September 8th, 2008
05:21 PM ET
10 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. anon

    I hope people on this board can put aside their differences, refrain from the name calling, nasty jabs, and hateful comments, and recognize the bi-partisan nature of this event.

    It will be interesting to see if McCain or Obama's supporters will use this to bash the opposition on the ticker.

    September 8, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Vincent Spaulding

    It would be nice to see the old Bill Clinton rise up from the demented ashes that he has become in recent years to support Obama and join him in the campaign. All the forces at the disposal of the democratic party have to come together if McCain's insanity is going to be crushed in November.

    September 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. gerri

    Peace in the valley.

    September 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Spencer from VA

    If I was Sen. Obama, I wouldn't make any campaign detours with McCain. The repubs will try to make this a photo op.

    September 8, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Typical White Person

    So will Bill come with him to meet with Putin?

    September 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Sarah Palin implemented windfall oil profit tax in Alaska

    That a boy Bill.

    I can't wait till Barack Obama announces the key role that Hillary and Bill will have for the next 8 years.

    September 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. TimMN

    AWESOME! We LOVE you Bill

    September 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Lived to tell about it

    This will be perfect! At least the Clintons, Obama and Biden caqrry on conversations. McCain and Palin are reading the same old tired script they have used since day one.

    And.... they offer change? How about changing the script once in a while!

    September 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Roy P

    Who cares about Clinton? Change you can count on? This is what I voted for in the primaries. We apparently change our position on the war. changed our position on global trade, and changed our position on tax cuts. We are changing our position with the polls. Where is the DNC? Where are our senior democratic leaders? This is not the change we voted for. We even allowed Mr Obama to change his church. What is going on? Get back on track. We are beating ourselves. No wonder the polls are close

    September 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. California Girl

    Mr. Clinton my respects to you may we come together in the time onf need and remembrance of the innocent lives affected. I will be watching

    September 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. chris

    Senator Clinton is the only candidate capable of being the best President for our children, our troops and America.....if obama/biden actually need her help to attack palin, it is just another example of how the DNC picked the wrong candidates to run for the White House....

    September 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. nana

    Respectfully, I hope McCain and Obama do not use this platform for their political gain. Please show the respect America deserves on this occasion.

    September 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Thank you Mr President! I did not care much for you nor did I vote for you in either election. I hope to see you out on the trail showing people what hate filled liers this republican ticket is! Not one thing she said in her acceptance speech was true and yet I have not heard anyone go after her or hold her accountable for those lies! If not you then your true bull dog wife needs to take her out at the knee caps this is the race for President not a beauty pageant

    September 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Baze

    Oh great, now McCan't will draw this to his war stories.

    September 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Jacque

    T he last time i checked, Obama was not sure how Bill CLinton would fit in if he picked Hillary as Vice-President. All of a sudden, he needs Bill's advice.

    September 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    They "WILL BE" choosing from the SAME MENU – It's going to be a GREAT meeting and "DEFINITE" "Game Plan" will surface – WATCH OUT REPUBS – YOU AIN'T HEARD "NOTHING" YET!!!

    OBA-DEN 2008-2016, YES WE CAN!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Lisa M

    Nobody invited Bush?
    Wonder why.

    September 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Michael

    McCain proved all you need in life is a good dog....a pitbull preferablly!

    September 8, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. WB, PSL

    Bill we The Democratic party need you. I cannot live thru another 4 years of Republican leadership.


    September 8, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Wayne

    It has been an utter disaster since Bill left office. Bush/McCain have nearly destroyed this country with their wars and tax cuts for the filthy rich.

    Now the not so bright American voter wants a 3rd helping?! The world laughs at us.

    Perhaps we deserve McCain. All empires crumble from within and perhaps McCain can be the icing on the cake, the nail in the American coffin as far as being a world leader goes. We killed 100,000 Iraqis..what did Iraqis do to us? McCain presidency is Karma coming for America. We're getting what we deserve.

    September 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. joyce

    anf after that put bill out there to be our pit bull
    bill is trusted enought that people will listen to him and he and hillary have a stake in this election
    obama says bill will be top advisor and have a promanant job in the white house and hillary will to as to be over the insurance and other things up high .
    with the 3 of them we can get our country back

    obama/ biden 2008

    biden/chelse 2024

    go democrats
    hillary/bill 2016

    September 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Axel

    And where is GWB ? This happened on his watch, be better be there.

    September 8, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Sherri

    I wish that none of them would use this sacred ground for political gain. I hope that all sides respect ground zero. Americans died on that tragic day...not Democrats or Republicans.

    I will never forget.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Jeffer65

    Nothing rallies hardcore Republicans more than the Clintons. Not a good move on Obama's part.

    September 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    It's admirable that they can set aside differences on such a sad memorable day. That's America at its best !!

    September 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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