June 23, 2005
"9/11 was an attack on all of America. In the hard days and weeks that followed, we came together as a City and as a country, united in our resolve not only to defeat terrorism but also to rebuild Lower Manhattan. Ever since, we have tried to keep politics out of the discussion. In all of the conversations I've had with the families and survivors of the attacks, and with the families of those service personnel lost in the war on terror, no one has ever raised issues of ideology or partisanship. We owe it to those we lost to keep partisan politics out of the discussion and keep alive the united spirit that came out of 9/11"