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. karen raleigh

    I think a little advice from Clinton will be good. Obama and Biden will win as soon as the novelty of Palin wears off and we learn a little more about her. Obama has to get a little tougher with the likes of the republicans because they are mean and liars. Obama/ Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Bruce

    On such an event it is good to see Clinton standing up to support Obama. It is time to see that this great nation needs to change. The 9/11 events show how deeply this natin is distrusted in the world. Avoiding other peoples ideas does not bring understanding and acceptance. Obama said he will talk to worl leaders and strive to regain the respect in the world tht Bush lost.

    We must become that light that leades to a better world. We must show the world that the blessings we enjoy can be shared by all in peace.

    September 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Bill Clinton is the only person who can help OBAMA wins, yes he understand the "issues" that small town America cares about, but "white America" there are black, hispanic and whites small towns, the media line to spin small town America, what it implies is WHITE AMERICA!

    September 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. HSNP

    Note To Obama: When you have a meeting with Bill, LISTEN TO HIM IF YOU WANT TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. LaVon Hummel

    I think that this shows to me and many other women , that Clintons our better people than most , They will be and are so admired. I erge any one who want a democrate to put money toward the Ciltons dept.
    I will be helping the Clintons, and ask others to join me in helping them. I will be emailing them to day,. If they are willing to help America . I am willing to help them. falling in love all over again, With Hill & Bill. they are putting county frist.

    September 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Liz P

    I'm sorry WHY is Clinton attending. Last time I checked he was a former President. Maybe he should stick to hitting on women whilehis wife tries to satisfy both their needs for power...Stay home Bill, 9/11 families will do fine without you.

    September 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. TM of CO

    It will be a historical moment to see the 2 major polical parties come together and keep the claws in. Ground Zero is not the place for jabs.

    September 8, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Nick

    These better not turn into stump speeches.

    September 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Ready For Change

    Don't let him in Bill !!!

    September 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Deme T.

    It seems to be Obama is more patriotic than McCain. I just don't get a patriotic feeling of Mccain and Palins speech. All they do is attack and it is about war. What about the other issues that affect our citizens everyday. I think many American citizens are ignoring the real issues. I feel it in Obama's and Biden's voice that they care more.

    September 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. McCain All the Way

    To Enlightened Voter: If anyone should be there it should be John McCain. Of any person there he is the only one who fought for us and our country.

    Get a grip!

    September 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Ready For Change

    We had the chance to have Bill and Hillary's expertise at a time in this country when we really needed them. It's too late now, the Chosen One is what we are stuck with instead of the Clintons who could have gotten us out of this mess.

    September 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    We're safe-Bush and the three Amigo's will all be in one place giving speeches.

    The hot air will fill a fleet of balloons from these buffoons.

    September 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. pakuna

    I can only hope that Bill and Hillary will see how we need to vote for the person and not the party. Sorry Bill and Hillary I love you to death and you have done Great for us. However I cannot follow you in your support of obama. Please support the person and his qualification not the Party.

    September 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Janice

    Thank GOD America is starting to wake up and overwhelmingly place their support behind McCain/ Palin!!

    We cannot afford to have Obama as a President.

    Keep up the good work President McCain and Vice President Palin!!

    We are all behind you!

    September 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. l'homme

    hillary +bill+ biden = OBAMA .

    September 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Splurge

    Maybe Bill & Hillarys would be doing more to help Obama if he and his supporters hadn't mistreated them so during this entire campaign.

    September 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. BJ

    Both parties will abstain from negative ads on that day?

    So does that mean the negative spin will be coming from Bill that day?

    September 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Clinton Supporter

    Bill will be there to pretend to support Obama, knowing full well a McCain victory this Fall will will ensure a Palin – Clinton run for the White house in 2012.

    September 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. DWoods

    I hope this meeting will end in positive results. Most anything would be better than the last 8 years of McCain riding Bush coattails which equals McSame. Regardless of who is the next President, our taxes will be raised. However, with the right candidate, our lives will be much better off.

    September 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Dave in Houston

    We need to get Bush and Cheney there, too!

    September 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Colo Sprgs, CO

    Clinton, Obama vs McCain at Ground Zero. That's two to one, we win.

    September 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Ray

    Where's Bush holed up?

    Obama should bring the Clintons and folks like Gen. Wesley Clarke to the forefront because they know how to fight the Republicans.

    Is Joe Biden inept? He's running around saying that he can't debate Palin! Old Joe is scared!

    Hillary would have been the better choice for real. Biden just dilutes the campaign – anyway, let's see what happens but we don't have the time.

    If Obama wants to win, he must bring Gen. Wesley Clarke into his inner circle and allow him to go on the networks to make whatever comments he likes to make. He knows how to attack the Republicans – effectively.

    He can do this after the 9/11 ceremony.

    September 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Mark

    The Nobama dream is going up in smoke. Time too wake up and vote
    for McCain. It will take more than Bill to help Nobama. Thats what happens when a con man (Nobama) tries to fool the American people.
    Maybe if he had better judgement and put Hillary on the ticket he might would be winning. Too Late its over!!!!! McCain 50% Nobama 46%.

    September 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. yen

    Well, if the American people thing and believe that McCain-Palin are the answer to their economic misery, let them go ahead and vote for them.

    September 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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