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. Dan

    I hope that McCain didn't just plan this forum to steal Obama's ideas to use as his own in the debates.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Carly

    S Morgan, Obama was in New York and wasn't just having lunch. You know something significant happened in New York on 9/11 too!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. James Cox

    I stopped blogging just to hear him

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Todd Heap

    Bill – "Spoken like a true Democrat!"

    He speaking about young people and last I checked "Cool" is a term used in the young community. I guess Republicans are too stiff to use the term.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Joseph

    John McCain and his crew have run the dirtiest, mosty dishonest campaign I've ever seen and somehow, they get away with it. And as more and more comes out about Gov. Palin's record and the shenanigans she pulled up in Alaska, and the lies about "The Bridge to Nowhere" among others, if this is what we want a heartbeat away from the presidency, well, I am dumfounded.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. NonNaiveAmerican

    The Palin strategy is working only because it has appealed to individuals who wanted a reason to cheer for McCain but there was not enough there to make them stand up and cheer. This includes the Republican Base. Palin gives these individuals something to stand up and cheer about, whatever that maybe. As an American I plead with everyone to not be caught up in the pomp & circumstance of this election. Mcain is running for President. Obama is running for President. Their plans for my future, your future, your childrens future and your grandchildrens future are far too important. We can not risk or afford to have a continuance of what we have had for the last eight years. You would not marry someone after knowing them for a couple of days and then bring them home and say family meet your new Mom/Dad, trust me he/she really is qualified to take care you. Now this has nothing to do with how great the new spouse may or may not be, this goes directly to the decision made by the head of household. As a member of this great Country, the great State of Texas, the great City of Katy, and the Head of my Family I should never have to be forced to accept a decision that was based on a gut feeling. Thank God Almighty we are a Democratic Nation where we have the option to cheer on a popular canditate or Vote on a Presidential Caniditate. When all the cheering is done and it is time to Vote, I pleade with my fellow Americans to look at both Presidential Canditates with explicit detail, especially their economic plans. You will see that both candidates are, now, advocating change. You will also see that there has been, and still is, only one Presidential Candidate vying for change that benefits our American Families, that Presidential Canditate is "Senator Barack Obama".
    Barack should be encourage to stay the course and keep promoting his policies for change. He should continue to be the leader we want to Vote for not cheer for. We truly need him for change in all of our lives.
    So let the Republicans focus on playing games , and cheering, while we focus on getting the Votes out for our Presidential Canditate, "Senator Barack Obama".

    NotNaiveAmerican

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Denny

    Why cant people open their eyes and see democratic candidate is the right choice for our country? The republican candidate has clearly illustrated is ideas and policies which are not going to better our country. Now he is trying to switch to make the democratic candidate look like the bad guy. And he calls that reform with his so called VP choice. This is what happens all the time. The facts are floating but we do not wanna think outside the box. Why?

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. tickerroland

    S. Morgan, cut the nonsense.

    BOTH McCain and Obama were in New York at Ground Zero. Stop ignoring today's reality.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. WakeUp

    No wonder republicans cant stand Obama, we wants to destroy the hold republicans have on this country by opening up the goverment, people really will have a say! That scares them!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Ruth

    THANK YOU, CNN, for this forum. It is the first moment of clarity and civil discourse in weeks. Keep it up. We want to listen to them, not the pundits tell us what they said and what we are to think about what they said. Tonight is like a breath of fresh air. Please stop reporting the talking points from the campaign managers and let us hear more from the candidates in moments such as this. We don't want debate, per se. We want to listen and think. And we aren't electing their managers. again, my truest thanks for tonight. It was good.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Aubrey

    Roland Martin, I know you were behind Sen. Obama the entire time, but I had to say policy wise, Hillary Clinton killed him. But honestly I did like Bill Richardson. A little bit of Huckabee and Ron Paul, not so much!!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. James

    Its not just about who's watching this live. The soundbites will be on blogs and newscasts and the cables nets for the next few days.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Paris

    Roland I wish you would come out and be upfront with people and make your support for Obama public.

    I would have respect for you then.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Ernie Funderburk

    What I'd like very much to understand is how a man, so opinionated
    and sure of himself as Barack Obama; someone who is going to
    lead us through the hazards of the early 21st century with a war
    lingering that needs to be won and market troubles at home because
    of fiscal irresponsibility and greed, has to count "leadership" of his
    current campaign as a flagship of his readiness! That's about the
    lamest thing iI've heard in the political arena in a long time.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Matt

    Community organizing in Detriot for a short period of time does not qualify someone to lead a nation. That neighborhood is not reflective of the entire country. Our issues, needs and security are far greater. The only appealing aspect of Obama is his age. His greatest deficit is his lack of qualifying experience to lead the most influential democracy on the face of the planet. My only wish would be that his followers were more concerned with the finer details than they are blinded by the hope and hipe of someone who has no experience leading on the national/internation level.

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. cj

    Great job Obama!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. FLARTIST

    This guy is what a President should be..and will be.
    President Obama!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. drill4oil

    this blog sucks

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Sojourner2008

    Lyndon from New York . . . You are soooooo right!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. ss

    You are wrong Bay.....I was leaning toward McCain. Obama answered the questions far better. I will now vote for Obama

    September 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Edward

    A lotta fluff! Platitudes and no policy from either candidate.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Barbara

    I give it *****

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. DREW79

    No way Roland I was very interested in this interview/forum. Apparantely you guys are decided on who you will vote for . You can change the channel ut those of us who havent decided yet. this is good stuff.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Vets for Obama

    My point about McCain not supporting the troops at home goes to how we feel about him having everyone pat him on the back all the time... When he was in Hanoi he no choice, survie or die... No he has a choice and he votes against Vets health benefits... This is why we are against him... Please cover this story... For the soldiers

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Kathleen

    "pal-in" comparison to Obama

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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