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. Michael Templer

    don't take shots at the candidates today

    if they can be hands off so can everyone else.

    if you can't support your candidate without taking a shot at the other candidate

    it says a lot about your candidate and more about you

    In talking to a friend the other day I was told she would vote for a true American

    I asked what does a true American look like she didn't want to answer

    I am one American who twice in the primaries of 2000 and 2008 has supported Senator McCain

    I am supporting Senator Obama in the General

    and although I am not with John McCain, I love the man

    but I have to go a different way

    This nastiness on both sides especially on the McCain side is very unfortunate because it says this is the only way to be president.

    September 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Carol

    No, that's not Obama's grandfather.

    It's the ghost of politics past.

    September 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Remember, the study of atoms is our National Security. With it, you can developed advanced tools of weapons.

    The Internet, microwave, MRI and everything else was developed through research at FermiLab.....

    LIke I said, you can fight all you want in wars, but it aint going to help us with National Security if we LOSE the war in other areas that fuels the economy.....

    It's time to give the rein to the Democrats..

    September 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. pam

    Obama – born leader. Even McCain follows Obama's lead.

    September 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Mike

    We Americans need to carefully consider our vote. This is no light matter and is a great civic responsibility. Get beyond the grousing and sniping and review the issues. And remember that we are not just electing our President, but the man who will represent our country to the rest of the world. Intelligence is not arrogance and arrogance is not intelligence.

    September 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It's time for McCain/Palin to talk about the issues and bag looking for the "next cliche." And Palin had better start talking to the press before the press starts talking about her!

    The press giveth and the press taketh away!

    September 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Trivia


    Did I leave any out? Please feel free to continue the trend.

    September 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. carbue

    The Obama campaign needs to quit with the lame lies about Michelle. In Chicago huh? Cause her kids had their first week of school??

    face it...the Obama campaign knew Cindy would be there..knew it would be awkward for Michelle not to be there with all the problems she has as far as how she feels on the country (9-11 Michelle??) and thought nobody would call them out on the lies they tell about she can't be there. Obama hiding his wife-he's ashamed of her and so is the campaign-or could it be something else??
    Every week Michelle does campaign events on Wed and Thursday and stays overnight too! She had the girls with her in L.A. last week overnight.
    guess this wasn't her thing.

    September 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. The Great One

    I wish Mcain can be honorable all the time.

    September 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. laura from canada

    Where is Michelle Obama? With the young children? Why complain about Palin's family taking her away, when the potential first lady can not even make this important date?

    September 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Rick

    "economic justice" is a term frequently used by Obama.

    "Economic justice" simply means punishing the successful and redistributing their wealth by government fiat. It's a euphemism for socialism.

    September 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Robin

    It's good to see them acting as statesmen and not children in a school yard for a day.

    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Where's McCain's Flag Pin?

    McCain forgot to wear his American flag lapel pin on 09/11?

    I hope Republicans can finally shut up about silly things like lapel pins that have no effect on the issues facing the country.

    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. RO

    It was not surprising to find out that Obama was the one who approached McCain about the joint appearance.. didn't think McCain would have thought of that idea. Bravo to Bloomberg for being instrumental in this endeavor. Today is a day to honor the fallen, not the political fight.

    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. joebloe

    Be aware that reports are coming in of "absentee ballots" being sent to Independent & Democratic voters in battleground states from the McCain campaign. I don't know if this is true, but if it is, it represents election fraud.
    I say this to make people aware of election material being sent to them and make sure it is legitimate.

    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Morgan

    It's nice to see these two together to put the memories of fallen Americans first and Ground Zero and later in a forum to address National Service. Let us remember all the community organizers at heart that went to help after this tragic event as well.

    September 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. ET from OMAHA

    Beaking news

    Sarah palin will declare war to Russia if russia attacks another neighbor country.

    McSame O8. The end of the world.

    September 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Cathy

    Lou: I totally agree!!! As Obama said ALL Americans put their country first!!!! Let get back to what really matters...economy, healthcare, Iraq,women's rights, etc...!!!

    September 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Imagine that, Obama meeting his advisary with out pre-conditions.

    Great move!!!

    Tomorrow, ignore the Organ Grinder and his Trained Monkey…..remind everyone that "IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID…..all this other crap is nothing more than a Republican distraction to waste time and ignore the REAL issues.

    September 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Arielle Yanaba

    This shows the true leadership of Barack Obama, and the fact that he reached out to have this joint apperance! I love my President!

    September 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |

    It would appear that Obama is the one to reach across the divide. Especially, the day after that hateful Republican Nazi Convention ended.

    Very Presidential, Mr. Obama.

    September 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Jadie

    Quiet everybody.....Karl Rove must be sleeping. lol

    September 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Get Real

    Great idea Obama. It's nice to see McCain take a pause from the fight as well.

    September 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. jdoug262

    go Chafee go!!!!!

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