September 6th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
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McCain, Obama plan to honor 9/11 victims together

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The first beam for the 9/11 memorial was raised into place at Ground Zero last week."]
(CNN)—The party attacks will be set aside Thursday, as Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain plan to make a joint visit to Ground Zero in honor of the seventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

“All of us came together on 9/11 – not as Democrats or Republicans – but as Americans. In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils – we were united as one American family," Obama and McCain said in a joint statement Saturday. "On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We will also give thanks for the firefighters, police, and emergency responders who set a heroic example of selfless service, and for the men and women who serve today in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania."

The campaigns said Saturday, more details will be announced soon

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Independant (Ohio)for Obama/Biden


    September 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    That's great that Senator's Obama and McCain will put aside politics for 9/11. This was and still is a very trying time for the country.

    I wish you all had left the Carol Cafferty storyline open for people to leave special messages for Jack. He is my favorite on CNN. My deepest, heart felt sympathy to the Cafferty family.

    September 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Brian, Pittsbrugh

    Good. I only wish they could continue the spirit beyond one day.

    September 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Blayze Kohime

    If they really want to show that they respect the victims of the attacks and the victims of the wars, then they will stop questioning each other's patriotism and focus on the issues. Shame on the McCain campaign, drowning out veterans with legit concerns at the RNC and questioning the loyalty and patriotism of their enemies. Such bickering dishonors the memory of those Americans.

    September 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. R. Cooper

    Barack taking the high road, yet once again!!

    September 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Good – we've lost more of our kids in Iraq, tho, than were lost 9/11.

    I just hope none of them make snarky remarks like we've been exposed to all the past week. Definitely that woman is not a diplomat.

    September 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Ryan

    What a breath of fresh air. It's sad that some readers are so bitter and entrenched in party politics that they are using this occasion to take jabs at the other side.

    September 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. karen

    To Independent Voter (i.e. republican in disguise).:

    The Republicans don't own 9/11. It's an American tragedy.

    And You're an idiot

    September 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Tim, Cincinnati

    Thank God! Stop the political bickering for at least one day! I'm so sick of this crap already and there are still 60 days to go.

    September 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. tuttysan

    So nice of McCain to show face at ground zero with Obama. If only Bush and his administration had really pursued the terrorist who perpetrated the attack where they were, instead of taking it as an opportunity to get the nod from the country to run rampant with their oil and fear agenda, which have contributed to divisions and economic disaster. Would someone remember THAT on 9/11 too? Thank you!

    And my heartfelt condolences to Cafferty and his family on their loss.

    Toni – Iowa

    September 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. JohnBoy

    One American and one Muslim on 9/11 how interesting.

    McCaIN 08

    September 6, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Democrats unite for true change

    That's Decent...too bad mccain and the republican hypocrites can't be gracious more often, it's very pleasing to see. vote democrat in every race and run the evil out the white house

    September 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Watermann

    Please try to remember two of these dates, however in different years, and their horrible consequencies

    1) New York 9/11/2001
    2) Chile 9/11/1973

    Are you honest enough for that?

    September 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Rashawn

    You guys commenting above have no sympathy, respect, or integrity for anything. Obama and McCain's jobs are to be politicians. They are putting it aside for one day to join as one to remember OUR citizens that died. Not our democratic or republican citizens but our AMERICAN citizens. Have a heart. No photo op, not trying to show who knows more than who, just give these two respect that they are doing this. I'm an Obama supporter and I dislike McCain and Palin tremendously. But, for this day, i'm not looking at them as republicans but americans. C'mon people, have some respect!

    September 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. ms j

    To the Cafferty Family,

    My prayers are with you and your family at this time, may you continue to dwell in peace and comfort in your moment of bereavement.

    September 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    Time out, people.

    My wife and I would like to express our very deepest sympathies to Jack Cafferty and his family.


    September 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. America

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cafferty family at this time as well. God speed.

    September 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. MLMitchell- Baltimore County-MD

    Yes, Shane, I agree, with you- shout out to The Cafferty's during their very difficult times and the loss of their matriarch. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

    We must unite people, I am so tired of the bickering and partisan politics, we can do better. The only campaign I see that fosters unity not by words but by actions is the Obama/Biden ticket. All week long during the RNC.....attack, attack, attack, no solutions, and fear! I am so tired of the crap people!

    Obama/Biden 08
    Yes we can!
    America Unite!

    September 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. James

    I thought Rudy was the 911 man who caught the hijackers and saved New York? Why would these guys be here?

    September 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Lacy Lady

    Our SYMPATHY goes out to Jack Cafferty and his family for the loss of Wife and Mother.
    May she rest in peace
    God bless !

    Your Iowa Family still loves you Jack

    September 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Women

    9/11 a sad day! I lost my cousin in the towers!! God bless america and all the families that went through what my family when through!
    My prayers go to the Cafferty family! Jack C be strong remember your wife is going to be in your hearts forever!!! Keep up the good work and remember that she's always there watching over you and your family!

    September 6, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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