Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama And McCain Visit Ground Zero On Sept 11

The rancor of the presidential campaign will come to a pause on Thursday as Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama jointly visit Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center, in New York City. It will be the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
“All of us came together on 9/11 - not as Democrats or Republicans – but as Americans,” the pair said in a statement, the first the two campaigns have ever issued together.

Both candidates had planned to be in New York on Sept. 11 for events commemorating the attacks. On Friday, Obama called McCain to congratulate him on his convention and his convention speech the night before, according to an Obama aide. “While they were on the phone, Obama said that since they’d be in NYC together that they should go to ground zero together. McCain immediately agreed,” the aide said.

Obama campaign managers David Plouffe and McCain manager Rick Davis spoke later to work out the details and the joint statement issued today.

The statement continued: “In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils — we were united as one American family. On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones.”

The statement said they also plan to pay tribute to the firefighters, policy and emergency responders who set “a heroic example of selfless service” and for the men and women who are now serving “in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack.” source>>>

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