September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Live-blogging with The Best Political Team

Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.
Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.

(CNN) –On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama each take the stage to discuss service and civic engagement in a forum at Columbia University.

What do you think of their ideas? How does the role of service determine what kind of nation we live in? What does national service mean to you?

Along with CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, and Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, thousands of you weighed in.

Click "comments" below for a look at the entire conversation.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (4,056 Responses)
  1. kat

    Now he is pro community organizer, It is like he wants the community organizers when it suits the agenda. Like cleaning up the the mess they create!

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Danielle

    Service is so much more than just the military and protecting our country from terrorism. Service is community-based, faith-based, education-based, child welfare based. Sen. McCain sounded at the beginning like an ad for the Navy.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. MaroonTiger

    Why is CNN subjecting my to the rantings of a paid Republican mouthpiece on this interactive blog without giving equal time to a paid Democratic mouthpiece. 3 CNN analysts & 1 Republican cheerleader. That's a level playing field right?

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Martin Tease

    Once again he is giving props to organizations and people who are doing things in the community but continues to allow his campaign and his running mate to disparage the notion of Barack being a community organizer.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. D.A. Miller

    Both candidates TALK about Veterans families yet nothing is mentioned of the total disregard of spouses & families who are denied benefits if the Vet's death occurs before 10 years of receiving 100% disability. No other insurance policy does this to families.
    This is DISCRIMINATION to women IN THE HIGHEST DEGREE.
    No Senator or Representative wants to talk about this issue; the Gold Star wives have been trying for years to change this.
    WHAT WILL EITHER OF THEM DO????

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. redneck for obama

    'i will veto every prok-barrel earmark, that comes across my desk!i will make them famous and you will know their names!"

    [hence ,his vp pick. first mccain politician ,made 'famous'.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Brian Carlson

    Mr. McCain just mentioned the approval rating for Congress. I did a quick search, it took 2 mins, and it appears that his numbers are coming from the Rasmussen Report. Mr. Rasmussen received $95,500 from the Republican National Committee and $45,500 from the George W. Bush presidential campaign as a campaign consultant for the 2004 presidential election. I don't trust polls and percentages from any groups or people that are paid to make the numbers work for them.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. MD Democrat

    average folks....like those community organizers????

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Adrienne

    Did McCain really just motion to the audience when talking about rich people? Hmmm...

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Chris

    NoGOP September 11th, 2008 8:07 pm ET

    "I am really, really scared of Mccain. He is calling on more people to serve in the military in the opening two questions! He is getting ready for something really big ya'll. WAKE UP!!"

    Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran...

    You THINK your scared of McCain now...but I am just waiting until the news hits about McCain's or Bush's strategies for Iran. I think that is what he is building up troops for (that just my opinion though).

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Dale in Louisa, KY

    Roland,

    I agree with you, the term "community organizer" is not in the Republican lexicon. At least McCain is now finally talking about volunteering and domestic ways to serve. Having lived in Chicago a long time ago, I remember the violence and the hopelessness. Thanks for reminding us that the Republicans are out of touch with those who face drug and gang violence.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. Bill Schneider

    McCain's right about the volunteering. More average citizens volunteer than wealthy ones do.

    September 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. yeah right

    Wasn't Obama an average citizen when he worked in the community?

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. al/Alabama

    Why does the press let McCain get away with not giving serious answers? He always makes silly jokes and everyone just laughs and moves on to the next question. The American people deserve better.

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    -Will McCain mention community service or is he going to make fun of it?

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. David

    Bill Scheider...so what if McCain does not mention Bush. Are you suggesting McCain is just another Bush? McCain should not be compared to the pathetic realm of Bush. It is clear McCain never supported Bush. So what if he agreed with Bush on topics in the past! So did many other politicians.

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. WakeUp

    What is up with the american public, are we all just the sheep they want us to be? Im a Non Affiliated to any party, but wake up people!

    Can you honestly say you are happy with the way anything is going or has gone for the last 8 years?

    Then how is McCain up in the polls?

    I really wonder if americans are looking at the big piture or just falling for the most basic political scams?

    WakeUp America, we cant afford another 4 years like the last 8, neither can our kids!

    Oh, and the Dems better start hitting hard or they will loose this thing! The republicans have to issue lieing or dishing out low blows! Strike back Dems! Media too, you tip toe around Palin, dig deap!

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Marie

    Personally, I don't think he looks good. Does anyone know what that thing is on his face? And I don't mean to be disrespectful, I just feel we have the right to know if it is a serious medical problem, especially with our concern for his VP pick. Is he unhealthy?

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    dusty,

    "defending ourselves" meant Afghanistan NOT Iraq.

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    Wealthy Americans have the time to do more service and volunteering than others. They don't have a day job to have to pay the bills like most of us.

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Andre

    Please help me to understand the double talk I am hearing from Sen. John McCain already, he says serve the country, yet he and Palin make a joke out of Obama being a community organizer; helping people get jobs, insurance, medical care and education. I don't get it? How can I view him as honorable when he speaks with fork tongue?
    Concerned Retired Vet

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Tonde

    I wonder why the Obama camp isn't driving home that McCain-Pallin are war mongers just as Bush-Chenney

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. tickerroland

    Question that MUST be asked of McCain: If service is so great, and serving in the military is the ultimate act of service, does he support gays and lesbians serving in the military? Think about it.

    If serving in the military is the ULTIMATE ACT, then should gays and lesbians be able to serve openly in the military?

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  24. SEA

    Any documented evidence of "community service" that John McCain has done?

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Laura

    Roland;

    Your bias is showing through. Why can't you even say one nice thing about Senator McCain's working across the aisle. He has probably the best history in the Senate of doing so.

    I know you support Obama but come on...be fair. You sound like the Obama supporters who blog daily against McCain/Palin in the same manner that they did against Hillary & Bill and now he needs the Clintons.

    Laura, Boston

    September 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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