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. Liz

    If Obama can't keep the streets of his state safe, how will he keep America safe?

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. LISA

    So it's okay for Sara to kill animals. But Michael Vick goes to prison for fighting and killing Dogs. Wow American people Wake the Ump Up!

    Where is PETA now People! Hmm

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Texico From Mexico

    Someone please tell me what has McCain done for veterans like me in his 26 years? I will tell you....NOTHING! All we have is a joke of a G.I. Bill that will not even cover costs for 1 year at a state univeristy, never mind getting into a private school.

    Veterans for Obama

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Rick in Minnesota

    Roland, well stated!

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Dee

    Roland, I nominate you to be one of President Obama's advisors. You are so wise and he is too. The perfect match.

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. JAD

    Then why wouldn't he want to apply everything he just said to the military people who served or are serving our country at this moment.
    Why wait !!!! clean up the problems we have with the VA now around the country. Why should this only apply to teachers they have a union that should be supporting them.

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Karen Whittemore

    Yhe military should always have the very best medical benefits, America has to offer, always! Physically and mentally! If they are willing to give their lives...or have their legs blown off...or have Tramatic Stress Syndrome...they deserve the best medical benefits!
    Obama voted for this!

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Nathan Hale

    McCain= war hero
    Obama= friend of terrorists

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Jason

    Is there a reason why Palin is not campaigning on her own? If the Republicans don't trust her to act on her own how can the American people?

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Loyal American123

    What is taking so long for Levi to marry Bristol?

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Minpres

    Just because you are a POW does not make you qualified to be president of the united states, if anything it scares me because it is all mccain seems to care about is war, he is not concerned with the economy,education, the employment rate etc, the man is simply out of touch and if i hear that i will make them famous line again i dont know what i will do

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. dusty

    how is obama going to pay for all of these government funded groups and all the money he is proposing to spend tonight. Seems to me his answer for everything is to spend hard earned tax dollars.

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Franco Russo

    I agree this forum is mundane and is not pushing the issues like Saddleback

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Tired of the media

    Whoa!!!!! Roland, where did you come from.....how dare you blast someone who has volunteered to protect our country...not just a city where people have made a mess out of their neighborhood..... this man volunteered to protect our country. Risk life and limb for you....well, I guess being a cnn political analyst is a real ego trip for you.
    In the future I will make sure I change channels when I see your face. Your mama sure did miss out on teaching you respect and you sure missed out on any manners.....SHAME ON YOU!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Christine

    No, Roland, her pregnancy will NOT be paid for by her mother's health insurance.

    First, If you know anything about Health Insurance...the Grandmother's health insurance does not cover Grandchildren or
    married childrens' pregancies and births. Once she marries, she is off the her mother's health insurance plan.

    She is getting married. Married children can not be covered under their parents plans.

    As usually, the left wing media has not done it's homework.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Earnie

    What about McCain's call for the DRAFT! WHY WON't ANYONE TALK ABOUT THAT?

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. AL

    why does Barack stutter and say ah, ah, uh, ah so much he has to over think his answers he is burying himself in clumsy over rhetoric...

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. namit

    I think we have another war waiting with McCain Palin.. They jump to conclusions without facts. Diplomacy should always be first option rather war .. I was so disappointed mentioning another option of war from.. We have 8 years of war.. half trillion dollar debt.. 1/3rd of america is owned by others.... We are scared of chinese companies e.g unical and chevron. deal..

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Laura

    Obama is doing better than he did at Saddleback. I do feel however that much of what he is saying I have heard during all his various speeches.

    I also think that service (the act of helping your fellow man) can be found in all types of activities. Military, community, school, etc.

    Laura

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Sierra

    I lover Mrs. Palins interview. She hit me as a a strong woman with great ideas. Watched her with a group of friends and we are all excited. We can't wait to hear more tomorrow night.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. thad

    OBAMA MIGHT AS WELL BE IN HIS LIVING ROOM. IT WAS AN UNFAIR INTERVIEW. THIS WAS A HOME COURT ADVANTAGE.
    IF THIS HAD BEEN HELD AT MCCAINS COLLEGE THEY WOULD HAVE WENT CRAZY. TYPICAL JUNK BY CNN

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Steve K

    Obama heard the course of questioning before he came out. He should be more at ease.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Ohio Girl

    And regarding "shopping".....Have people forgotten so soon the stock market crash and the impact to the airline industry, hotels, travel, and SHOPPING in general aft 911? Of course President Bush had to encourage people to shop again.....our economy went into the tank due to a lack of consumer confidence! How little of him to bash Bush on that issue!

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Patricia, Philadelphia, PA

    Bay, can you say anything about Obama that is not dismissive? I mean even some Obama supporters here gave McCain credit. Its the same as Obama telling everyone Palin's family was off limits, but then they turn around and say he wants to teach kindergarten student about sex. Unbelievable sometimes.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Tianna

    Why I am voting for Obama.
    1. He is Extremely Intelligent.
    2. I love his willingness to help fund education in return for service(this will make our country better in many facets).
    3. I believe in his Energy Corp plan. We need to mobilize in order to make America truly green. The Europeans are beating us with this.
    4. He understands that our children are falling behind in Math and Science. We cannot compete with India and China. Mccain has no education plan.

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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