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. Bill Hodges

    Scoring points with a comment that is long over due is shameful. Every Senator should have been standing up and demanding this from the beginning of the banning at these Universities.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. mike

    sounds like big, big government if obama is elected??

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Ali Y

    Roland, your comments rock !!

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Nicole

    I think Obama has a heart, which is what our country needs especially now. I pray, we as a country, see that as well. "Change" may have been a word many haven't liked, but I do think he's stepping up to the plate by giving us more insight oh his plan. With Biden on his ticket, he will guide Sen. Obama. Hillary would have been my pick, but I'll take any "change" to the mess our country is in now.
    Thank you for your time.

    FL

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. judy in PA

    Patriotism is Love of One's Own Country, Not hatred of another.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Shawn in Iowa City

    How can McCain and the right even consider the idea of goodwill overseas given the unprecedented strong-arm policy of the administration of the last 8 years?

    An analogy for consideration:
    Take three people from a poor, underdeveloped and low education nation. The first one punch in the face. The second one hand some textbooks, a couple of meals, clothing, and medicine. The third one first punch in the face and then give everything the second one received. Now ask yourself the result:

    #1) Wants revenge and will likely extract it in some way.

    #2) Accepts the gifts and betters themselves financially, physically and mentally thus effecting themselves, their families, their friends and their progeny.

    #3) You get someone who wants revenge AND get accused of aiding and comforting the enemy, which causes you to be sent to Guantanamo Bay where you will be charged as an enemy combatant, not see the light of day for 5-6 years and probably be waterboarded and forced to endure 'kinder, gentler' forms of non-torture.

    Sorry, John, you can't have #1 for 8 years and suddenly expect the results of #2 for being a humanitarian. A very nice, if misguided, pipe dream.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Matt Poynter

    Bay,

    No offense but atleast Obama is offering a innovative plan and recognizes the problems in education.

    Senator McCain has been talking about pig and lipstick. Have seen nothing on the issues.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. mike

    the republicans were singing a different tune about service during their convention.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. DeeinNC

    FINALLY! It's so refreshing to hear Obama say what McCain won't – that militarhy service is not the ONLY way to serve one's country and distinguish yourself as a leader.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Larry

    Glad to see Obama say RECRUITERS should be on College sites...I think that is a plus for him....

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Shannon

    Kiddos Roland!

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. Wayne M

    Gee I'm sorry I didnt serve in the military my 20 years of working with juvenile offenders and abused kids just doesnt matter and I guess working with gang members doesnt take fortitude- just a wimp job is was

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Tom

    Not that it is a big thing, but who the heck let McCain wear a blue shirt on TV!!! Never looks good on TV

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Kujo

    Yes Bill S. (Obama's emphasis on energy her eis very smart)

    but by this time tomorrow, the news will not be reporting on insight like this, it will be talking about what one candidate said about the other.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Liz

    Still never answered the the question.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. David

    Obama is an "empty suit." Macro-level speak with very little detail or content. When asked the difficult questions his confidence drops and his polish wears off.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Mississippi Man

    Roland, my vote is for you to do the next debate. As a big fan of the late Tim Russert, I think that says a lot.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. James, TX

    Regardless of your political stripe, i think everyone can agree that these two are strikingly different in their personalities and world view. It's stack bare in the answers they are giving and i agree with candy that these kind of forums don't have winners or losers, they're just eye-openers on "who" they really are.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. BK

    Obama is stubbling like crazy over saying he thought about joining the military, but there was no war.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. student

    I have complete respect for people who serve in the military. But if everyone is doing 2 years of required military service, then who is working on educating the American people about the dangers of tobacco, which is ranked as the #1 actual cause of death (in the US for 2000) and has been shown to be directly correlated with education. Or how about lifestyle modification since diet and activity patterns resulted in 15% of the deaths in 2000? There are many opportunities for service, and we need to create paths for people, in addition to the military, to serve in the way in which they are best qualified. Students who are leaving with debt are going to be motivated to find a job to pay off that debt. Why is there there only talk of vouchers, why is no one talking about limiting tuition increases?

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Bryan B.

    Military service is not the only kind of service. It is a great way to serve, but so is serving in Ameri corp or the Peace corp. Not wanting to serve in the military makes me a wimp? Sorry but I cannot agree with that. If I had no other choice but to defend my country and my home, of course I would. People should not be forced to serve.

    My example is Israel, they have compulsory Military service. I am very pro-Israel, but I don't support that.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. John

    Why wont CNN post my comments?

    How is Obama going to "inspire" military service? Once again, all talk, but not specifics.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. Jeff DuShane

    Wow, taking care of our veterans? That is such an excellent idea.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Brenda - WI

    Bob R –
    How is today's forum any different than the DNC having their convention first, and the RNC being able to watch and prepare their convention speeches appropriately? I think it's perfectly acceptable and fair for Obama to see McCain's comments, before his portion of the forum.

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. al

    Barack just said he would support the military in a conflict....didn't he go against funding the troops in Iraq during the war....

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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