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. souza

    It is unfortunate that Obama didn't realize sooner the many great qualities the Clinton's have to offer. The Clinton's owe him nothing and I hope that people see that. It is now Obama's campaign to win people over.
    Bill and Hillary are exceptionally intelligent and driven people who have made many contributions in this country and in Africa.
    If Hillary was on this Presidential ticket we would not see this contest so close. Which makes me wonder about Obama's ability to get past his ego for the better of the country. I can see no reason other that that to have picked boring 36 years in the system Biden. I don't even bother to read anything about Biden as I could care less.

    September 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Alex

    Sorry, a McCain/Palin win in 2008 practically ensures that Hillary cannot win in 2012. The 2008 McCain victory ensures a Palin win in 2012 because then she will be MORE experienced than HClinton and any other woman.Obama's biggest problem is that he is a "Pollyanna", going treat my opponent, "NICE". Obama has been the biggest promoter and endorser of McCain with his "McCain's an American Hero" line that McCain started to believe it. McCain can only talk about being a POW, which occurred over 30 years ago. What has he done of significance since then? Oh, 25 years in the Senate (not a stellar record either), part of the Keating 5, cheated on his wife–all things that make him an American Hero. Americans can elect him in November, his win will continue the chaotic situation this nation faces.

    September 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Patty

    Anyone who believes the Clintons actually want BO to win is really gullible. Didn't the dems spend the last year telling us what liars they both were? Billary doesn't owe the party anything but the finger (you know like the one BO blatantly gave Hillary during the campaign).

    September 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Democracynow2008

    I am happy to see that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton will meet in private after the 911 rememberance at Ground Zero.

    McCain being their aswell is a joke.

    He will put on a big act like he cares.

    Obama will now have Bill Clinton campaigning for him and this will also bring people out who love Bill Clinton .

    Its time for a voter Revolt in November and its time for people like Bill to go on the attack for Obama against McCain and Palin.

    Don't let McCain and his Right Wing campaign get away with anyrhing.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Michael in Houston

    That is mighty nice of you President Clinton to do this. What I am suprised about is how the American Public still does not understand what 911 was about. It was first of, a group of crazy

    September 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. CO dem turned independent

    It's interesting to see how close this race has become. The DNC wanted Obama as its Nominee, and Obama's arrogance kept him from selecting the one person who would have ensured a victory, HRC. This shows how weak the Democratic Party has become. Had Hillary been the nominee, and had Obama waited, and gained more experience in the Senate, we could have had a Democratic President for the next 16 years. Wishful thinking. I have now changed my affilliation to Independent and will vote for the "most qualified person", not as a member who is told who to vote for, even if that individual is not qualified.

    September 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Careful now..

    Jacque September 8th, 2008 12:55 pm ET

    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.
    ------–

    Pathetic, isn't it? His arrogance and ego fueled by the media led him to think he was some star that cannot be stopped. Whooops! The media has a new best friend.

    Now he crawls back to the Clintons – pathetic. It was the bots saying "Go Away" – "We dont need you" – "No more Hillbillies" – "Anyone but Clinton" – "She destroyed the party" – "Yes we CAN!"

    Well guess what – no you can't. You put your love for your messiah above the party. You cared more for Obama than you did about having a democrat in the White House. Hillary tried to point this out and she got nothing but your hate.

    Beg, plead, whine, cry – it's too late, Obama. You wanted the White House and it's now its our problem. Your pride was greater than the good of this party and the nation.

    September 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. EDW

    I am currently emailing a friend in the Air Force that has been in Iraq since May. This is his third deployment out there. His email today sounds very suicidal. We MUST bring our troops home.

    September 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. BushWHACKED

    We Dems have been Bush whacked twice and the only candidate that we come up with is Obama? Pelosi, Dean and Reid should bear the brunt of this not Obama, not the voters and not the Repubs.

    They threw him (Obama) out there although he chose to run and stay in the race and then he's stuck with Biden, which goes against his message of change. Now we want Bill and Hillary to help when at during the Primary we wanted them out of the way.

    The DNC is a loser. I will be voting Republican this time around because McCain's has a better education, energy and healthcare plan.

    To keep asking more and more people to dig Obama out signals that he's not the candidate for the job.

    September 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Terry

    Obama supporters can pick on Palin all you want its not going to change the minds of the voters. It comes down to who has the most experience to run this country and that is Mc Cain. More and more people do not want Obama running this country. Even if Palin was to take over she would be more trusting of a person than Obama.
    Watch to polls continue to increase for Mc Cain.
    I am sick of the Obama supporters TRYING to hurt Mc Cain and Palin with there words.
    I still can't figure out how anyone can say that Obama is more qualified to be president than Mc Cain. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Cheryl Swaim

    Please tell me when Obama first visited ground zero.
    CNN please post this. I haven't been able to find the answer to my question.
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

    September 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Voter

    Bill your a good man.. Everyone can see straight through McCain and those that can't open your eyes. He is now running on the WORD change give me a break . Palin has not mentioned on thing that she will change. It just insult after insult from this woman I am sick of hearing the same speech she is giving since the RNC. What are you changing McCain what ?

