Obama and Romney agree to pull ads on 9/11

Associated Press Modified: August 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: August 15, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight election, the presidential candidates have agreed to suspend campaign advertising on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican 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 of service.

MyGoodDeed.org founders David Paine and Jay Winuk sent letters to the candidates last week asking them to make the day about unity, not politics.

Both Obama and Sen. John McCain suspended all television advertising on Sept. 11 in 2008. President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry took a break from campaigning in 2004.

Winuk and Paine say they hope that the tradition becomes permanent.