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. Audrey

    I don't understand how ANYONE could not agree with this man's policies.

    Republican's/conservatives have a complete different world view. I just don't understand.

    Obama's policies and views are SO universal. How could you not cheer it on?

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

    Obama certainly took the high road in his response to being bashed for his time working in community organizing. Wish the McCain campaign would extend the same decorum in this election.

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

    Mccain did not give any specifics to any question that was asked. All he is concerned about is military, military...........watch out america

    I am so sick of him talking about his service. i have to change the channel. I can't stand looking at him and listening to him. He just does not get it. Who cares what you did then what are you going to do for america and me now. get a grip mccain

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

    Jopat..he has no choice but to go into more detail..because after 18 months..people are still saying they dont Know Barack..So sit back and listen and get to know him...By the way Sara Palin just came into the game..but I dont see people saying they dont know her..I wonder why

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

    BK, did you feel the same way 8 years ago about Gore?

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

    All IT jobs are going to India and our people are being replaced by H1B Visa holders. How would any presidential candidate ensure that our children have the proper motivation to go for IT Education when all jobs are going to India and our engineers are loosing jobs here as H1B visa people are willing to work for half the money?

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

    WHY didn't the moderators get McCain and Obama to commit TONIGHT to continuing a civil tone for the rest of the campaign?

    They should have forced them to go on record on this night and commit to ending the sniping and personal attacks and stay focused on the campaigns.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Justin Gagnon

    How rude to say this wont change a vote? Americans arnt stupid, less than two months to go, yes this could change a vote. Remeber a McCain supporter is a vote for him. An Obama supporter is a vote, and a donation and a volenteer.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Brad from Arizona

    Bay is correct – neither this nor Saddleback will change any votes. But hopefully it will get some of the undecideds to gravitate to one candidate or the other. I'd prefer Obama based on tonight's ideas.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Brad in PA

    Roland, that is a good question. Republicans talk a lot about cutting taxes; however, how many would be up to an extra tax that goes specifically to increased pay benefits for the military? I’m in the Navy and I am disappointed in McCain in the way he has treated increased benefits for the military especially the largest increase in military educational benefits in or generation.

    As a member currently serving in the navy, I can’t vote for someone, irrespective to their prior armed forces affiliation, who doesn’t support the men and women who makes it possible for him to have the right to deny us the right to higher education.

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

    and they said that a coin was flipped so it could have just as easily have been McCain listening to Obama

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

    Watching the discussions and have noticed that McCain was answering the questions directly and it sounds like Obama is talking around the questions and not answering direct.
    It sounds like it will cost us a lot if Obama is in the office and it scares me with the talk about him liking the unions.

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

    Obama is just a show with salesmanship. I hate the way he describe sexism but the first to scream racism. Bring back HILLARY!!

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

    take away mcains service in the military. what else does he has to offer. take away palin beauty. what does she have to offer. mcain can offer 90 percent of agreeing with bush. palin can offer a speach that she reads over and over again since RNC. i can not wait for the debates . GAME ON

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

    i wish ppl would not be soooo closed minded. i just dont understand. if we look at the economy everything is so expensive. we were handed a bunch of garbage and now we are in 2 wars and Gov Palin stated at the beginning of the program that we will probably be in another war (WOW) ask any military person now serving their 3rd tour of duty if they would want to go fight in another war. A blind person can see who benefited from this war. if we have 4 more years of this we will be in a depression for sure

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

    Wow, he inspires me. I'm sitting here thinking what can I do to serve my community!!! And Roland, your challenge is something I'm willing to take on!

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

    Does Obama always speak in very short sentences? Maybe he should have requested a teleprompter. Did anyone watch the O'Reily factor? I am a democrat and just can't bring myself to vote for this guy. Not that I am a big fan of McCain either. Is is to late to get someone else?

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

    He's finally inspiring me ! Finally I understand what all the fuss is about!

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

    HUSSEIN is his name. DO you really want this man leading your country????

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Matt Poynter

    Obama appears to be evolving and learning from past experiences.

    If he can use this to pivot off of and hammer his message this will be a different race next week..

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. sjprugh

    Obama really exhibits a soul of service.

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Silene Young

    jopat – How can you say that? Obama is giving clear, detailed explanations of issues. Just the fact that you want to vote for a "superstar" in this election shows us where the problem is. We are supposed to vote for people based on issues, intelligence and capabilities, not appearance and not stardom!

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Dewayne Armstrong

    I too am utterly disturbed at why the media keeps enormous political coverage of Palin's star status. You all should be composing all her and McCain's lies in your segments and ask the so-called evangicalistic and christian communities why they are condoning and supporting out-right liers? Then, ask them: If McCain and Palin will debase themselves in lying in an attempt to fool the American Voters for this election, What happens when they get your vote? Lying thiefs for the Big Oil Companies in the Temple!So, I am asking all those who call themselves religious and faith-based: Is Palin the public voice for all you believe in? And, does this out-right lying support your views and God's will?

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. James

    Why is there a republican strategist in this forum but no one for the democrats?

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Ditto the Stepford V.P. Comment. ENOUGH said!

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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