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. international khaladi

    Bill, if i ever get enough money to buy cnn, i would make you the captain of the ship. woolf would retain his position as #1.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |

    The best thing that could happen this year would be to elect a SMART POTUS

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. DJ WAZU

    Mr Obama inspires me. Mr McCain does not.
    I am 48 years old and would absolutely be willing to go to Iraq only and only if Mr Obama win the presidency!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Sergeant Wag

    Breath of Fresh Air = Wind Bag in this case.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. gc

    I do volunteer in the inner city becuase I feel it is my duty as a Christian and human being. And guess what, those people want to work hard and make thier lives better. Many just don't know how.I think Obama hit this one out of the park!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Bob

    The paid Obamabloggers are out in force tonight....keep spewing out your case you haven't noticed you are driving your candidate to defeat....keep up the good work!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Nancy Valentino

    Can't a person get this Obama to answer a question without going on with all the ehs- ums- mms- and just give a straight answer...

    PLUS– can you prove that he is legal to run for president on this country? All papers on him are locked up and we can't even see his health record. But you guys thought it was O.K. that Clinton hid his also......So, I won't expect an answer from your station!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Brian

    Stunning! I watched McCain on the Forum this evening and was moved by what he had to say. I really believe he sincerely loves this country and believes what he is doing is the best course of action. Then, Barak Obama spoke and I was floored. He truly understands what having a vision can mean for helping this country to transcend its current situation and become a leader. I have to say that a vote for Obama is a true and tangible vote for change. McCain, although authentic, just does not understand what vision means.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |

    Time for America to wake up...time to move forward from the tactic if fear and mud slinging!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Debbie

    I've never been asked, as a white woman in the south, what my opinion is....
    Where are these polls coming from..or do I have to pay to sign up to get asked?

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. KM

    Frankly, the Faith forum was a better comparison of candidates. How unfair that Obama gets to listen in and tailor his remarks to what McCain already said.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Tanya

    No Bay- it may not change a vote but it will change at least one person's thinking. Getting out and serving a community and giving something back because someone...anyone inspired you to do so is the greatest feeling.
    The problem I have with today's Republican Conservative is that they preach about their faith and some of the one's I've met are the most mean-spirited and are downright unkind towards others. You can't have it both ways, though many of them try.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Linear090

    Obama is quite inspiring and a breath of fresh air that has been long needed in this country for so long. His speeches carry through the air like a fine note played from a musical instrument. I put my full support on the Obama/Biden race.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. independentdad

    i served this country during the first Gulf War. I didnt do it at first to serve my country. I did it so I could go to college. While serving, I found that I loved this nation. However, if people dont think they can trust the leaders of this nation, why would they serve???

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. celebration1

    Obama You are so energizing!!! How lucky are we to have an opportunity to vote for THE REAL THING!!! Horay for AMERICA we finally have a candidate that will bring us back to our moment of glory.........President Obama 08

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Frank

    William Dalton, how can you say McCain's experience with the economy is great? His economic policy is a mirror image of George W. Bush!

    I don't know of too many people who are doing so well since the current administration took over outside of the oil business. Maybe it is time to try something different.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Pam

    OMG, are there really Obama supporters in WV? No, it can't be true!

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Bonnie

    Bay, that is all the republicans are concerned about, changing votes, Obama wants to change the way the government is run., and by the way, republicans are doing every underhanded thing to change the vote.

    September 11, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Susan Nedza Lastres

    What is service for me? Service is not a one time commitment; it is a way of life. For me, it meant choosing to be an emergency physician who cared for all patients no matter what their needs or ability to pay, it meant to choose government service as a part of my career, it means teaching the next generation of physicians about the trust that others put into their hands. It means being a role model for my children, that individual accomplishment is hollow, if not coupled with community service and commitment to others.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Mo

    This forum will definitely win more votes for Obama!! I think that the more the two candidates get the opportunity to express themselves and their ideas, we have more clarification of what they stand for.
    The old way of governing does not accomodate our country and our world today. We need Barack Obama to help us make this much needed transition that speaks to not only just "specific" people, but ALL of us who have the honor of being called an "American".

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. phil

    A president is only as strong as the people he surrounds himself. Palin isn't the worst choice but beyond her the Republican pool is really thin. McCain can't win without some good people with him. This will become an issue before its done.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. MD Democrat

    I love that you said that yessir, I feel the same way! I have never been so inspired and I'm 60 years old.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Jim K

    Senator Obama's support of the recent GI Bill and John McCains lack of shows a glaring disregard for respect of the sacrifice of service our military have devoted to our country.

    Don't throw the Hanoi Hilton back at me. There are thousands and thousands of POWS in this country who DON'T wear that fact "printed on a tshirt"

    Carl Rove running another Republican campaign while ducking supoenas makes a joke of our judiciary.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Jen From MN

    Obama did a great job. He really made sense and was genuine.

    Obama represents goodness and kindness . . . A great American influence.

    He really knows how to put things into perspective and I enjoyed listening to him.

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. C. Gutierrez

    During his interview tonight, Obama boasted that his campaign created 1,000 hours of volunteer work. If Obama's supporters have only contributed 1,000 hours nationwide, and he thinks that is a lot for the entire campaign in the entire country, then he's not as astute a community organizer as he claims to be. Think about it, 1,000 hours divided by 50 states, is only 20 hours per state! Anyone who has ever been involved in true volunteer efforts knows that that is a ridiculously low number!

    September 11, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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