(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.
Obama is stuttering alot.
How can anyone say that McCain is to the point in his responses? Obama gives specific examples to everything he says.
Bay- you should pray it doesnt change a vote because if it did your guy does not stand a chance He is does not have an agenda other than run negative negative negative with the Rove crew. I respected McCain before he put the Rove crew on his campaign I thought he was bigger than that.
Current "slanted" CNN Headlines:
Obama: 9/11 has made us stronger?
Palin a " cocky wacko"
Palin killed the bridge, but kept the money.
I guess I am too idealistic too think that CNN will report the news.
Out of curiosity, are your censors going to censor this response.
WATCH OUT....Ted Turner.....I might ruin you....then BUY you!
On a cold dark snowy morning, I stood in a long line, with my young sons to listen to Barak Obama. He made me cry because he spoke about things I care deeply about. The next week I applied for US citizenship, hoping that I may get to cast a vote for Obama.
Today, September 11, I will became a US citizen and Obama gets one more vote. My vote cost me $675 and I will treasure each vote I cast.
He deserves my vote, the one I waited 41 years to cast. Now I need him to FIGHT so that my vote matters. I need him to FIGHT so that I can shed tears about things I care about. He needs to FIGHT so my boys can grow up in the country they deserve. Vote, Vote, Vote!
the inner city problem is the responsibilty of the family, and parents and not the government
Jopat perhaps the difference between you and many of us in here is ADD?
Hey BK – well then you go to another country like UK and canada. Look at their programs. we are the only country who do not have healthcare for all. Get a life dude.
I guess since that's not as much as Obama's 180 days she's not qualified.
homerun for obama....talking about Montana Matt is another example of his focus on unity for all Americans.
By ending the war in Iraq and raising taxes on the rich by less than 1% would pay for everything.
at least obama isn't lying about his cone of silence
Funny how "this forum is not going to change a vote" after Obama is giving good, detailed answers. Before he came on though you were ranting about how great McCain was presenting himself Bay...
I like Obama's comment!
This is a nice repreive/setting from the the divisive partisan politics that consistently gets displayed throughout this campaign by both sides and enflamed by the media.
This general focus area is one where it seems Obama and McCain share commonality. As Americans (Republicans and Democrats) we spend more time pointing fingers at the other party for what they said or what they have or haven't done than trying to find the areas where we have common ground and working from there.
Being an American isn't a zero sum game however both parties and candidates have forgotten some of the basic constructs and principles that our forefathers fought so hard for many years ago.
Fabian i would think that you owe a little more respect to our service people like our nurses, doctors firemen and police officers that ensure our safety here at home. It's not very hard to honor those in the military but you don't have to insult those who do a lot for our country here on our home turf.
Mayor...trim trees and garbage taken out?
Bay I know your party hopes that it won't change a vote. Sorry to break it, but it is going to change a lot. The lipstick on the pig and slandering his name is not enough to stop this man. Good try though. GO OBAMA!
Rudy Guilani said Biden needed to get in writing as a Vp candidate.
Did Rudy's 1st wife gwet it in writing?
Did Rudy's 2nd wife get it in writing?
I kno Judith Nathan has it in writing>
Roland, I would support a tax that would go directly to military members, but is that even remotely possible? Don't you think Washington would find a way of diverting the funds given time?
CNN is pro-Obama to the extreme. It has been said that 2008 is the year that our mainstream media died – and I'm starting to agree with that.
Once again the homepage of cnn.com is completely in support of Obama. I'm trying to get used to going to foxnews.com instead of cnn.com because of this obvious bias.
For years cnn.com has been my main news site online – but truly folks, I cannot handle this extreme bias any more.
Can we afford McCain and all his programs?
our nation will be stronger, safer,and better served after the election of nov. 4 th. we americans need to work hard every day to make this wonderful country as great as it can be, to show the world how we the people of this great nation have and will lead the world.
I think that Barack is finally getting his mojo back. He does extremely well in this forum, and frankly as an avid Obama supporter, I was a little fearful how this would go. Having John McCain as President of the United States would be a national nightmare. It is true, he has voted the Bush mind over 90% of the time. Now he is trying to rob Obama of the change mantra that has been his for over 19 months? What ever happened to experience? The McCain campaign has changed and manipulated things to do one thing, and it has nothing to do with National Service or whatever. He is willing to lie, distort facts, and cheat to become President. Get on track Barack, it is far too important for you to win this campaign.
I agree-votes aren't going to change here. But it just may influence some people to go out and do what Roland suggested. All this for the better of our country.
CNN Political Analyst September 11th, 2008 9:27 pm ET
Anyone of conscience would! One's answer determines the level of conscience they have, be they Dem or Rep.
GC in rainy West Texas