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. James Cox

    Obama is blowing McCain away. I can't wait for them to debate and I know that the better candidate is on stage right now.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. DREW79

    Another great Idea Scholarship for teachers willing to teach in failing schools

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Colt

    I am just getting in on this but..

    If Obama and McCain reference each other and ideas that they agree with... I don't think that is a good thing for either campaigns.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Jessy King

    Roland that is a great question

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. lostinthemadness

    How can we expect our young people to serve when they are being place in situations such as wars that are predicated on blatant lies. Shouldn't those that served be told the truth about why they will be sacrificing their lives. Most of the young folks out there defending this great country of ours are poor why the rich folks are making the rules. Few of the rich military members are actually doing the grunt work instead they are busy hiding the truth. Again, one who is so cynical at this point. What is the purpose of this forum?

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. FrancescaY

    Senator John McCain talk about how he is going to extend military, get more fund for the Peace corp., America corp, and possible created new programs that has to do with service. Those ideas are great, but McCain campaign is about lowing taxes. What I want to know? Is why didn’t your correspondent asks a follow up question? Such as, How you are going to pay for these programs without raising taxes?

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. John

    Even do Obama heard the questions before coming out here its very clear here someone is more thoughtful before answering a question.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. A. Bellak

    What's Bay Buchanan doing there ? Why didn't you also invite a democrat strategist, like Carville or Mrs Brazile ? Mrs Buchanan seems to watch a different forum than we are.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Kathie

    Thank you Senator Obama for recognizing the Foreign Service, and USAID. As the mom of a Foreign Service Officer the validation is appreciated.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. ncgma

    Mr. McCain sounded great this evening, right on with all the questions, I was very impressed.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Misha

    Roland, please you need to listen to what Sarah Palin said on Charlie Gibson's interview.Oh my goodness.You will be shocked. Tell your cnn team there they need to scrutinize all irrelevant replies she gave to Charlie Gibson. This will be news tomorrow.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Excellent point Nick......just ask Paris Hilton .......didn't she promise to use her celebrity to do some good in Africa after she had "do time" for her D.U.I.?

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. DJB

    Roland, how disrespectful and rude! To the Lt. Col.! Would you have said that if he had been a supporter of the other candidate?

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. twila

    what happened to objectivity in the media. The media especially CNN runs the same tired speech that Paln gave at the GOP convention, she is lying this has been proven by many different sources including CNN and she is still seen lying over and over again, I thought that the media was supposed to be the watch dogs, Not the Lapdogs!!

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Richard Foy

    I have been amazed at how people can believe that a person, regardles of race or gender, can lead the most powerfull country in the history of mankind with vertually no experience and didn't even grow up in America. I firmly believe that if you have not had any military experience or a family history of military experiece, you do not have any concept of how to defend freedom or what that takes. If you have not witnessed the horrows of not having freedom; i.e., Russia, China, Vietnam, Iraq, Africa, Korea, Germany you can not understand at what lengths we must go to maintain our freedom. You can not defend freedom with ships, airplanes, bombs. It takes, people. Look at Iraq. All the might of the US can not eliminate a huge number of casualties until the people take charge.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. David Anderson

    It is clear to me from his choice for Vice-President that John McCain is under pressure from the advisers to George Bush who have run this country into the ground with their Darwinian economics. The task for Barack Obama is to convince the undecided voters that he is not a socialist who believes that the government should run the country, that he is for strong national defense, that he is for energy independence, that he is for reform of the health system, that he is for immigration reform, and that he is not indebted to the traditional supporters of the Democratic party, like the teacher's union, trial lawyers, and other similar groups. If he can do this, he will be elected because America is fed up with Karl Rove and his kind.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Jessy King

    that is what I have been saying this whole time

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. RAY PADGETT

    LOL ... A wonderful idea Roland .... Wonderful

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Tom from NJ

    Why is Obama being asked these cushy, feel good questions, with inserted negativity by the commentators; one of which said an article of Obama's plan is in this week's Time magazine? These are stupid questions that defeat the purpose of this so called discussion.

    Also, this isn't a litmus test to determine his qualifications and abilities to lead OUR country but a good old down home type gab fest that America does not need to hear for this very important election!

    This is a complete waste of America's time!

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Loyal American123

    ask if the 2 candidates w9ill be willingf to denounce any and every Plum Book applicant who cheated, ever, on Social Security taxes.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Kimberly

    Does Obama come across Angry and Fake? Just my observation!

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. trudy

    Why is there a Republican Strategist in here but no Democratic Strategist?

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. lizzy

    I can not believe that for the most part I have stumbled upon a forum with intelligent and thoughtful comments.....how great is this?!

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Curtis

    What I've heard tonight is John McCain telling me that military service is the only true way to serve your country while Obama is saying that making the lives of your fellow Americans better and/or safer in any way is service.

    I agree with Obama's platform.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Liz

    More people died on the the streets of Chicago last year then on the battlefield in Iraq last year.

    September 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163