Some political ads to pause on 9/11
August 16th, 2012
07:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Some political ads to pause on 9/11

(CNN) - The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, as well as at least one of the major super PACs supporting their candidacy, will not run television commercials on September 11 this year, the campaigns and organization confirmed Thursday evening.

Priorities USA Action, the primary pro-Obama super PAC, also said Thursday they will not run spots on the day. A spokeswoman for the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future did not immediately respond regarding Restore's advertising plans.

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In 2008, candidates Obama and Sen. John McCain paused their campaigns on September 11 and jointly visited Ground Zero in New York City in commemoration of the 2001 attacks.

While in New York earlier this year, Obama visited the site of One World Trade Center and signed a beam which was recently installed in the tower.

In April, Romney and Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City at the time of the attacks, marked the one-year anniversary of the 2011 raid which killed Osama bin Laden by delivering pizzas to New York Engine Company 24, which played a central role in the 9/11 response.

The campaign ad suspension was first reported by The New York Times.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney

    Good for them. That is a time when Americans should come together.

    August 16, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. rdbeard

    So if I understand this correctly. If I am audited by the IRS, all I have to do is say I paid all my taxes, trust me?

    August 16, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Lizzie

    Really, the Obama reelection campaign said it would not run ads the days after the Colorado movie house shooting, and low and behold what did they do. RAN ADS.

    August 16, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    We were attacked for politcal reasons. Why suspend campaigning? Is it a national doliday? No. has it ever been? No.
    It is a work day and don't politicians take enough of those off already.
    You want the job- work for it!

    August 16, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. CanadaONE


    Obama 2012
    Clinton 2016

    Romney moves to Cayman Island 2017

    August 16, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. CanadaONE


    Ryan moves to Iran 2018

    August 16, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How magnamous of them to do that. Will it really mean anything to some people? I don't think so.

    August 16, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Good idea and thanks to the President we don't have to worry about bin laden.
    If it had been up to the twit he would still be alive plotting against the US. For a man who has so much money and has made so much money from others misfortunes he sure is a spineless coward when it comes to acting for the good of the country. Your sons are safe. They have never picked up a rifle to fight for their countries. All's well in the car elevator mansion of the family.

    August 16, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Walter Jasniewski

    Advertising, but what about all the crap, lies, and rhetoric? We all wanted that suspended period, but if politicians weren't allowed to lie, they would never speak again.

    August 16, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Great !

    Why every time I go on You Tube I get a bombarded with Mitt Romney ads .

    It was better when he was spending his own money like he did back in 2008.
    His ads all have the same daddy issues content of a guy with is passage aggressive .

    Whats funny is most kids se right through his BS.
    Mitt is like that guy on that banking commercial that gives one little girl a pony and the other a toy plastic pony.

    August 16, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. PJ

    All super-pacs should have joined in this without hesitation. If they have to think about, they aren't Americans.

    August 16, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. mercfan

    What does Restore Our Future need to think about? If they do run their ads, people will flip out about it. It's a Lose-Lose situation.

    August 16, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. blow hard

    Restore Our Future is probably preparing an ad talking about how Obama is planning on making a deal with muslims if re elected... they are just that classless.

    August 17, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  14. MrManhattan

    Bush used footage of himself standing on the still smoldering bodies of 9/11 victims as a campaign ad. The Republicans placed their 2004 convention in New York to use their failure as a billboard, despite the danger, since Bush had let Bin Laden live at Tora Bora, and had done little to combat Al Quada.

    Now they want to criticize the President who stood up to Pakistan, and the Bush's business partners the Saud and Bin Laden families?

    August 17, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  15. Al from NY

    In private equity, the end justifies the means. That end is always money.........In government service the means justify the end.......Romney does yet understand that simple notion......release the tax returns so we can get the basics behind us and then have a real debate on the means.......

    August 17, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Good for you Mr. President. Class act as usual.

    OBAMA 2012!
    But speaking of negative ads, I keep hearing Richie Rich crying about big bad Obama attacking them but the only ads I have seen over the past month are Willard ads attacking the POTUS. Hypocrisy and mendacity at its finest.

    August 17, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |

    Kudos gentleman. I frankly don't care. But I don't speak for 300 million people. What I do care about though are blatant lies in Willard's campaign and the lies coming from his SuperPAC. They've got some bogus fake movie "" trying to scare the feces out of you about the President. They're still taking the President's words out of context in some of these ads. I find it downright dispicable.

    August 17, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Per FDR:

    Republicans will promise you more, bigger, and better and it won't cost you a dime. ha ha ha ha ha

    Yet Norquist/Rove have said many times they want to shrink medicare to a size where it fits in a tub an they can drown it.

    August 17, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |