September 8th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Leslie

    WHY IS MCCAIN IN NEW YORK??? SHOULDN'T HE BE IN AFGANISTAN CHASING BIN LADIN TO THE GATES OF HELL????
    WHAT A JOKE. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE URGED BUSH TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ IF HE WAS SO INTERESTED IN BIN LADIN. BUT FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND HE WANTED TO ATTACK IRAN AND SYRIA AS WELL. IF HE IS ELECTED WE WILL BE IN IRAN NEXT.

    WORLD WAR III – HERE WE COME!

    NO WAY
    NO HOW
    NO WARMONGER MCCAIN!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Terry

    It does seem strange that over 3,000 Americans die on 9/11 and no seeking revenge for their deaths. Why isn't there an out cry over the lack of justice not being sought? Does it have to with greed? What? Please someone share with me your insights.

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. L MIAMI, FLORIDA

    OLD GRANPA MAC ==== UNFIT TO COMMAND !

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. debkansas

    I don't understand why now after 16 months of Obama saying that Hillary is more of the same. Obama has nothing but distant himself from Bill Clinton during the campaign, and now his tugging on their coat tales, crying, please help me, I need you now. What a joke Obama is turning out to be.

    Hillary Clinton should have been the democratic nominee and we wouldn't be in this terribly mess that the DNC has caused. Hillary was the stronger and smarter nominee. DNC has stuck us this crying for help Obama. Wrong selection, so I guess we will lose again.

    September 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Thomas NY, NY

    The Clinton who needs to be there is Hillary.

    September 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. dan

    Why is Clinton going to speak? Is he going to tell us how while president he was made aware of a possible up coming attack on NYC and did nothing to look into it. I think him conducting the speech is an insult. It should be Ex Mayor Giuliani, who should conduct the speech.

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Doc, VA

    McCain the American People are tired of paying for this unjust war. How about you Pay the SURGE Charge, My Friend!

    MC-Bush America is still waiting for Osama Bin Laden to be a Guest on your Show,7 years or 2,555 Days and still waiting .
    You can not find him?
    Let me give you a little hint he is not in Iraq!

    Obama & Biden ‘08
    Hillary & Warner ‘16
    McCain 88, Hitting & Holding ‘24

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. None of the above

    You Obama supporters are such hypocrites. For the last several weeks all that was posted was Clintons are done, go home, you time has past, etc.

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. scooter

    Funny how all you clinton bashers love him now that you are in need.

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Thomas NY, NY

    Can I pull an Obama and just announce that I'm "present" rather than take a stance on this article?

    September 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. William, from Cali!

    So now they want us to believe that they are really concerned about our security...........but they want to pull out of Iraq, they can't secure our borders, and they want to leave all that oil money to our enemies............yeah, right! You know who "they" are, and so do they!

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Ridgeway

    Obama goes to honor his fallen Muslim pilot brothers. Clinton goes to make a cross out of rocks and pretend like he cares.

    September 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Lone Star Wolf

    YOU GO BILL. YOU AND HILLARY. If this is the direction you will follow then this backer of yours will back you no more. I am calling on all you Hillary followers remember what went on in the primaries. Don't be foolish even if Hillary will be by backing Obama. I WILL NOT CAST MY VOTE FOR THIS UNFIT MAN.

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Annie

    Anybody out there offended that the Republicans put the destruction of the twin towers on a huge screen during their convention? McCain has to be there to make sure the message gets to us all – be scared, folks, be really scared. But what has his party done since 9/11 to make us safer. NOTHING. Oh, excuse me, strip searches at our airports. That'll keep a dirty bomb from coming across the open borders.

    September 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Anna

    Bill Clinton was the BEST DEMOCRATIC LEADER THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN SINCE FDR!!!!!

    Don't Mess with Bill!

    September 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. HAWK, TEXAS

    I SEE THAT THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF BRAINWASHED REPUBLICAN FOOLS OUT THERE.

    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Saddam Hussein did not attack our country on 9/11/01. It was perpetrated and masterminded by Osama bin-Laden and al-queda. Just as we lost thousands of innocent civilians of all walks of life that day......so have the Iraqii people during this war.

    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Redhead from Toronto

    To: Rodham Democrat – Now that's what I call "Putting your Country First". Bravo.

    September 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    Bill know what's up! Who cares if people don't like Bill. If it helps Obama to meet with him, then that's what he needs to do. We are not going to lose this election. Plus, the Dems always come together when we need too. We have good hearts. Unity is the number one key. Just look at the difference in the conventions. REMEMBER, Minorities is moving towards the Majority.
    Wow, I wonder do McCain/Paline understands that there is more then Blue collar americans out here in AMERICA? If they think they can win on just blue collar then good luck....
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Soldiers For Obama

    Active Duty Soldiers AGAINST McCain

    We deserve competent leadership

    We are being deployed multiple times and risking our lives for Bush's greed.

    McCain has promised us 100 more years of war and unnecessary death.

    McCain CANNOT have our children!

    We deserve competent and judicial leadership.

    Most troops have more education and more experience than Palin.

    SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, and MARINES are voting for OBAMA because we want to see CHANGE.

    We glady leave our families every year to deploy to hostile shores. We want to do so for a good reason. Not for greed or oil.

    We live below the poverty line and my family receives food stamps.

    While I go off to fight Bush's illegal war.

    We DESERVE competent leadership!

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. B

    Some people are attracted to a Palin ticket because they are hurting in the present and believe a Maverick / Evangelical candidates will stop their pain now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter and newborn) is sure to have a psychological impact on her and the family.

    It would depend in great if America wants to move on from the Cheney / Rove years.

    I hope McCain, 72, will retire finally

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Stay away

    Its shameful to give this event any Political face.

    Infact, all Politicians should stay away from Ground Zero.

    September 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. HAWK, TEXAS

    to all the people blaming bill clinton for 911 you remember clinton wanted to go after bin laden, but the republican controlled congress would not let him. you want to blame someone. blame bush. he was warned but refused to take the warning serously. bush let 911 happen, read your history if you are not too brainwashed to read.

    September 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. aware

    A has been, Clinton, a follower, Obama, and a leader, McCain! :)

    The Clintons lost their credibility when they propped up the loser the media and the DNC selected! The democrats will not reach the Oval Office for many, many years if ever!

    Obama is on a road to nowhere and Hillay no longer has any hope for 2012 or 2016!

    McCain/Palin 08 for reform with authenticity and integrity! :)

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Rob

    why does it take this terrible event to make us one people . and Bush / McCain to divide us

    September 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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