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. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    I'm so proud it was Obama's idea and it took place. On a day like that, America should stand together as one, no matter what skin color, religion, or party.

    But Obama's idea was one more evidence of his greatness and his judgment.

    Obama 08!

    September 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Sarah

    Where is the PIN of McCain...?
    Or No body dare to ask him this question? Only Obama could be tortured for not wearing a pin

    September 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. California Voter

    so where was Michelle?????

    September 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. YaYa

    I almost feel sorry for McCane . . . . . I think that he was basically a decent, (yet flawed) man. His problems stem from that fact that he feels like he's OWED the position of POTUS. I think he feels it's his due for time spent in captivity. I also think he's seeking a sort of validation.

    That being said, he's essentially signed a deal with the devil (Bush, Cheaney, Rove) to make it happen. Now he's just become their tool.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    Where in the heck is Karl Rove?......Oh, we'll hear him criticizing and whinning tomorrow.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Can't wait

    This the closest that McCain is going to get to Obama. Come on people wake up. If you think that McCain is going be an different from Bush, then we deserve to be in this mess we're in now. "My friends", be open to change and let all your differences aside. 8 years of Republicans is good enough for me, lets see what this man (Obama) has to offer. McCain doesn't even want to talk about the issues anymore because theres nothing to talk about. Instead, he'd rather ride the coat tail of Sarah Pailin. But that will only last for another week if not sooner.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Lisa in NC


    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Ed, Fl

    I no longer have any respect for Jhon Mccain he is dishonnorable who panders to his military service for political gain.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |

    Glad to see Cindy made it... guess Michelle was busy at church or something.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Melissa

    Obama looks very presidential. That was a wonderful idea he had to meet with McCain on this day. Great men generate great ideas.

    September 11, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. McPale in comparison

    She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a very very small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

    Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.she supported an Alaskan Constitutional ammendment to ban abortions.
    She is not only pro-life but is involved with — and even steered tax money toward — organizations that give misleading information on abortion.

    She supported right-wing extremist & Nazi sympathizer, Pat Buchanan for
    president in 2000.

    Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
    At one point, Palin supported mandatory education for teenagers about contraception, something that political insiders in both parties will find ironic in the wake of her 17-year-old daughter Bristol’s pregnancy and upcoming 'shotgun' marriage.

    She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

    She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
    How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.
    She says that God told her to build an oil pipeline.
    She thinks the Iraq War is Gods Christian war against Islamic beliefs.
    She us under investigation fo abuse of power after only1 1/2 years in office.
    She clearly comitted numerous documented abuses of power as Mayor of that very very small city.that she appologized for as "mistakes".
    While a Mayor She fired the city’s librarian because she would not remove books from the shelves that Palin felt were against her views. Can You say Censorship?

    She admitted that she does not even know what the V.P. does. She's just a 'soccer mom'.
    Palin has an operating business license for a marketing company whose name — Rouge Cou — was is supposed to be a French version of “redneck.”
    Palin’s Management Style is to Bully and Demand Political Loyalty. Palin’s tenure as mayor of Wasilla was marred by tremendous staff turnover, first when she fired most of the top staff — including the city’s librarian — because she questioned their loyalty, and then later when staff quit because of her micromanaging style. Wasilla even lost the opportunity to hire a police chief because he said the job seemed too political.

    September 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Already Afraid of November 5 Anarchy

    I'm really afraid for the safety and security of my country... I mean, when Democrats lose this election cycle (and make not mistake, Obama WILL lose), will the members of the ObamaCult riot and burn down cities and throw rocks at police and claim once again that the election was "stolen."

    September 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Scy

    About 15 min ago she just announced we may have to declare war on Russia. oh PLEASE lets put McCain in the White House so we can just put America out of the world's misery. These people exceed any definition of "crazy."

    September 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. collinon

    this one really looks like dad and son.

    September 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    Am I the only one who noticed that Senator Obama wore a flag pin and McCain did not? . . . that is until a nice man in uniform noticed and pinned one on him. Hopefully that will get the "silly" people to stop with the petty stuff and get back to the issues.

    September 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. This Democrat Is Committed To McCain / Palin !!!

    No Obama !!!! . I Have A Great Respect For Former President Bill Clinton , And Hillary , But Obama Is Too " Green " To be Considered For President Of The Unied States . Our Party Has failed Us . The Country Needs An Exprienced Leader , And Commamder In Chief Now ,

    Democrat For McCain / Palin 2008

    Obama Just Doesn't Have What Is Takes , Wish Hillary Would've Gotten The Nomination For Our Party !!!!

    September 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Obama the Leader

    I am starting to like that Obama fellow more and more. This just goes to show you the character of him. I wish him success in November because this country needs someone that will unite us even if we don't always agree on the issues!

    Go Obama/Biden!

    September 11, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. No2RepubGimmicks

    I'm not gonna lie... I like both Obama and McCain for different reasons.... too bad THEY can't be President and vice president. I think they would compliment each other.... I supported McCain in 2000, but I can't realistically vote for putting another set of Repubs in office... things are just not going well.

    September 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Even Dan Quayle was a better choice!

    Where was she today?? Oh, home sending her son off to fight the war of gods will.

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

    CNN is keeping Sarah Palin Honest... I'm keeping CNN, and the Dem's: "Honest". This Election will about, "Getting it Right"... This time!

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

    Okay. But again Obama made a pledge and did not keep it.
    It is stated they pledged to not do any political actions today and he had lunch and a press conference with Bill Clinton. How is that not a political action? What a jerk lair.

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

    Again, the nasty comments from liberals. Do you people realize that Biden has as much of a chance to take over the presidency as Palin? not only "old" people die, or are you living in a dream world? If Obies ego had let him choose Hillary, we would not need to worry. Even Biden says she was the better choice! McCain/Palin 2008. I changed my lipstick to RED to irritate Dems.

    September 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. American Airman

    I think this really shows the spirit of John McCain's speech when he said that he and Obama are both Americans and that is a bond no matter what they each might think.

    I think both of them should be commended on this day for being able to put politics aside and focus on the remembrance of this tragic day for our nation.

    To those of you that have taken this opportunity to smear either of these candidates, shame on you. People complain of divisiveness in our country, and you are the ones that feed this disease.

    Today, America Remembers. Tomorrow it is game on again.

    September 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Toni

    Has anyone noticed the new commercials on border identifications? It's getting lost in all the hubbub.

    September 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. DJ Los Angeles

    Poor McCain is getting too old to last 4 years as President...which leaves Private Ryan and many others to ponder the very real frightening thought of Sarah Palin running the White House.

    September 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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