Eleven years have passed since the cowardly attacks on the World Trade Center occurred. Today, both Mitt Romney and President Obama are steering clear of politics and remembering the fallen.
Neither of the candidates has any political events scheduled for Tuesday, both have pulled all negative advertising for the day and both have issues statements on the tragedy.
“On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world,” Romney said in a statement released before his scheduled speech before the National Guard who were deployed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan has also foregone any political events saying in a statement that he believes this is a time to pay tribute to those who work to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
The Obama’s will hold a moment of silence at the White House before heading to a Pentagon ceremony. Vice President Joe Biden attends a ceremony in Shanksville, PA where the infamous “let’s roll” line started the events that prevented Flight 93 from making it to its intended target. That flight instead crashed in Pennsylvania killing all aboard.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney said that the President will be remembering those lost in the attacks and in combat since then. ”He certainly hopes and knows that Americans across the country will take a moment to reflect upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and all that our country has been through together since then.”
Although the Romney campaign has no events scheduled, the Obama campaign has former President Clinton attending a political rally at Florida International University on Obama’s behalf.