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. furmande

    Once again Obama does not have the courage to call out memebers of his own party who are out of line...Rep Cohen. It shows the continued ignorance of our politicians. I will not call them leaders because few of them lead...they only fall in line and try to talk a good game. Please stop talking and have the back bone.

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Todd

    Bill, you summed it up perfectly. Liberals will like what Obama said, conservatives will side with McCain. It was basically one long commercial for each.

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Independent in NC

    I appreciate supporting community service, however, all the good intentions in the world are not going to change anything until people want to change things for themselves. And most people do not want to do that; they want someone else to fix it for them.

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Kristina

    I'm afraid Obama may get lost in the details at times...does anyone else notice this? He is articulate, but the details are not his prospective job.

    Strategy, big-picture, good listener, personal confidence, decisiveness, delegation, etc.

    These are qualities I think I'm hearing in McCain more. His understanding of leadership seems more practically learned than Obama's. Obama seems to well-versed in the principles of leadership...but the practical application...I'm just not comfortable.

    Kristina,
    Michigan

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Bev

    Oh, one more thing ... if McCain knows how to change Washington, why hasn't he done it yet?

    My biggest complaint with this forum? The moderators didn't ask follow-up questions. There were so many opportunities, but they just let 'em slide right by. Nor did they press either candidate to actually answer the question posted. (For example, when queried about the RNC and Palin's shocking attitudes towards Obama's community service, not once did he condemn those behaviors, but he never answered the actual question, and nobody pressed him to. C'mon, Judy, you know what to do; DO it.)

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    Ya, with a 50% dropout rate in schools, and a large percentage of graduates functionally illiterate, they really should be forced to pick up litter as a graduation requirement.

    yeesh

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. David- TX

    One thing people should recognize is that the military is not the only way people can serve the country even though it might be the most important

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. ill1

    maverik someone who says one thing and does something totally different

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. P

    McCain basically said that we are slaves to the country that we live in, I know one thing I am not a slave to any country, and if that means that we have to fight and die to prove to McCain that the America people are not slave to this country called America!

    We are free McCain not Slaves to America this country does not own us!

    September 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Stevenson

    The world is waiting to love America again but not with MCsame. China is waiting to lead the world but with Mcsame it will come earlier then we thought because with McCain and Palin we go back to the fifty's.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. VA voter

    Is the media going to pickup on the fairness of having Obama listen in on McCain's part or is that part of the media bias that will get overlooked?

    Guess by not moderating this query is the answer

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Jonny

    i think that the next president is going to win by the votes in the peninsula of banana

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Bill Hodges

    Candidates have mentioned service – why can't we get out welfare recepients (those that are able), to previde some form of service in exchange for their welfare? In addition to their contribution, it may also provide them with training and connections for gainful employment

    Great thought but do you really think those that could would actually do something for the FREE Goverment check! Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen. They will just cry discrinmination and slave laboe, and that applies to all races so don't call my comment racist because it is not just the truth.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. EJ

    why? because you say so bill? who appointed you and your collegues the arbiters of what will make a difference on the dynamics of the campaign. You folks have been wrong so far.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Sarahkatheryn

    RE: Candy Crowley "why do they stay in the senate"

    good benefits?

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Janice in the mountains

    CNN commentators – thanks for your wise words and comments. I appreciate your efforts!

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. jay-jay

    Obama did a good job. He remains true to his principals. He is a proud democrat. He believe goverment is not the solution but it is necessary to open opportunities for the people...Unfortunately..Americans are too racist.....to see that

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. david

    RON??????? GO TO CHURCH.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. bq

    Having listened carefully to both McCain tonight and Palin's interview, I'd feel secure with either being on the receiving end of the dreaded 3AM call.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Deborah in Scottsdale, AZ

    McCain's thoughts about nongovernment service organizations is currently what happens regularly. Situations occur in people's lives where they don't get up from the governmental groups and start their own search and research what they need to do about an illness, a disaster, etc., and if it weren't for those organizations and outreach to the community to help other Americans, there would be no improvement in New Orleans, Mississippi. They have yet to solve those problems and they the government failed them. Obama did community service without the aid of government so why would we need to downplay either of their positions on community service?

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Edward

    Too bad nobody asked McCain how he plans to wage a war on Russia, but I guess he would have to be out of the picture for the cocky wacko from Wasilla to lauch this war. There's the McCain foreign policy model war first collect the facts later.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. jazz

    I dont know what the media says but Obama is surely going to be a bright president with new and fresh ideas, that will inspire millions of young people to be better and will take our country where it never has been before.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Paul Gilligan

    Obama expressed a view that the American people have the need, desire and willingness to take on the responsibility of public service. Service to our Nation needs to be cultivated but first they must be asked and I believe they will respond. This is the right view at the right time in our Nation

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. David

    I eagerly await the debated – Presidential and VP. Americans need more substance from both candidates. These "sound bite" sessions aren't providing the needed information for most to make a decision.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. I WANT THE TRUTH

    John what are you smoking over there? You are delusional. Okay Obama never answers questions? Get it together and turn around and tell McCain that he did poorly in comparison to Obama. you have to be on the inside to say that.

    September 11, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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