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. Andy

    Barack, I mean President Obama NAILED IT. I sense a momentum shift never to be reliquished.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. tickercandy

    It kind of makes you wonder…

    Both these guys have been dumping on their own jobs in the Senate (Obama: Mayors work, we “yack.” McCain: you get “divorced” from real people’s problems.) Why do they all stay there for decades?

    ok, don’t answer that.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Doug-Pawling

    Judy in Pa-
    The problem is the bad guy always gets the girl!

    You see how he treats her when he gets her!

    Just like a women of Abuse they keep coming back for more!

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Mark

    Why did McCain get the full hour and Obama got 40 minutes??

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Ed from Tampa

    Question – what did you hear tonight that changed your mind or help you make a decision, if anything?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Jacob in detroit

    Hello,

    its seems like media and Mccain camp wants to talk about the Lipstick comment. can you talk about the problems real people facing right now. especially in Detroit and Michigan and tri-state area.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Jo

    Why wasnt Michelle Obama at ground zero today 9/11?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Steve K

    NO NEWS here tonight

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

    in the end no new news, other than Columba needs ROTC back?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Linear090

    Candy Crowley, I LOVE YOU! :-)

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

    Bay- why would you support mccain? why would any woman support mccain? I guess you don't like to be paid equally for equal work. Women for McCain is RIDICOLOUS!

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. deborah, WV

    Obama's right about young people that want to serve our country and their abilities. I am presently working with a young student teacher in Huntington WV that is impressive in his maturity and desire to work hard to serve the young students that he hopes to teach.
    He is also an Obama supporter, as am I, and we are both excited to work for the Obama campaign in our area. Obama's message of Change and service registers with all age groups

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Teddy

    What will work? Did Bush's plan work?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. zina

    Obama is wonderful with the specifics tonight!

    Roland/Bay – What do each of you think of his defense and critique of the Republicans Convention's belittling of community organizers?

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Leslie McCloud

    I really think Sen. Obama was excellent in tonight's forum. It was almost based on principles he promotes and details in his campaign speeches. I am behind him !00 percent. I cannot wait until he is president.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. cashflow

    If we cut all the PORK Projects that we do not need on both sides, stop paying the lobbists half a million dollars a piece to vote their way.
    Like Palin payed a lobbyist to help get her that bridge to nowhere...before she decided she way against it – - – but kept the money anyway......we can afford to fix America's infrastucture, pay teachers a decent wage....and so much more! There are more than 1700 lobbyists for 465 Congress members! People use your head!
    McCain is a third term for George Bush! Look at the facts – this Country cannot afford to have McCain as president. Were really in trouble as a Country...I'm a white 53 year old republican (female) and I'm voting for what;s best for my grandchildren to come!

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Chris from Va

    Candy and Bill, how does Obama come across as detailed and genuine? He changes his accent on where he is speaking... Last time I checked he wasn't from the South! John and Sarah are more substance than Obama. Where has Joe Biden been? Keeping his biggoted views under wraps! Who is hidding now???

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Richard Waite

    I have not read the lengthy string of comments above but have been meaning to write to thank Roland and Jeff(rey) for calling Bay Buchanan (the other night) on the reasons for questioning Sarah Palin.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Diane

    I'm so tired of the media. I wanted to throw up listening to all the crap about the lipstick comment. God, it had to be debated for two days, like there was nothing more important. What crap. Let's get to the issues. You are not fair and balanced, you do whatever to get viewership on your station, and readers on your website. I guess you think the American public is pretty stupid and can't see through your bias.

    If the media wouldn't have made such a big deal about the lipstick comment, IT WOULD NOT BE A BIG DEAL. Your headlines read like it was intentional against Palin, knowing that was just not at all true. The unfortunate part of that is that the country is full of idiots that don't read the article. They form opinions based on scathing headlines THAT YOU PRINT TO GET RATINGS/READERS.

    I don't believe the polls that say McCain is ahead. I think it depends on how they are taken, and they are done in such a way to make it appear so. It's well know the media is largely controlled by the republicans, and it's so obvious it makes me sick.

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Sportsbabe

    Sen. Obama was perfect.
    He had nothing disparaging to say about his opponent. As usual, can't say the same about McSame.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. Tiffany, Atlanta

    Opportunities for everyone and not just the privilege! Obama what are you thinking? Surely the republicans don't want to hear that!

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Texico From Mexico

    Why is CNN so biased towards the GOP? i thought they had their own network called FOX?

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

    I agree with Obama encouraging a sense of unity. His determination to bring this sense of unity to the international community will also serve us well. American seems to be involved in operations that breed enemies. We need to get back to building partnerships.

    September 11, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. jill

    If McCain/Palin wins....I may just move to Canada..I cant take another 4 years

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

    David- McCain genuine? PLEASE- " Change " was Obama's slogan – McCain is anything but genuine- He's a conspiring " COPYCAT" two faced and "reaching " by his VP selection of S. Palin Reaching his way AROUND the issues of this nations " real " everyday people that MCCain knows nothing about. HE's FAKE-

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