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.
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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.