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Trump, Biden take different paths on 9/11 anniversary; Collins, Gideon debate tonight in Maine
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Trump, Biden take different paths on 9/11 anniversary; Collins, Gideon debate tonight in Maine

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President Donald Trump places a wreath at a 19th anniversary observance of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. 

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden carries a wreath as he walks with his wife Jill Biden during a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — One spent time quietly consoling families.

The other proclaimed America’s might.

President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday at memorial services where their differences in style couldn’t have been more sharply on display.

As Biden approached those who’d lost loved ones at Ground Zero and shared the pain of his own losses, Trump vowed that “America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back,” speaking at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, site where hijacked Flight 93 crashed after passengers rushed the cockpit.

Biden also visited Shanksville later in the day, laying a wreath at the memorial and meeting with families, but the two did not cross paths. And while Americans were focused on the commemorations, the political significance of the visits to Shanksville was hard to ignore: Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state in the 2020 election. Trump won there by less than 1 percentage point four years ago, and Democrats hope they can return it to their column this year. Full story here:

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Senate focus: Kentucky

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US Senate candidate Amy McGrath rallies with supporters during a campaign stop at Woodland Park in Lexington, Ky, August 25, 2020. Amy McGrath will face US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Election Day in November. 

McConnell clashes with McGrath over 9/11 comments

On the eve of the anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath battled over an ad reviving her reference to the tragedy.

The exchange was sparked by the latest ad from McConnell's campaign in the Kentucky Senate race, criticizing McGrath for comments nearly three years ago comparing the feeling of seeing President Donald Trump elected in 2016 to how she felt on Sept. 11, 2001.

McGrath responded forcefully Thursday, saying she won't “get lectured on patriotism" by her Republican opponent. She noted she was on alert as a Marine pilot “in a cockpit of an F-18" ready to help defend the West Coast in response to the terror attacks and that she went on to serve multiple combat stints. Read the full story here:

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Photos: Americans pay tribute on 9/11 anniversary

President Trump, Joe Biden make appearances at commemorations

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