9/11 gives political opportunity

Presidential candidates pulled negative ads, but not their politics, to remember 9/11, reports the Associated Press. The day has given President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney a chance to make speeches and show their patriotism.

“Eleven times, we have paused in remembrance, in reflection, in unity and in purpose. This is never an easy day,” Obama said to a crowd at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

“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 written statement.

According to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted before the 2004 election, about two-thirds of voters said protecting the country was more important than creating jobs when deciding which candidate to vote for. But eight years later, the economy is the focus of this year’s presidential election.

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