Neither Presidential Candidate Will Attend 9/11 Ceremony at Ground Zero
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will be at Ground Zero to attend the 15-year anniversary ceremony this Sunday commemorating the 9/11 attacks, the AP reports.
While neither candidate has released their public schedule for Sept. 11, a representative for the National September Memorial and Museum said that neither Clinton, Trump, nor President Obama had told the ceremony’s organizers that they intended to be there.
There is precedent for presidential candidates to visit the former ground zero on the anniversary of the terror attacks. In 2008, the last time an incumbent wasn’t running for the White House, Barack Obama and John McCain set aside their political differences to make a joint appearance at the site in New York.
Four years later, Obama marked the event at the Pentagon while his challenger Mitt Romney thanked first responders in Illinois and Nevada.
Per custom, both campaigns will suspend their TV ads on the 11th.
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Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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