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. David

    Roland, and that is the difference between McCain and Obama – McCain is genuine and Obama is...well...something less than genuine.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Kujo

    I think we all can agree, Red or Blue, that we do not want to reduce Gov Spending well at the same time address the issues concerning Americans.

    But to me, what money we do spend is much better done within our country and on projects that will improve our infrustructure (both physical and economic) then to send the money over sea's.

    In this election, this is where I see the difference in these 2 candidates.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Sue, MI

    Barack is showing great composure at not just slamming Giuliani and Sarah Palin for their hateful comments about community organizers. I really think he's taking back this campaign again!

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. gerri

    Whats the matter Bay?Cant take a little critism.No answer?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Larry Hines

    Does anybody know if any of these contestants have any plan to install hate crime laws in indiana, cause i've had many that's done hate crime towards me..and the police dont do nothing...im black and have kids..i dont want them to go through that...this question is to any analysts

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Pete

    The moderator has it wrong. The obama knee jerk response was belittling Palin for her work as Mayor, pliz get that right.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Omar NY

    jopat, maybe you got too used to Bush and Mccain, so that when someone who can articulte and express their views with specifics and in perfect detail, you can't keep up...Inellectual individuals are following a true leader.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Kim-Canada

    Roland and Bill, don't you both feel motivated to go out and volunteer in your communities right now after listening to Obama. Imagine further how he will inspire once he's president!

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. John

    YES WE CAN am sorry America will be du#m to vote for McCAIN.....

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Ohio Girl

    Roland--remember the cone and allegations that McCain cheated????? Yeah, Obama learned a few things from Saddleback all right......he learned to go second and listen to McCain being interviewed first.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. George Coles

    I am disappointed that while discussing public service that there has been no mention of long established organizations like Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Shriners, Optimists and others like them?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Saad, NJ

    Both candidates spoke very nicely regarding our military… but I wish they would for once slip in some plan and strategy to make this world a rather more peaceful place. If their plan works, we will have no need to increase our military and considering inflation, continue to increase the funding for our military.

    I know all of teh above is wishful thinking but hey… I am asking to slip that only once… afterall, we are the country rest of the world looks up to and listens to…. or at least used to!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Mark

    McCain was congenial and likeable. It's amazing to me that McCain can do a complete 180 on everything he said and ran on during the primary and now pick up on what's working with the people, Obama's message and vision, and suddenly McCain is a great reformer! How stupid does he think we are?? It's way too easy for him to get away with this crap when you have moderators that are no longer the watchdog press but are the lapdog press. To consider this forum as "news" is a sham! CNN might as well change their name to SNN (Spin News Network) their bias is showing and it's very insulting.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. ww-New York

    HELP PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES!!!!! GEE, I HOPE THE REPUBLICANS CAN NOW TELL THEIR SUPPORTERS THE MEANING OF A "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER"!!

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Martin Tease

    what Obama should have said about Palin is that her experience in the PTA which is community organization typically is the stepping stone that many begin with as they move on to higher levels of public service.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Lee

    I agree with Jopat – he seems less confident and is stealing a lot of McCain's lines here tonight. Where are his own ideas?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. mark holmes

    Mr. obama says that he wants to see more young people serve in the military.and i tryed to join.but was told i could not because i said i would not lie about my past history doing drugs.i do not use them any more been about 7 years and one year since i tryed to join .i am a saved christian man for about 5 years.will you fix this problem?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Donald Stuckey

    Now this is the best of rock Obama he gave a very good response to the small-town mayors comment made by a McCain as running mate.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Cindy

    Interesting that Obama go to hear everything McCain said....and that he is saying similar things.... Didn't this happen with Hillary?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Jen From MN

    Obama is so inspiring. Really has a great grasp on what service is and how important it is for the American people to step out and help in any way they can.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. anon

    Wow – did Obama just slam all American mayors for 'pot-hole filling and tree trimming"?

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Sanity_2008

    ==

    What's puzzling to me is the support John McCain gets from so many military personnel and vets.

    The Bush regime has basically shafted vets – medical atrocititiesat vets' medical care facilities have been widely reported and acknowledged even by Bush regime operatives – and McCain supports Bush 91% of the time.

    McCain also opposes the Webb-Hagel bill to expand the GI Bill, including educational benefits.

    Yet McCain continues to wrap himself in the mantle of "supporting the troops", and receives a major chunk of support from this segment of voters.

    Go figure...

    ==

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. Silas Dogood

    If you think about it, she really is running for President. Mc Cain has his history of health issues, he's up in age and has the potential to not make it a full term.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Teddy

    I don't think we can afford McCain period

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Bryan B.

    BK of course Obama is not going to do every single one of his programs in 4 years, McCain won't get all of his goals finished either. No president ever has. It simply is not possible. Campaign promises are goals and wish lists.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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