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. Ex-Republican for Obama

    My sig indicates my vote, but as of now, they BOTH just made me proud.

    Under one Flag we shall Unite, we may attack each other in our goal to achieve a better america, but you best beware, we DO and SHALL stand together when the time is at hand!

    September 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Mc Plane

    Palin approved a state job for a friend and campaign aide with whom she shared a land investment, financial records and interviews over the past two weeks show.
    She hired a former lobbyist for a pipeline company to help oversee a multibillion-dollar deal with that same company.

    And she sent campaign e-mails on her city hall account while serving as mayor of Wasilla — conduct for which she later turned in an oil commissioner on ethics charges.

    September 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    I'M VOTING OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. BK

    All talk, no substance. We knew Obama would fall in the polls as soon as they took his teleprompter and prepared speeches away. The man can't give a straight answer. He talks just like a lawyer. You don't know where he stands on anything because he talks out of both sides of his mouth. UUH UUH UUH.
    The former senator that called Gov. Palin a cocky wacko. What kind of idiots are we sending to Washinton. It seems that a lot of Obama supporters talk like this man. SCARY!

    September 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. lee

    Why are all your photos of today's appearance at ground zero all only McCain? They were both there. I'd like to see some of Obama.

    September 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. American mom for Obama

    I am glad that Obama suggested they come together on this day. We all are americans and thats what people need to remember. 9/11 should not be used in any policital campaign. It would be down right wrong and shamefull.....

    September 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. jazz

    Mccain looks like he is running away from obama most of the time. He looks so old next to obama, he can be his granpa.

    we need a young, smart, noble president!

    September 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    In the picture, he's telling McCain I'm going to whoop you're butt!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. davis

    God---–bless--–Obama for --organizing this --meeting------–Good--Idea --from-----obama

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. aaa

    why cant just get along like this two hahahahah. mccain is a crook no matter what

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. 'Maverick' yeah, right! (God has a sense of humor)

    WOW

    I'm impressed with Senator Obama, if indeed he initiated this meeting at ground zero. I beleive he has earned my vote.

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Ana

    And that one is Obama!!!!! How stately and fitting of his persona that he should reach across the aisle to his opponent and find common ground on such an iconic day of poignant American memories. It is the dawning of a new day and Barack brings a new horizon where our country can work as one nation under a divine power!!!!

    Now I just wish I could vote. Americans, it is not only your right but also your civic duty to have a care about the future of your nation and VOTE.

    PS. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. robert pulciani

    Obama's leadership and judgment are clearly visible as he invites McCain to join him at ground zero. these are the qualities we need in our next president to resolve the ills of the last eight years. our country is essentially insolvent under G. Bush – we need a knew CEO with the talent and capacity to bring our country back to solvency. that can only be Obama – McCain is in denial relative the condition of our beautiful United States of Amercia.

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Canada for Obama/Biden 08

    I'm glad to see this =) and BTW I agree with the fact that both Obama and McCain love your country, lets talk issues for the next 2 months please :)

    September 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Sue in MI

    Another example of Obama's reaching across the aisle, heh? Good for him! And McCain managed to keep him promise not to campaign today, once he left Pennsylvania, after campaigning. The man has no scruples left, it seems.
    What this day reminds me of is that 9-11 opened wide the door for Bush to abuse the Constitution. A sad day indeed for America.

    September 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I am saddened by this "today we pause, but tomorrow the gloves are off" talk. It reminds me of the ad that McCain did the day of Obama's acceptance speech.

    Truth is, neither side should have to be so ashamed of their behavior that they need to call a truce on a day like this.

    Talk about the issues, explain what you want to do, and let the voters decide which they prefer. Instead we get ads full of false outrage about lipstick-wearing pigs and sex ed for kids.

    McCain has often talked about "honor." Let's see that honor. Drop the fake hyperbolic indignation. Talk to us as adults talk to adults. Talk to us with respect. Don't try to scam us. Don't try to trick us into voting for you. Put the interest of your country above your self interest.

    September 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. boomer babe for Obama

    Good. It would be nice if this level of civility and respect could continue for the remainder of the campaign.

    September 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. common sense

    Where's Michelle? Maybe this isn't one of those moments?

    September 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. inuk of the north

    Brothers in arms these two.

    I couldn't tell them apart.

    Are they twins?

    September 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Griff

    New Polls show Tight Races??? And yther is Barack Obama! Sparing??? you opened the window CNN1 But my comment was ignored... Why do I care so much!!! Ask yourself that question..

    September 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. MikeA

    A nice moment for our country no matter who you support.

    September 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Paris

    This is a wise decision on both sides.

    It is sad that some of you try to politicize it in this blog.
    It tells me that you don’t even understand the symbolic nature of this decision.

    Thank you John McCain, Thank you Barack Obama.

    September 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Anyonmous

    OH MY GOD give it a rest already.

    Have You No Sense of Decency????

    You can not help yourselves from tarnishing a truly touching and reverent moment can you???

    The hating and bashing of McCain is here too??????

    Obama and McCain are coming together, at least for one day.
    Learn from their example.
    IT IS GOOD for AMERICA

    September 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Mc Palin

    John McCain and Sarah Palin are repeatedly deceiving, manipulating, and flat-out lying. And polls are showing that some of those lies are convincing voters.
    Palin says she opposed the "Bridge to Nowhere"—when in fact she fully supported it. McCain says Obama wants sex-ed for kindergartners—when he voted for a bill to protect them from sexual predators.

    September 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. kentucky republicn

    mcbush same same old carl rove politics...

    September 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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