    September 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Nick

    Bill is not stupid.
    He knows that Obama is a "karaoke" candidate.
    He knows that Obama campaign played the race card against him.
    He knows that Obama is not ready to me the president...
    He knows a lot, but they didn't want to listen to him, and they nominated Obama with his empty "change" and "hope" speaches.
    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    September 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Michalea

    awwww Bush and Cheney couldn't make it? That's a pity!

    September 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. eddie

    Bill C. closed most southern border Armed services bases to let in the illegals . He fought to have NAFTA and many jobs are lost. Obama wants to take away some of our freedoms, start with high schoolers and collage persons. Now both at the "Towers" for a talk on National Security.. . Obama has already promised Canada things about NAFTA per Hilery C. We should not belive either man and what they say for they are not for U.S.A. interests. For them it is tax and spend for them selves, just look and the D. Convention and the fancy 6 million dollars that was spent on that. Obama wants more charity and yet the 6 million dollars spend???? . Also look at Obama's friends who are anit-american and now turns his back on them, you belive that ; shame on you.

    September 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Republican Alternative

    CNN's Two Segment Series: Revealed McCain/Obama. Despite the tabloid like title it was revealing. I gathered more about Obama and got a very deep insight into the mind and motives behind McCain. I just don’t understand why McCain’s taking the low road to the Whitehouse by exploiting 911, but after watching CNN’s Revealing McCain, I understand him more. He’s been injured, damaged and he is very bitter over his own Republican party for many personal reasons. This election means so much to him for the wrong reasons- Revenge. So he has resorted to using all the nasty political tricks Bush did and has turned against everything he once spoke of during his Straight Talk 2000 to win this round. It’s disturbing.
    He picked Palin for the hype distraction she offers, she's very coachable, moldable, and knows how to keep secrets.

    September 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. mel from Ohio

    Does McCain understand that 9/11 happened AFTER Vietnam? Seems as though his life is measured by Vietnam and the POW camp. Do you think that he grasps that 9/11 was more catastrophic than his own situation in Vietnam? Just wonderin'...

    September 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. DisenfranchisedHills for McCain

    Bill and Hillary should stay oof the circuit for Obama. It will hurt their support from Independents if they keep working against us.

    September 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Bill Clinton's FAILURE to respond to 3 seperate attacks against the U.S. was the fodder for 9/11.
    His appearance at ground zero is an insult to all who died that day.

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Frank

    Leave it to the Democrats to use 9/11 to grab some political headlines. Shame on you Obama and Bill Clinton!

    September 8, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Nobody invited Bush because his surragate John McCain is present. God bless the families of 9/11 victims.

    September 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman VP and was a democrat. You people get inform before who say such thing that this is the greatest history for women since suffrage. No it isn't; I wonder if geraldine ferraro nomination as first woman VP in the history of US was not matter. People are very inform and saying such things makes people want to laugh at your one sided republican guts. Geraldine ferraro first woman nominate VP, Hillary Clinton first woman to run for the presidency as a front runner for quite a long time and these folks are Democrats. No way, no how, No mcCain son of George Bush.
    We were waiting for a savior to save our country we found Bush as Americans personal savior. Now Bush as a god that kill and distroy economy will send McCain his son to finish the job. No way, No how, No McCain.

    September 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Vice-President Palin

    Joe ought to be scared. :-)

    September 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Adrian

    Clinton is responsible for 9/11. Why would you bring that idiot there? Hasn't he done enough damage? His phone call to Pakistan allowed Osama to escape death and finance everything that happened on 9/11. His done nothing but damage this country. He should stay away!!!! But, he could start sucking up to Obama in hopes for a job for his wife. That's a good plan Billy. Eat more crow in hopes to financially benefit. Swallow that pride Billy. Hey, while you are at it, show BO how to manipulate our Social Security again and make it appear that you have paid off the deficit. What a crook!!!! Just more smoke and mirrors from the democratic party.

    September 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Lynn in NM

    How fitting! John McCain should be there. He is the only one of the three that ever defended our country. Bill ran and Obama didn't think it was important. If Bill Clinton had done his job as President, 9/11 may not have happened. More of the same coming if Obama gets elected. Neither one of them has ever been strong on defense, to my knowledge.The military is only a photo op for those two.

    September 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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