. It will be helpful for both campaigns to put the trench warfare on hold and show true bipartisanship.

    September 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. joyce

    wonderful if only

    September 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. MLH

    This is nice and appropriate. It would have even more meaning of the events of 9/11 had not been used at a political convention as a method of suggesting that one party had the lock on handling national safety.

    September 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. John 64 years old Independent

    Yes all of us came together after 9/11 and then the republicans used this event to consolidate power and to abuse the constitution.

    Osama bin Laden is still out there since the Bush/McCain gang were only after oil instead of "justice".

    And if you think things will change with a McCain/Silly Sarah administration goggle Anne Kilkinney and read about the real Sarah

    I keep getting censored on here, I guess CNN management doesn't want the truth out there!

    September 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. American For Real Change

    AM from Eugene; Very in appropriate comment! You just showed the rest of us your stupidity.

    Now back to CNN's post. Both candidates need to unite as do the rest of American when it comes to September 11, 2001. That day changed the life of millions of Americans and it changed America! Remember Dems, the terrorist attacked America not the Democrats or Republicans.

    September 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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