WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidential candidates are taking a break from partisan attacks, if not from politics, to mark the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have pulled their negative ads and are steering clear of campaign rallies. But both are making public appearances today.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence at the White House and laid a wreath at the Pentagon, where Obama declared, "Our country is safer and our people are resilient." Afterward, he shook hands with the crowd, including a man in a Romney campaign hat.
The president also stopped at Arlington National Cemetery and plans to visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Romney shook hands with firefighters at Chicago's O'Hare Airport and released a statement saying Americans are "united, one nation under God" in their determination to "stand tall for peace and freedom." He speaks to the National Guard today in Nevada.
Romney's running mate Paul Ryan is spending the day in his home state of Wisconsin with no public events.
Vice President Joe Biden attended a memorial service in his home state of Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked airliners crashed in the fields of Shanksville.
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