September 8th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
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Bill Clinton to join McCain, Obama at Ground Zero on 9/11

Bill Clinton will attend the September 11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, Thursday.
Bill Clinton will attend the September 11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, Thursday.

(CNN) – Bill Clinton will join Barack Obama and John McCain in visiting Ground Zero this Thursday in memory of the victims of September 11, and deliver a speech focused on national security threats.

“But just as we reflect on the past, we must look ahead to ensure we are doing all we can to support families, unite our communities, and protect our country from future acts of terrorism," said the former president in a statement released by his office.

The McCain and Obama campaigns released a joint statement over the weekend announcing that both men will appear together in New York to mark the seventh anniversary of the attacks. The campaigns have also pledged to abstain from all negative campaign ads on that day.

Also Thursday, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will meet at the former president's Harlem offices - their first extended in-person encounter since the tense primary season.

(UPDATED to clarify McCain and Obama are visiting Ground Zero Thursday, but will not be at the memorial ceremony.)


Filed under: 9/11 • Bill Clinton • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. independent now

    why with all the money obama has, does he need all these peoples help?Mccain is neck and neck with him, dosent have nearly the support that obama has and in some polls he is winning. Obama just cant close the deal on his own! Pitiful

    September 8, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Carol

    What are the Dems paying Bill ( or promising) him to get him to show up along side of Obama? Must be something really BIG ! I don't believe a matter of a few weeks is enough to turn around a bitter defeat to the Clintons. Kind of makes. Some changes are changes we CANNOT LIVE WITH. Four years are a very long time to suffer changes we won't like. This is NOT the time for "on the job" training. We cannot let obama talk his way tomaking us a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. We fought long and hard for our independance.

    September 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Swing vote

    WOW! Now Obama wants the Clintons help after Democrat disrespected Hillary and Obama so desperate to win. What a jerk. I would rather have a war President than a corrupt and muslim President in the White House......Obama done nothing, nada, kaput, just cry, cry, cry like a baby and it sounds like he always chewed up the audience when he is talking. And why is Obama is going to the ground zero 9/11/08 he did not even support the war. Oh! I know! Duh! he needs Bill Clinton's help. WA! WA! WA! WA! I want Bill and Hillary.
    "GO McCPALIN POWER" '08.

    September 8, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Rob

    Will both Barack and McCain blame bill for 9/11? Is Bill finally going to accept responsibility for permitting the dysfunction in government that enabled the terrorist attacks? I wonder if Barack even realizes that it's Bill's fault? Probably not unless one of his speech writers told him so...

    September 8, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. One of the 33 1/3% Who Will NEVER Vote for Obama!

    Bill, you owe that racist, race-card playing, misogynist FREAK and his spooky followers NOTHING, and you owe the traitor Democratic Party NOTHING

    Let him fall on his race-card playing face all by himself – let his – LOL – "Brilliant" VP pick be his attack dog – that is the usual job for a VP pick – why should Hillary knock herself out for the Phoney Messiah?

    Hillary has my vote in 2012

    The only way she'll get it is if the media-blessed Messiah loses – he seems to be doing a good job of that so far – Of course, when he DOES lose, he'll no doubt blame it on the Clintons or "racism"

    LOL – good thing "His Lordship" has already played out the race card, so he can't POSSIBLY blame it on racism – though, no doubt, his rabid chanting looney followers will try – they may even riot – good thing they only always stupidly loot and burn down their OWN neighborhoods............LOL – Obozo's followers are SO Educated.......! ROFLMAO

    Obozo is forgetting one thing – SEXISM is getting more tired than RACISM – especially when "RACISM!" is being cried by someone who attended a RACIST church for 20 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And his fat girlfriend Oprah ALSO attended that SAME racist ANTI-AMERICAN CHURCH and his disgusting RACIST wife wrote an anti-American hate-filled thesis while admitting she attended Princeton due to Affirmative Action!

    Women are TIRED of SEXISM – STOP ATTACKING SARAH

    ....On second thought, KEEP attacking her, "Sweetie"

    Oh, Bam, Bam, you are SUCH a – um – uh – um – duh CLOWN without your teleprompter!

    I HAFTA wonder how well you would, um, uh, um, duh, do if YOURS ever failed

    NOT NEARLY AS WELL AS SARAH, I BET :)

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. STRONG REPUBLICAN

    MANY PEOPLE NEED TO GO AND STUDY HISTORY ESPECIALLY THE CLINTON YEARS. HISTORY DOES NOT LIE. FACTUAL INFO FOR YOUR INFO.

    September 8, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. REPUBLICAN HYPROCRISY V1.01

    ROLE MODEL #1:

    Jamie Lynn Spears was savaged by the far rabid right religious fascists. She was pregnant at 16, and later married. She was presented as the poster child of “moral decay” in America. Her mother Lynn Spears was not spoken of very kindly either.

    ROLE MODEL #2:

    Stay with me while I outline a hypothetical situation. A 17 year old teenager will marry in November, 6 months pregnant after ignoring lifelong teachings of "abstinence only" as teenage birth control. The wedding will take place in the Rose Garden and hosted by Bush complete with helicopters hovering just outside the White House no fly zone. Sometime in December the little “blessing” will arrive, perhaps vying for the first New’s Year’s baby. Now, I can only imagine the paparazzi mob scene next May when the mother actually graduates from high school and the price of the resultant shots of her in Senior ‘09 regalia. What would the rabid right say about the hypothetical mother in this case?

