Obama, Romney Won't Air Ads On 9/11
There will be no TV advertising on Sept. 11 from the presidential candidates, to honor the victims of the attacks in 2001.
According to reports, the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney said they would honor a request to stop all advertising made by a New York-based group.
This would mark the third straight election for which candidates have taken a moratorium on TV advertising since 9/11.
"We believe that the focus on 9/11 should be on honoring those lost and heroic, setting aside our political differences and coming together as Americans," stated Jay Winuk, co-founder of MyGoodDeed. Winuk's brother, a volunteer firefighter, Glenn Winuk, died in the attacks.
MyGoodDeed made a similar plea in 2008 to Obama and Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain. Both suspended all television advertising. The two candidates also visited Ground Zero together. Four years before that, President George W. Bush and Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry also pulled their advertisements off the air for the day.
MyGoodDeed, founded by Winuk and David Paine, is a nonprofit group that has advocated for the permanent establishment of the anniversary of 9/11 as a federally recognized day of charitable service and remembrance.