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. wannabeobamagirl

    Reagan...your comment is a disgrace. Shame on you.

    September 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Amy from MI

    Just like Obama, to reach across the aisle......
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Molly September 11th, 2008 6:24 pm ET
    "Too bad the obama group cannot just wish GOV Palin well and get on with the campaign. WHY all the trash talk of her????"

    And of course, we have someone taking this time to trash talk about trash talking, and me trash talking about someone trash talking the trash talk. But I wonder why she would be so hypocritical to go and launch this trash herself, as if she is being nice.

    (two negatives (hers x mine) make a positive, so this one by math equals a positive post)

    September 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Jeff

    What we want to know though is about the Affair between Palin and her husbands ex business partner! Also, is it true that she supported survivalist groups in Alaska?

    September 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Tony

    It's nice to see that some Republicans are trying to distance themselves from McCain and Palin. Common sense is prevailing or else they are just trying to save their own butts.

    September 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Jack September 11th, 2008 6:28 pm ET

    Funny – the only NEGATIVE comments here come from the obama group – that great UNITER! The guy of Change.

    Hi Jack, you obviously paraphrased quite a few posts, including your own.

    September 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. hilarious

    The 9-11 day off means nothing to one party when they have the likes of CNN running enquirer-esq slander for them. This network is showing itself to be a blatantly biased and uncredible news source lately.

    Just looking at the recent articles and commentaries on the CNN website...

    A. You look desperate.
    B. Journalistic integrity? Yellow journalism?
    C. The Bias is about as obvious as Al Jazeera
    D. If you had any brains you would at least be more tactful in reporting on that god-awful "redneck" "far-right" "liar" etc. Sarah Palin.

    Even the 9-11 article? Wow.

    I wonder if the mods will post this. Most likely not.

    Lets hope the better man wins!

    September 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. liz

    From the picture above
    Obama is telling Mccain that; look here man if u dont stop all these lies about me, I will beat the hell out of you
    McCain said; i dare you, I'm just going to act like we are having a descent conversation

    September 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |


    September 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    Now I know why they are keeping palin under raps! I am watching her now, please john tell me this is a joke. This woman doesn't have a clue, she stumbled, and fluttered and stuttered and just had no idea about anything. Like come on mccain, it truly is just about you winning cause after listening to that painful interview I'm amazed she got elected gov. No way is she ready to be VP. No how, no way.

    September 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. A Fed Up Democrat

    Finally a day without all this Hypocrisy and Lies. I vote that 2 months before the election there will be no more campaigning I am tired of it already. Good Luck to both candidates. Repugs and Demos quit acting like you are not scared because of this election. EVERYBODY IS ON PINS AND NEEDLES. Some people have shown there true Colors in this campaign season. God bless those souls that were lost on this day GOD BLESS.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    Reagan: And, Bush is helping Obama's grandfather to stay in those caves...

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Carol


    Don't feel sorry for Palin or her son.

    He joined the military to beat a drug charge.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Eric in Ohio

    It looks like Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Missouri will be deciding the election. It will be interesting to see if the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or step out and go a new direction.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Tom in Delaware

    Guess this will have to do in lieu of the 10 Town-Hall meetings that Obama broke his commtment on this summer.

    Hope he shows up.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. LOL

    Kind of reminds me of Trench Warfare during WW1 at Christmas. Tomorrow, the blood will run again.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Obama is correct in that there should be at least one day when civility should be the word of the day. I am sure it was hard for McCain to face Obama knowing the lies and attacks that he has unfairly issued.

    We don't need the Republican Party or McBush to get us out of the mess THEY got us into!

    Simple.... are we better off today than when Bush came into office? I don't think so unless you are the wealthiest 5% of the population of this country.

    McCain/McPalin are more of the same..... with lipstick!

    Obama all the way!

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Omeili

    It shows that obama want what is regarded as fair game in sports. A brother like politics, not do or die way of the past.

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Jason

    To hurriCAIN PALIN,

    If America realizes anything soon, it will be amazing to me. Pride, pomp and overspending will continue to be her downfall, as it has been for many empires in the history of the world.

    I wouldn't want to elect a hurriCAIN if it's anyting like a hurricane, since hurricanes cause billions of dollars of destruction and unnecessary death (kinda like the current administration has done).

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. anyonmous

    hey voter dont blame republican for getting in the white house blame ohio

    September 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. John McCain

    I left my Flag Pin at Sara Palin apartment, sorry guys i will try and wear it tomorrow....USA....USA....USA...USA

    September 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA

    Experience to me can also be translated as "stuck to the old ways" and in that respect I'd gladly extend my vote to a "less experienced" Obama if it meant a breath of fresh air about how we view things. Let's stop this habit of constant fear and stupid idea that Democrats cannot protect this country. That is ludicrous!

    OBAMA|BIDEN '08!

    September 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Tony

    If anyone saw the interview with Sarah Palin on ABC News on 9/11, tehre should be NO DOUBT taht this woman has no clue what she is doing. Charles Gibson should be ashamed to call himself a journalist for tip toeing around the question with Palin.

    He did not push for answes to his questions, let Palin get away with not knowing what the BUsh Doctrrine is, accepting an answer on energy when asked if she were ready to run the country,

    It was a pathetic interview, Palin was treated with kid gloves, and it was obvious taht part of the interview was edited.

    Wake up America, this woman may become not only VP, but President.

    September 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Dave

    Ain't no time to hate. We are ALL Americans and should stand, as one, against extremism.

    September 11, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Greg

    I get tired of the libs talking about the failed policies of Bush. Pelosi and Reed have had 2 years to help the economy and the supply of oil, but we still have had no meaniful resolution and an inept Congress and Senate whose poll numbers are worse than Bush's. Unfortuneately most demoncrats react with emotion instead of thinking and using their brains. The only thing thats going to get drilled while Pelosi is Speaker is a lot of men in her home district.

    September 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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