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
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Larry

    What will Bill say? What will he do?

    September 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Jan From Boca aton, Fl

    Bill Clinton is probably one of the only persons that can help
    Obama win,

    September 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Why is mccain going to be there? Oh yeah to pandar for votes because we know he could care less about the victims especially since he forgot about Osama Bin Laden and voted for the Iraq war which had nothing to do with 911.

    September 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden 100%

    Thank you Pres. Clinton.
    Your knowlege and support will only make future POTUS Obama more effective.
    A CHANGE IS GONNA COME!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Good, Good. Maybe Bill can slide in a few notes about how Obama's position on National Security will work, and McCain's position on national security won't, without mentioning any names.

    September 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    Ok, on Thrursday Americans come together then on Friday Americans continue to be divided.

    ONLY IN AMERICA

    September 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. JAYDEN

    I am a big supporter of this war, we must win no matter how many lives and $ it takes. VOTE MCCAIN so the cause can continue. Thank you America.

    September 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Obama Campaign

    We are pledged to keep America safe and we believe the best way to do that is by electing John McCain...hey, who substituted truth serum for our kool-aid?

    September 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. KATHLEEN

    Thank you Bill Clinton! Your legacy will become more alive now
    than ever! Thank you Hillary. Please Help our Country. We are
    in grave trouble. Can it be fixed?

    Can it be fixed? Really, OUR Soldiers.the debt, the entitlements!

    McCain's double talks. On education, his answer is, YOU CAN
    HAVE A CHOICE ON A BETTER ECUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN.
    CHOOSE A PRIVATE SCHOOL.

    YOU PEOPLE, ARE YOU REALLY HEARING WHAT THIS MAN IS
    SAYING.

    VOTE FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
    AMERICA NEEDS TO BE FIXED. WE ARE IN GRAVE TROUBLE!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Tony

    Instead of talking about national security threats and making this all about them, the candidates and politicians should talk about the victims and their families since 9/11 is really their day.

    September 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. David

    Just a friendly reminder how much the war in Iraq is justified. Our youth of today must defend the United States at all costs. God Bless the United States!

    September 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Lu

    It's about these two meet behind closed doors. Obama needs to take it from someone who was called inexperienced as well and really get in the muck with the Rove/McCain/Schultz team. Yes, issues first. But please show the steel you displayed when under the onslaught of the Clinton machinery.
    Otherwise, we will suffer another four years with the McCain policies extending our endemic crisis both at home and abro

    September 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Proud to be American

    Yeah..... Bill is on board! Now he will support us in our effort to ensure a win!!!!

    Obama and Biden 2008!

    September 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. April Garlow

    I hope Bill tells Obama what an idiot he was for not even vetting Hillary. After the disrespectful way that the Obama camp treated both Bill and Hillary, they want them to help them.Too bad Hillary didn't do what Palin did–stand up to the corruption in her own party. If she had, she would be the real elected nominee, and the Dems could win.Howard Dean convinced her it was better to put the future of the Democratic party ahead of the rights of the voters.

    September 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. CitizenS

    This is the very reason a Repub VP they chose is SCARY. Ok, let's say she is a smart woman but it seems more conniving than smart. More nasty than strategic. She can not possibly think she can be a heartbeat away from the Presidency with no vision, no policy, just say I do and then I don't attitude. That will surely go over well with Russia. President Clinton will set the pace to show how it's done. Now, move on, roll up your sleeves we need all the energy directed at getting out the vote to SAVE this country from the same tactics Bush beat Gore with in 2000. Do you remember? Can you feel the results in your lives today? Obama 08!

    September 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Pam

    No George Bush?? Did McComb-over ask him to stay away?

    September 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I think that's wonderful. I hate the fact that the GOP uses 9/11 in their politics.
    The GOP used the fear generated from the events of 9/11 to frighten voters into electing them in overwhelming numbers to the House and the Senate. This same fear elected Bush the second time.
    OSAMA BIN LADEN IS STILL BREATHING THE FREE AIR!
    And this party that convinced us that they would be tuff on terror has left this country open to more attacks. We have not gotten the security that the GOP had promised and it is time to remove this failure from office

    DEMOCRATS '08 AND FOREVER!

    September 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. McCain+Palin = Bush+Cheney

    Should be interesting to watch that one. McCain doesn't have a viable foreign policy that will actually work with abroad. He is THE worst diplomat I have ever seen. George Bush may actually come in 2nd to McCain.

    September 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Kiah G.

    Oh nice another useless "Unity" event that won't help Obama in any way shape or form.

    September 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Em

    Good for them. Nice that they can rise above the vicious pettiness that's flying around from extremes of both camps.

    September 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Deb

    Good. We need Bill Clinton out campaigning for us. We need him to talk about the economy.

    September 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. E.C.Coleman

    Nice Gesture.... if they are cordial, greet each other and speak!

    September 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. inuk from the north

    A really grim reminder that America has enemies – past, present and future.

    Diplomacy works with like-minded democracies, but not with totalitarian, fascist or extremist regimes. Appeasement only emboldens the wicked. To them it smells like weakness.

    September 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. tedious898

    Great ....4 more years of the same.. And the added benefit....4 years of McCain POW stories.

    September 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Deborah

    I'm pleased to hear that Former President Clinton will be there.

    Obama is a flash in the Pan about to join Kerry as the "Most Liberal Candidate that didn't make it."

    McCain/Palin-08 in a Landslide!

    September 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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