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

McCain, Obama joint appearance planned last week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Pat Riot

    Why in VA, it probably has something to do with am injury's effect over time. Many athletes tear a ligament, have surgery and return to the game but then don't walk after 50. I suggest the next time you decide to insinuate that a veteran POW is faking a war related injury you do it on a day other than September 11. Seems a little inappropriate. That being said let us all remember our pledge of allegiance. Today let us salute the flag and the REPUBLIC!!!!!! for which it stands.

    September 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. sety

    I agree with you Nicole, Reagan's comment shows how senseless he thinks.

    September 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Pat Harding

    For many years I have been a faithful supporter of CNN but I actually turn off the commentary now. Fox is all about the right and they make no bones about it. CNN has always been center; but everytime I hear the news it sounds like FOX now. The think the pundits are so impressed with Palin that they are forgetting that the race is between Obama and McCain, not Palin. Then all the right wing commentators are playing up the silly stories that have no bearing on the case to continue this Palin mania. I think as a group you have gone overboard in trying to balance this election coverage. We need a little more positive on Obama to balance out the negative we hear from FOX. I know many CNN pundits supported Hillary, but is it necessary to punish the Democratic ideals by giving this race to McCain? Pat

    September 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Bobby, FL

    McCain's Flag Pin is permanently scared into his POW scars.

    NObama was forced to wear one.

    September 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Tony

    I hope that John McCain can work with President Obama next year. That would be nice.

    September 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas


    They almost look like they could be running mates (in some strange world).

    September 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Halo

    We shouldn't be too hard on McCain, afterall, the poor fella is 73 years old.
    Not to worry, if anything happens, "True Grit Sarah" is waiting in the wings!

    September 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. La Raza

    To all of you MCCain/Painin supporters,

    Just two words! NOVEMBER FOURTH!

    Yall ain't seen nothin yet!

    Obama 4-ever

    September 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Seth

    I can't believe Obama set up a meeting with McCain without preconditions!

    September 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. slim in Seattle

    Barack, invited McBush not his Mc. Cindy. He should have leaved the wife home.

    September 11, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. No way No how No McLies

    Why does it come as no surprise that the joint appearance to honor American lives lost was proposed by Senator Obama. Thank you Senator for at least momentarily ceasing the Rovian imbecilities and showing us that you do know what matters to the American families.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Wayne

    After keeping the press at bay while she learns the script, the media will eat her for lunch.

    But no matter, John just selected her as a figurehead anyway. His real VP will be Joe Lieberman. That's why Joe isn't worried about going back to the Senate. He'll need to stay with McCain to nudge him when he mixes up the Sunni and the Shiites.

    Sorry, I know this is a bipartisan post, but CNN won't give us another space.

    September 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    O B A M A--V O T I N G--P R E S E N T---

    W H I L E--9 / 1 1---H A P P E N I N G

    September 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    Obama will be a great leader and America will once again be the envy of the world.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Tracy

    If you think Bush put us though War...wait until McCain takes over. I feel sorry for the folks who kept him captive.

    God Bless Us All

    September 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. No McSame/Palin, CA

    I am glad to see both candidates together for this event, we are all Americans regardless of party differences. I expect to see the press asking HARD questions to Palin. She has only been questioned by Gibson, why ?? I have a right to have answers to ligit. questions. & it is their (the press) job to do this, that is what they are suppose to do. Rachael Maddow, Olberman, Matthews are doing good & cnn is starting to stand up to some of these liars that come on their show & get by with anything they say & never get called on it.

    September 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Independant Voter

    Keep planning photo ops with Obama standing beside McCain.
    Look at how ancient McCain looks; in particular contrast with Obama's appearance as a healthy, energetic middle-aged man.

    This WILL affect voter's impressions. No one wants to vote for a guy with one foot in the grave. Especially with Sarah Palin standing next in line. Yikes!

    September 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Greg


    September 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Jack

    I'll bet McCain is asking Obama "Now why are we here"?
    We shouldn't be too hard on McCain afterall he's 73 years old. But not to worry, "True Grit Sarah" is waiting in the wings!
    (God save us all).

    September 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. American mom for Obama

    Reagon thats out of line... Cnn shouldn't have posted that

    September 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    V from London:

    65% of all cell phones are registered to people over 30 years old

    Think again....

    September 11, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Tracy

    Michelle is home taking care of her children.

    September 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Dems are TERRIFIED of Palin and Rightly So

    You folks are something else. Palin has the left looking like even bigger blathering idiots than many of us even thought possible. Truly a new low as they fall all over themselves to dig dirt and side-track.

    The truth is Palin is the shot in the arm McCain needed and will solidify the conservative base and pull much of middle with her. Obama is done. Next move...out of desperation...dump Biden and bring Billary back.

    Ps None of us will ever forget where we were 7 years ago.
    Neither will Obama...12th grade LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    September 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. pa.joe

    Good job Senators!

    September 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Shannon

    It's said to see, that Obama supporters here can't forget the hate the seem to have for everyone, even on a day like today, what is wrong with you people! hope and change must mean something really different to you!

    September 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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