For the third straight election, the presidential candidates have agreed to suspend all campaign advertising on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, giving Americans a one-day breather from partisan backbiting.
The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney confirmed Wednesday that they would honor a request for an ad moratorium made by a New York-based civic group that promotes Sept. 11 as a national day for community service.
In a letter to both candidates last week, MyGoodDeed.org foundersDavid Paine and Jay Winuk, whose brother died at the World Trade Center, urged the candidates to make the day about unity, not politics.
“We are making this request … so that the families of those lost, and the nation as a whole, can dedicate 9/11 to, and focus on remembering in prayer, and honoring through service, the 9/11 victims, rescue and recovery workers and the many individuals who rose to defend our nation in response to the attacks,” the letters said.
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