September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
10 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. Steve K

    S. Morgan....good point

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. thad

    Can I please hear one comment from the cnn crew that is in favor of MCCAIN. You guys are so biased its unreal. You cant see the forest for the trees.
    You want a democrat in office so bad you will accept Obama???
    Vote Mccain

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. B. Harrison


    Do you have anything good to say about Obama. Come on, just one nice comment.....LOL.

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Douglas

    I wish Cnn, would do more to challenge both of the candidates instead of playing it safe. How do they feel about Father's RIGHTS ,taxes on overtime wages,property tax exemption for schools ,when you reach a certain age and no longer have kids in the school system and can not pay your property because your on a fix income .Taxe exemption for senior Citizen who collect social security.etc

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Arthur

    I am for Obama. McCain will be no different than Bush. His voting record proves it. As for being ready to lead, Palin isn't anywhere close. She was mayor of a city of 6,000 and Governor of a small state (population, not geography) for less than two years and already is being investigated. Obama was not just a community organizer, he was also a civil right trial lawyer, constitutional law professor and U.S. Senator. I see no comparison. Don't forget he has Biden as V.P. No one can possibly question Joe Biden is immeasurably more prepared to take over as President and Commander in Chief than Palin. She would have no idea what to do. A Palin Presidency would be worse than George W. Bush.

    September 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Donald Stuckey

    Obama did a very good job. He seems more comfortable than he did in the last form. He stuck to his message, and reiterated a number of his policy proposals, his campaign should be very pleased with his performance. I hope he will do the same when the debates start.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. rose

    What a copy cat...Obama repeated everything McCain said and you posted it under his picture as though it was his original inspirational idea.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Pek

    i agree. i think obama is doing really well in the forum. especially since he comes off more sincere than mccain. one thing that bugs me about the forum is that they didn't ask either candidate about the current situations involving georgia and pakistan. palin thinks that a russian invasion (or even percieved "bullying") of georgia or ukrain, would be a justifiable reason to go to war. at the same time president bush is ignoring the national soveriegnity of pakistan by launching subversive operations against alleged terrorists (resulting in the death of numerous civilians), ARE WE ALL POTS CALLING KETTLES BLACK? i would love to have heard mccain and obama discuss this.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. John


    If the issues are not being asked in this forum, why don't some of you do a better job of asking them......instead of spending 16 hours talking about the political impact of a statement someoen made.

    And when did Obama start with personal attacks? I didn't see any of you (accept for Roland) defend him when he and his wife have been called out of their name.....and where is the story about Republicans calling them uppity?

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. jonjjones

    After seeing in her ABC interview, that Plain didn't even know what the "Bush Doctrine" was, I am convinced that Saturday Night Live should get her to play herself in Saturday's opening show. The name of this comedy troupe, if I remember correctly, is "The Not Ready For Prime Time Players"!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. Maverick Democrat !!!

    Candy , You're the Greatest !!! , Sending Love For Michigan !!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Brian

    just listen to the difference between the two – how can one argue that Obama is not the better Presidential material? it's amazing to me after listening to both – it's not even close? – these upcoming debates will expose McCain's weaknesses.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Brian Green

    Interesting that you did not post my comments on McCain's spiel about 'all men created equal' yada yada in America. Is that because it hit home for you too and you prefer to keep your head and as many other heads as possible firmly stuck in the sand ?????????????

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. MB

    Roland – I so appreciated your commentary article the other day which basically said call it like you see if – if you are brave enough to say you will support a candidate and not base your decision on race or age.

    My mother-in-law was yelled at by some stranger who saw her pick up an Obama book at the store yesterday....blurting "you are thinking of voting for THAT are you?" She at 78 was so shocked and frankly scared she said in her Georgia drawl "I am still undecided" which she SO isn't, an Obama supporter from day 1.

    She said your article rang so true about people "who can't put their finger on it" as to why they don't know yet who they are voting for are coming from points of racism and ignorance and views that don't include progress or rational thought.

    Thank you!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Joseph

    What about Obama belittlering Palin as a Mayor you are all so Bais.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Jessy King

    I love Candy Crowley more!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Shannon from Oklahoma

    This is not about changing votes and I have decided this election is so polarizing on the Republican's side that those supporting John McCain obviously can stand his attacks and politics. However, for the rest of us this is just a great opportunity to really understand their plans better.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Ken


    Why don't you ask McCain that question?

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Mike

    I do not I have a problem with Sarah Palin, it is John McCain that I have a problem with. I'm worried that for all his talk of "change" he is just using that poor woman to boost his ratings and get elected and then he will shove her aside and be another 4 years of Bush and the "Old Guard" Republican "Good Ole Boy's" politics. That scares me to death. After seeing Sarah on ABC tonight, I feel that she is the one to trust, not McCain. After all, he's had years to "change" Washington and he voted straight line Bush 90% of the time! I hope he is NOT just using Sarah to get elected! What a jerk that would make him and what saps that would make the American people!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. Laurie

    Candy – you know exactly why they stay in the Senate for decades. And the answer is NOT volunteerism.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. John (Texas)

    I can't wait till we get both of these guys on stage... these live forums are a bit of a tease and a waste of time.

    I want to hear them respond directly to each others ideas... and HOPEFULLY (but not likely) we can get a good debate without pointless scandals (i.e. lipstickgate)

    The end of the month can't come soon enough!!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Martiniano Obamite

    How long will it take for the angry white men to realize that voting for Palin won't get them a lap dance?

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Linda Buie

    Glenn Beck, Amy Holmes and Ronald Reagan son needs toget their heads out of their butts. I can not believe that he would say something so stupid as Palin is Ronald Reagan reincarnated. That shows you that he thought nothing of his father. Palin has done nothing more than any other small town Mayor-her claim to fame was that she sold the state jet on ebay and fired the state cook.....look at the money she billed back to the state for travel for her family–she should have kept the jet!!!also she billed them for meals at her home!!! she claimed she got rid of the "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" but we now know that is not true. She only dropped it the bridge when they questioned her...No one knows anything about her..we only know what has been filtered to us...we have not heard from the people of Alaska-we are not stupid..

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. LouAnn

    Bill....nothing wrong with Government being "cool". I think it's a "very cool" idea. The man definitely has something!

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Another Canadian.

    Does the saying out with the old and in with the New (young) come into anyone's mind here. Its time for the next generation to govern this planet.

    September 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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