September 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain, Obama joint appearance planned last week

McCain and Obama visited Ground Zero Thursday.
McCain and Obama visited Ground Zero Thursday.

(CNN) - The idea of a joint September 11 visit to Ground Zero by both John McCain and Barack Obama was in the works for less than a week, according to both campaigns.

Obama suggested the idea to McCain Friday afternoon when the Democratic presidential nominee called his Republican counterpart Friday, the day after the GOP convention ended, to congratulate him on his convention speech.

"[Obama] called after the convention speech, and over the course of the
discussion they mutually agreed to meet jointly in New York," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

The two men went to Ground Zero Thursday, entering the site together. Both candidates exchanged brief remarks and spoke with some of those on hand for the commemoration.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Cynthia

    Just saw 1st part of the Charlie Gibson interiview – call me cynical but I noticed a bunch of breaks in the interview and places where her mouth was moving and no words coming out.

    September 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. lori

    JACK DID YOU NOT READ THE COMMENTS FROM REAGAN AND BOBBY,FL

    September 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Anyonmous

    "the polls are dropping? HA, they don't even take into consideration the fact that many American's don't even use landlines anymore…they use cell phones which are not used in the polls! "

    LISTEN

    THE POLLING USES CELL PHONE DATA

    Got it.

    Go the the Gallup site and look at the methods they use.

    THEY USE CELL PHONE DATA

    Repeating this lie over and over again will not make it true.

    September 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. PALIN POWER

    Ms Gunn:

    If Russia continues on this path, ivades europe, blocks oil outlets to the same.... yea... we might go on 12-25.

    Or you could have Obama tell them to stop... or he will say stop again!

    September 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. B

    I think some people are attracted to a Palin ticket because that are hurting in the current Bush Administration and want their pain to end now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    It will depend if America wants to move on from the Scooter Libby / Rove years.

    Hopefully, McCain will retire finally.

    September 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. mark

    Obama proves time and time again, he's the real deal...McCain has sold his soul to Karl Rove and it's sad because he only did it when it was obvious he could not win fairly. I think McCain could have run this campaign with dignity because he's a good man, though a somewhat weak leader, but he has chosen the low, stupid, Karl Rove road...it's a pity...now he's an afterthought, an old man on the sidelines while his VP gets paraded around as the religious right hero, those people are so desperate for their own celebrity that they have build Mrs Palin up so high to their base that she could never live up to it, and the inevitable fall from grace will be swift and terrible...

    Obama '08

    September 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. J.B. Illinois

    Americans died there in New York that day, What a horrible day that was for us all. The attack did not come from Iraq, yet innocent children, women and men are dying there too. My sympathy is for all who have suffered.

    September 11, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. She Can Take It

    I hope the press gives Sarah a hard time for the following reasons:

    -John should never have selected someone who is not experienced.
    -John should never have put himself before his country
    – When John's plane was shot down, he didn't think anything like that could ever happened. I guess he also thinks he's immortal.
    – Sarah should have been vetted properly
    -Sarah should not have been sequestered in order to catch up
    -If she's going to be an attack dog, she's got to be tested

    Once again, for America's sake, I hope the press gives her a hard time. We've known John for 27 years, Biden for 36 and Barach for 4. We've known Sarah for 13 days. I hope the press gives her a hard time. She can take it, if she's smart. If she's not, she's not ready.

    America 08

    September 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Wow Palin just said we might have to go to war with Russia over Georgia....now what a stupid thing to say! OMG she just blew it there! You are not even VP yet you are already out to start WWIII? yes we will go to war over georgia killing 150 million Americans and 200 Million Russians and god knows how many others over Georgia! Jebus if this person gets in office or her warmonger grandfather we are all toast! Thats not the way you stand up to the Russians without even discussions first. I dont think you people hear me 150 million dead when the nukes fly over

    September 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Anais

    I did not see Obama "dogging McCain's footsteps," as one poster wrote. What I saw was Obama reaching out to one of the crowd, asking an aide for a business card so that person in need could contact his office. I also saw Obama, Mrs. McCain and Mayor Bloomberg energetically walking uphill after the ceremony. Senator McCain appeared to be a bit winded. Is he really physically able at 72 to take on the demands of the presidency? Oh, and it's not our enemies who want him elected. In response to another poster, I would NOT call the Canadians and Europeans I spoke with this summer our enemies, but rather, our close friends, and they were in favor of Obama. Our enemies want the GOP to continue in office, as the Bush administration has been Al Qaeda's greatest recruiting tool.

    September 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Anne E.

    A very telling picture - the choice should be obvious.

    OBAMA/BIDEN
    BARACK ON!

    September 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. sety

    It is so dumb for anyone to believe that these polls will predict the results of the election. The youths that are in millions for Senator Obama do not use landline, they used cell phones.

    Who are these people behind these polling? Are they aware that times have changed, that most people use cell phones now?

    September 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Texico From Mexico

    I hope to god shes talking about Atlanta Georgia....because if its any other Georiga costing us half our country she is a nut case!

    September 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. S. Boatman

    Seems To Me That It Is Obama Who Is Reaching Across The Isle! . . . Just As I Knew He Would!

    September 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Dems are TERRIFIED of Palin and Rightly So

    Evangelical September 11th, 2008 6:27 pm ET
    OBAMA asking McCain for a joint visit.
    A true Leader that OBAMA is.

    United with stand, but divided we fall. Unity in the United States of America. Thank you LORD!!!

    NO "evangelical" would EVER vote for Obama! LOLOLOLOL You have to follow that bible thingy. You are a sheep in wolve's clothing :-)

    September 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Joni

    Sara, if you want to play football, don't ask for a pink Helmet

    September 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Patty

    Could you idiots who can't refrain from your nasty comments just go away for this one day to honor the memory of 911. No respect and ignorant – you call yourselves adult Americans – I think not.

    September 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. redneck for obama

    of course, the mccain camp would only stop the lies for one day.

    September 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. brad

    Obama is scared, cant even give specific details, he never mentions the real effects of the policies, he is playing a " i hope this will work campaign". we need someone who has reformed. and to obama, who criticizes her on the bridge to nowhere she rejected, he never mentioned he voted for it....and obama will do like he did to other countries when it comes to russia, he will say i am sorry about america how can we make a deal, leading us into a socialist and beyond country ... watch all this unfold into a great american turnaround in the end.....i was the 1st to be sent to afghanistan, and 1st to be sent to iraq in the army.. obama need's to enlist in the army for 4 years as enlisted or officer before he acts like he knows what goes on in places like that.. what a sham it would be to get another fake politician in for another 4 yrs.

    McCain/Palin "08"

    September 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Greg

    OBAMA VOTED NO AS ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES!!! THATS TRULY UN-AMERICAN AND PANDERING FOR HISPANIC VOTES.

    September 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. mel

    JACK

    guess you can't read – lots of negatives from mccain supporters.

    September 11, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Perusing-Through

    9/11 memorial is a good and decent thing, but , , , , , , ,
    , , , , , , no love lost between these two.

    Obama can make peace with McSame after he wins the White House, and McSame is back in Arizona!

    September 11, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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