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. flabbergasted

    Scripted much? Ms. Palin is clearly very good at doing, saying and being exactly what she is told to by the Big Boys in the Big League. And the Republicans dare to call this progress for women? We need a vice president, not a spokesmodel (we have Cindy for that...)

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. gerri

    Thanks for helping me make up my mind.Your moderator just did it for me,I will vote for Nader.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. freedomanjel

    Sorry y'all, Obama gets it when it comes to community service and he will bring about the change in our communities that is so desperately needed!!

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Wade

    Obama has won my vote. I want the government to be "cool" again.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. April in Texas

    People can volunteer watching a neighbors child or something or shopping for an elderly neighbor it doesnt matter how big or small the task is but its the generocity of doing something for another. People pick up on that and it can be contagious..

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. David

    I looked up Socialism in the thesaurus and it has COOL listed.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Senator Obama is much more interesting to listen to than listening to McCain's canned answers. Senator Obama truly does inspire and makes a person think about the future and what our great country can do.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Aubrey

    As a very moderate democrat, it took me a long time to get behind Obama

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. dcloye

    BK – in some ways, "we" are performing service to the country by working hard enought TO "afford" government programs.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Ed

    This most disturbing part about McCain and Palin in regards to service is their war for war's sake mentality. He wants an endless war in the Middle East and she wants to have Georgia join NATO just so we can attack Russia. These Republicans are to expensive for the American working person.

    and beside, John McCain is 5% maverick and 95% Bush league.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. From Chicago

    Guess what folks... the money for all these "community service" ideas Obama has... is going to come from your taxes!

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Tracy

    Oh Kay, YOU ARE SO WRONG! This forum will change quite a few votes, from McCain to Obama!

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Monica, Texas

    Obama's "Making Gov't cool again" was the statement of the night....

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Maggie

    Obama sounds fresh and smart and the real "change" candidate to me. McCain on the other hand, gave the "right" answers, but really without the actions to back it up – his campaign has been run very dirty and all his speakers mocked community service at the rnc. Obama definitely wins on this forum and in fact, appears very presidential.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Penny in NC

    Obama, If you could put a committee together to take on the task of healthcare for everyone, who would you ask to head this group?

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. turtleposer

    What's so bad about Barack Obama's thinking before speaking? Thinking before doing? Knowing what is going on first before deciding a course of action?

    Isn't it more shallow to spout platitudes & rigid ideology the way McCain often does?

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Sarah- ARIZONA

    obama is totally genuine David.

    dont be dizzy from obamas answers.... when theres an easy answer to a question ur not getting it right.

    things are too complicated these days.

    obama is a philosopher.. he thinks things through and makes u think abt what u should do also

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. jt-msp

    I think that Obama is right and McCain can't keep his promises and Obama can keep his word.
    Now thats in my oppinion but you might think differently.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Brad

    Candidates have mentioned service – why can't we get out welfare recepients (those that are able), to previde some form of service in exchange for their welfare? In addition to their contribution, it may also provide them with training and connections for gainful employment...

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Fabian

    I guess I came from a different stock where self sacrifice for your country means something. Where you give up the comforts of your home and family and possibly not come home one day to your loved ones. Sorry but you cant compare Peace Corps to dodging bullets in combat.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Yaz

    Kudos!!!!! Obama didn"t take the bait. Mayors in small towns and community activists roles are very important in this great land.

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. GOP for obama

    How can you guys not like this inspirational JFK figure..

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. tickerroland

    Great point, Paul!

    Wish I would have thought of that one.

    You get the gold star...for the moment.

    Who can top Paul's observation?

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. charles yancey

    Heck, I think it's more important to find out why the press has been silenced on the breaking story yesterday of Corruption within the Government employee's and the oil companies employee's – sex & drugs and illegal contracts? How could it dissapear overnight? Not a peep anywhere! We live in a country where the Government censors our news to keep themselves out of trouble – shame!!

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Eric

    David, McCain does not/has not answered the question. He plays dodge ball!

    September 11, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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