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. Lisa in Ga

    Social imbalance? Did she reeally ask McCain that? Did she not see all the convention.... a bunch od red neck elist..... hate and war mongers... that is social imbalance.

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. David

    Why should McCain have a plan to persuade graduates to join the military?

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. CSpann

    Incentives? Is that why he voted against the extension of the G I BIll?

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. T-Ruff

    Barack Obama plans help to elimante college debt if you invest is the U.S...You invest in the service of the U.S. and the U.S. invests in you.

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. yeah right

    Then Why was he not in favor in the new support for the GI Bill.

    Give me a break

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Maz Dalton

    Roland – is it possible to have the question re gay/lesbian military service incorporated into the forum?

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. MLB

    If we have to provide incentives, why does he consistently vote against veteran benefits?

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Roger Woodin

    |I find it sooo ironic that |John |Mccain is mimicking everything Sen |Obama has been saying al along . |Such asWashington being broken and the nned for change and the usefulness of faith based organizations

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. California Vet

    Incentives for serving? Like a working GI bill that you voted against?

    September 11, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Alycia

    I agree Kim.....The only people you hear talk about the issues are the journalists when they ask the questions. The Responses are all the same...........MORE WAR......MORE MILITARY........MORE OIL........MORE MONEY...........oh and I am a Great Man

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. CapoCastillo

    If McCain is ready to serve, why is it nearly two weeks after his Convention, he has yet to outline /any/ specifics on his policy positions?

    Nothing on education, nothing on the economy, nothing on Afghanistan/Pakistan...

    His position on energy is 'Everything barack Obama said plus offshor drilling', His position on the War is 'Win, Baby, Win," when the country clearly wants out of that mess.

    If John McCain were truly ready then why is he so focussed on showcasing his running mate than explaining how to get America out of the problems that 8 years of poklicies he's vowed to support?

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Bill Schneider

    I just spotted Joe Biden in the audience!

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Jessy King

    i need to ask volunteering, you people that keep talking about it, i work for Americorps, and i have not seen a single dime or health care or anyway to take care of myself, and they told me today that its tough find your own way to survive its America

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Adrienne

    McCain: The young people need to be seduced to join the army so I have more bodies for the wars against Iran and Russia I plan.

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Kayropro

    So now service to our country in ALL forms is important. Thank you Johnny. By the way last week-end on the Sun talkingheads show you stated to get the country going in the right direction you would bring to DC the best and brightest community leaders. What a phony.

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Jeffrey

    John McCain is a hero for his years of military service, no doubt, But 5 1/2 years as a POW shouldn't grant him 4 or more in the White House. McCain cannot spout his experience over Obama and then say he's the agent of change. He can't use congressional approval against Obama because despite his lack of votes over the last 8 months, McCain is still a member of Congress,

    Why is it still acceptable for McCain to use insults and negative ads against Obama, then whine and demand apologies when the reverse is true?

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Mark

    Obama's arrogance to not select Hillary for VP will allow the democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for the 3rd straight election.

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Red State Tex

    Roland, have you ever been on a military base? Do you know how these men and women live? They are focused and motivated people they no time for your PC agenda.....

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. tickerroland

    No ROTC at Columbia? Heck, I'm a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University. We've got the Fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, who are better trained than any of those wimps at the military academies!

    Gig 'em!

    (And no, I wasn't in the Corps. I wouldn't have lasted 24 hours. Following orders would have driven me mad!)

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. MLB

    I saw him, too, Bill!

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. TR

    John McCain is so rehearsed its pathetic!

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Donald Stuckey

    Now on this issue McCain is not addressing the real problem fact is the reason that more low income people are in the military is because they can get money for college now if we did the right thing and increase the pell grant program the more people who go to school without having to go to the military. The military is a horrible thing to but we also have to remember it is not for everyone.

    September 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Mark Brand

    Mr. McCain has shown his dignity and respect for this country for over 30 years. He is man with a vision and a mission to reform this country back to the way we average Americans want it to be.

    September 11, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Jeff DuShane

    Bill,

    He must have been the rich guy McCain was talking about!

    September 11, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. TheSideLiner

    How the heck Palin wanted to charged rape victim in Alaska $100.00 for the test kit. A victim should not be traumatized any further after being rape.Is it how she wants to inflict her stupid belief on a woman rights to choose.The veil is slowly coming down for America to see the monter, the mean spirited person Sarah Palin is.The honeymoon Sarah.

    September 11, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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