Presidential Candidates Urged to Suspend Campaign Advertising On September 11

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2012 | 7:11 AM EDT

A new World Trade Center skyscraper rises at the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. (AP Photo)

( - There's no room for politics on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, says a group that believes the day should be devoted to charitable service and remembrance.

"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," said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of the group MyGoodDeed. Winuk lost his brother, a volunteer firefighter/EMT, in the terror attack in New York City.

"We hope and trust that our leaders will suspend their campaign activity briefly and join with the entire nation in paying tribute through expressions of unity, remembrance and service," he said.

In letters sent to both presidential candidates, "MyGoodDeed" wrote, "We are making this request (to suspend campaign ads) so that the families of those lost, and the nation as a whole, can dedicate 9/11 to remembering in prayer and honoring through service, the 9/11 victims, rescue and recovery workers, and the many individuals who rose to assist and defend our nation in response to the attacks."

MyGoodDeed requested a similar moratorium on campaign advertising in 2008, and both candidates -- Sens. Barack obama and John McCain -- complied with the request. They also appeared together in New York City, attending a forum on public service.

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