    So, to recap. For those of you out there that do not understand the definition of Republican hypocrisy, please reread the first two paragraphs until you figure it out.

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. LA

    This year (again)..the Democrats are proving to be stupid. And sadly, I'm a Democrat. Our only hope is for Governor Palin to fair badly in interviews and debates. If that does not happen, then Senator Obama will be suffering greatly from the "Oh, man, I shoulda" syndrome...as in shoulda chosen HRC for VP. If fhe people REALLY matter, Senator Obama, then a VP choice for you should've been a
    no-brainer: Clinton. Since Palin came on the scene, you are waaay off your game. Defensive is not becoming of you. So here's the question: are you gonna TAKE BACK THE PARTY...or are you gonna fade off into the sunset? You were a wimp for not making a "smart" choice in HRC for VP...and now we Dems are paying for it. Thanks a lot! Grow some. (on your own)..or better luck next time for ALL of us Dems. You really got game or not??? If you can still step back and make a "3," then show some humilty and flat out tell our party that you NEED the Clintons (especially HRC) to get you where you/we want and need to be: LEADERS! Real leaders for a truly Democratic future. Let's get it on!

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. BEST MAN

    Than God this is a free world and everyone has their right to an opinion.

    September 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Swing vote

    WOW! Now Obama wants the Clintons help after Democrat disrespected Hillary and Obama so desperate to win. What a jerk. I would rather have a war President than a corrupt and muslim President in the White House……Obama done nothing, nada, kaput, just cry, cry, cry like a baby and it sounds like he always chewed out the audience when he is talking. And why Obama is going to the ground zero 9/11/08 he did not even support the war. Oh! I know! Duh! he needs Bill Clinton's help. WA! WA! WA! WA! I want Bill and Hillary. Hillary supporters are for" McCPALIN POWER" '08.

    September 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. what you dont say is

    all of you Palin/McCain supporters...were no of you disgusted by the RNC exploiting 911 during their convention? i guess not, reading all of your hateful post it is easy to see the type of people who support McCain....it is so sad, the fact is many of you must not care to much about our Nation

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Ralph Clark

    The Democrats will have to get the Republican's definition of 'what a day means'. Otherwise the Republicans claims of 'being the defenders of the the security, the faith, and the morality and attackers of EVIL – will appear in attack ads as Obama is climbing into his limo. Remember the cone of silence. McCain has no honour. When he says he respects his opponents he hashis his team mock them! ....and when he falsely claimed that he would run a clean campaign he appears to have flat out lied. Maybe I'm being unfair to him. He may actually be sleeping by 7:30 PM each night and does not realize his attack dogs are presenting this political crap in his name.

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Penn Voter

    Tell him to stuff it Bill !!!

    September 8, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Strang

    WHY IS THIS COMMENT STILL OPEN AFTER ALMOST 10 HRS. ANYTIME THE CLINTONS COME ON TV IN OUR HOUSE THE CHANEL IS TURNED OFF.

    September 8, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. ALABAMA GIRL

    GUESS BILL'S EGO NEEDS TO BE BOOSTED HE JUST LOVES THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC ATTENTION. THEY DO NOT CHANGE OUR MINDS OR INFLUENCE US. WE KNOW WHO THE LEADERS ARE. CERTAINLY NOT THE CLINTONS.

    September 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Saxphone's

    Maybe Bill is going to play some music for us at the ceremony.

    September 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Elva

    I love Bill Clinton. I wish he could run again. He got this country out of debt and the American people was doing great. Now, we are in a mess. The Republican Party know what they have done to this country, but I think they really don't care. As far as Pilan, she put herself in this position, when she said yes for VP. Her children are NOT off limits. She is no better than Hillary's daughter, George Bush's daughter, or anyone else. People need to stop guarding her as if she is super women. She have a special need child, plus her daughter is expecting a baby. Who ever think differently, men are not here on this earth to take care children. They are here to HELP. Children need both parents, but need their mother more. IF you DON't know what a special need child needs, PLEASE READ. People need to READ and STOP getting excited. McCain and Pilan constantly lie. Read their record. McCain talked about Obama and his past pastor, but no one talks about McCain and his links to McKeating issues. McCain been in Washington for 30 years or more. What has he done. Not to much, if you look at this country the way it is TODAY. Why didn't he make a change. If Obama was white, he would not have this problem of people saying that don' t know who he is. Because he and his father went to Harvard, now they want to say, he is Uppidy. Bull. If Obama is Uppidy, then McCain must be "Suddity." McCain has more money than Obama, plus he got engaged while he was married to his first wife. Can we really TRUST a man who would do this to his wife after she was in a car accident. I am sick of the media not talking about this. Also, McCain is NOT the ONLY person who was captured. Because he was captured, DOES NOT MAKE HIM CAPABLE OF BEING A PRESIDENT.

    September 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Colo Sprgs, CO

    Bill is a former president and a power player in the Democratic coalition, show a little respect! He deserves to be there.

    September 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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