September 11th, 2008
08:04 AM ET
6 years ago

TIME: McCain, Obama unite briefly for 9/11

McCain, Obama will pause along with the rest of the country Thursday, to remember the victims of 9/11.
McCain, Obama will pause along with the rest of the country Thursday, to remember the victims of 9/11.

They are a point or two apart in the polls. They seem to shadow each other from battleground state to battleground state. And now and they are hurling words at one another like longshoremen.

But on Thursday, September 11, John McCain and Barack Obama will take a break. A brief moment of silence will descend on the presidential campaign. Call it a pause. Or maybe a cease-fire.

Watch: Bush, Cheney remember 9/11

Above all, call it temporary — and there's still a chance that it won't happen at all. (In fact, if you were in a betting mood, you might want to throw some money at the won't-happen-at-all option.)

But, in any case, here's the plan:

The two candidates will gather briefly at the site of the World Trade Center to mark the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001. Neither man will speak at the site; they will instead bear witness to the tragedy that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., and left thousands of others wounded. It is enough that they would stand side-by-side to mark the anniversary. "We will put aside politics and come together," the two men said in a statement released jointly.

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  1. Praetorian

    History–will show...
    After the attacks on 9-11...and given the knowledge that Al Qaida was behind the first World Trade center attacks, and the attack on the USS Cole, and other attacks against our sworn allies around the globe....

    The strategy to take the War on Terror to Afghanistan and Iraq–was prudent, and resulted in denying the opportunity of Al Qaida being able to accomplish anything similar to the 9-11 attacks during the Presidency of GW Bush.

    Now we must decide–what history will say about our next choice for President.

    September 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. GIFTTY

    GO SARA/JOHN 08

    HILLARY 012

    OBAMA 020 – JUST TO GET EXPERIENCE FIRST.

    September 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Sick of it all

    I can NOT believe that anyone could be so IGNORANT, so BIASED... and have their head so FAR up their butt as to say "the Republicans were in office on 9/11, they didn't protect us...blah blah..." Are you freaking KIDDING me??????? You really think that if Gore won in 2000, al Queda would have reconsidered????? Have you paid ANY attention??? They want to KILL AMERICANS!!! They were planning the attacks for YEARS!!!!! Any Democrat who says that is undermining themselves.... Just stop it. It happened and it was going to happen whoever was in office. Was it Roosevelt's (a Democrat for you ignoramuses...or is it ignorami?...) fault the Japenese bombed Pearl Harbor?

    September 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Are you serious

    There will be something out of this today that McCain will put in an attack ad. You just wait and see. I'm still waiting on Palin to answer a question to reporters.

    September 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. al in memphis

    During that dreadful day, we all were focused on one thing.

    There was not a republican 9/11, or democrat 9/11, or female 9/11, or rich 9/11, or black 9/11, or white 9/11, or hispanic 9/11, or native american 9/11, or rural america 9/11, or inner city 9/11, or pro-life 9/11, or pro-choice 9/11, or .............. you get the picture

    Tragedy can not be the only way we look past these barriers produced by our preceptions and preferences. WE are approaching the economic and civil ruin in this country. We got to take fixing the problems seriously and every voter should be thoroughly insulted by the type of politics that has occurred over the past 2 weeks.

    Daily we tune in to get information about canidates and most of the time we get talking heads who can't have a decent dialogue without shouting at each other. I want information– no I demand information about the economy, our partnering with the rest of the world to solve global issues.

    Sometimes I think only 3 year old should be allowed to vote, because they have the ability to ask why - then listen for an answer

    September 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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