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. Obama is history

    The McBush, McWar, McOld, McCombover jokes are so lame..

    September 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Go Sarah

    Obama supporters feel that only stupid people can believe or support Sarah. They ask, what has she done to deserve all this praise?

    Well, McCain and (some Hillary) supporters feel the same way about supporting Obama.

    Hopefully now you understand why half of Americans cant stand Obama.

    September 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. David

    I remember exactly what I was doing when this happened. I think too many people forget. We, as Americans should never forget and we need to remain diligent or it something like this will happen again.

    September 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    We Democrats can't allow McCain to win! We all have to come together and make sure that does not happen. With Bill and Hillary both campaiging for Barack, that won't happen. Do we want four more years of the same? No! What are the poor people going to do this winter – buy food, gas or medical!

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. pat huntington ny

    None of these people should be at Ground Zero. They are politicizing the tragedy...I can see the news casts now – who cried the most, who showed the most emotion, who's speech was the most touching, who's flag pin was bigger, who shook the most hands of survivors and vicitims' families, who kissed the most babies!

    9-11-08 Ground Zero Ceremony should be off limits to ALL politicians, except the Mayor of NYC, and the Govs. of NY and NJ! That's it!

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. whiteboy for obama

    good, maybe, bill and barack can push mccain off in the hole!

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    Please candidates do not make this day about anger and hate...both side need to calm down and talk issues. The Repugs especially have become the party of hate and anger.

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Will the two people who could have prevented 9/11 (Dumbya and Condi Rice) be there? How about Rudy Guiliani, the man who couldn't fix the first responder communications system? How about the man who single-handedly tried to convince America that Sadaam was repsonsible for 9/11, Shotgun Dick Cheney? Probably in Dubai at Haliburton World Headquarters counting the piles of cash they've been stacking up for him since 2000....

    September 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. WML

    I find this interesting.... Obama was so mean and demeaning to Hillary and Bill yet he finds himself coming back to them for help. I guess you can't really change can you?

    September 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. whiteboy for obama

    obama should have picked wes clark as vp.

    September 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Separation Anxeity

    I'll bet we won't see GEORGE W. BUSH there.

    September 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Obama need to rally the entire Democratic leadership in multiple campaign fronts across the USA. Dominate news coverage by shear numbers. And at every turn denounce the lying Republicans.

    September 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Connie, Tennessee

    I bet McWar's negative ads run on 09/11 as that is the only kind of ad he has. Nothing about the issues.

    September 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    I didn't realize that there were SOOOOOO MAAAANNY blind sheep in this country..... Unbelievable. Put aside your personal feelings & vote your pocketbook & your families well being. We all know who make a better & more efficient President.... Barack Obama.

    He's going to win but I can't believe that it's this close....WOW

    BO & JB 08

    September 8, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Obama Campaign

    Reminder to all registered Obama supporters:

    We are now including Gov. Sarah Palin in our attempt to link McCain to Bush. I know, but it's the best we've got. :-(

    September 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. AKRON, OHIO HILLARY SUPPORTER

    will be looking forward to seeing you bill. help oboma win this election

    September 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Thank you Pres. Clinton, your support and comments are always sought and apppreciated.
    Now for a question: Why no Bush on Thursday? Oh, I forgot, McCain is gonna be there – same thing only a lot older.

    September 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Danny

    Bill, I think you have better things to do. You need to defend yourself for letting Osama go away when you were in office. 9/11 happened because you did not go after Osama in Tora Bora. Obama is another joke to say that he has a plan to defend us against terrorists. He has no credentials. He has no resume to defend America. I know that barack Oibama will be exposed in the days to come and it will be a sad end to his campaign.

    September 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Mike, TX

    I wonder how Obama will spin this. If he had been president it wouldn't have happened? The US really caused the terrorists to strike? We've made it worse?

    One thing for sure, after Obama is done speaking, America will be solely responsible.

    September 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Doebird

    I watched a documentary yesterday on information that I had never seen before on 9/11 and the decisions made and not made by your current administration of Bush & Cheney despite the information and concern expressed by then the outgoing president, Bill Clinton.....how truly amazing that individuals seem to be incapable of remembering on what DID NOT happen despite the urgency expressed by President Clinton....having said this, my heart goes out to all of those who have lost loved ones in the September attack.

    September 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. GOP supporter

    BIll Clinton!!!! Why would he be there? He didn't stand up to terrorists attacks on the USS Cole!!! Give me a break. The one that should be there, America now can't stand because he's unpopular. See what the media has done to us Americans!!

    September 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Get Real

    The media is scared of the Republicans. Just like Bush, when anyone spoke out against him they lost their jobs. This is censorship at its Republican Best.

    Sarah Palin and John McCain are LIARS and there is not one news media outlet or journalist willing to call them on this. American Media is a pawn in the Republican game of politics.

    She said 'thanks but no thanks' and kept the money for a state that receives more USA government money per capita than any other state in the country.

    She was a member of AIP, which wanted to seperate from the USA.

    She can not balance a budget. She left her town over $23 million in debt.

    News Media is afraid of the Republicans! Once again, they win with FEAR and LIES. This is going to be a repeat of 2000/2004.

    just watch on election day, the poor, innder city, rural and young votes are going to be challenged and denied by the Republicans.

    No Respect for the USA media... you make us look awful to the rest of the world when we are always standing by our country's free press.

    The Republicans are trying to take over our country and we will not stand for it.

    Report the Real story on Ms. Palin! She is an liar, a cheater, and a real mean spirited person!

    September 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. J from DC

    We went to Iraq to disarm their government from WMD's
    If the serge did not find the WMD's,
    How is it a success???
    Oil and War is all I hear form he republicans.
    Housing Market Breakdown.
    And the same administration that ignored this problem is taking it over. I guess more government intervention is the right answer after all.
    Can someone say hypocrites

    Good for you Bill...

    September 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. bob

    bill clinton is directly responsible for the events of 9-11..! he totally ignored all the terrorist events that happened on his shift (wtc bombing, etc), and when we finally had osama in our sights, he didn't have the guts to tack the shot..! sorry billy boy, but those of us that know the facts and were involved in hunting osama down will NEVER EVER FORGIVE YOU..!

    September 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    Has anybody seen Bin Laden?

    September 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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