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. Earnie

    I haven't heard McCain give any specifics at all when he talks about what we should do. Just Rhetoric. At least Obama is giving us something.

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Eric

    The keyword for me is "inspiration". A leader who can inspire me will get my devotion.

    I believe Obama is that leader. Barak!! I'm ready to knock on peoples doors on your behalf.

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. Sen. Barack Obama, it's your time !

    The American people are getting a chance to see how great Sen. Obama would be as president of the USA and how great he would be to restore America's image abroad. He will definitely get many votes…many votes !

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Texico From Mexico

    What are you taling about William? McCain is th eone who answers nothing at all...just tries to use catch phrases! At least Obama goes into detail

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Demus

    All these polls are just a joke . Its a way to sway the people on there vote. A poll is like the presidental run off you say one thing and do another and these so called polls are not anything in stone if some says yes to McCain on a poll in 2 days they might not see that way anymore but the news will talk about it over and over to down play the presidental person they dont like "Hannity" he cant write one good summary about Obama . Keep it simpel America to much bla bla bla on the news than what we really need to hear or know. Forget the polls forget the Dem, news or Rep, news America do what you know is right dont let these news ppl influince you with there nonsince

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. jo ann brown

    Obama addresses the lobbyist as one of his change proposals.

    It appears that there is another group in Washington that bears watching. The negotiators – who are they?

    Reading about Sarah Palin, this is what I learned about "The Bridge to Nowhere." November 2005 the negotiators deciding on the 2006 budget decided to change the original earmark 452 million dollars for the bridge to nowhere to a gift to Alaska with no strings attached. This decision was made because they wanted to cut 50 billion dollars from medicaid and foodstamps and they could justify this cut and allow a 452 million dollar bridge to nowhere be built.

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Jack

    I dole out "community service" to probationers daily and remind them it is not punishment but and opportunity to see what it is like to give rather than take from their community. Youth service is almost non existent in suburbia. There are pockets of service – designed by local chambers hosting teen leadership or "mission" work by church youth groups that is essentially helping disadvantaged people. But a comprehensive expectation like what we see in some European countries? In USA it doesn't exist. We're too busy looking backward.
    It is time we listen to Thomas Freidman who writes in his new book that we "are no longer in the Post 9-11 world." We are the the Pre- something else world and the sooner the candidates and the fourth estate catch up the sooner USA will stop the slippage. Could it be a pre-alternate fuel and climate era?

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. MIchelle Douglas

    i meant did NOT want MLK DAY.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. robert Parker

    CNN is a corporate entity with corporate interests: You are a bunch of scum bag liars. Obama is going to win in a landslide. Even is red neck Tennessee a drunk guy commenting on gas prices said, "I believe the nig=34 is going to win because he cares about the poor." I tried to get comments for a local publican on the candidates and had a very hard time getting anyone to give McExxon a positive nod... your polling is a joke. You're not better than Fox and you're Certainly Not News!

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Breck

    Why is CNN not posting my comments? I just talked about how McCain needs to actually say what he is changing and talk about the economy.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. ScaredAmerican

    What is wrong with Bay Buchanan!?! This is the worst case of playing "ostrich" I think I've ever seen. The snippets that I've seen of Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, not only show that she is NOT ready to be president, but that she is completely incompetent! Her body language showed just how unfamiliar she was with substantive questions. She could only answer questions when she was "given" details in the question and then she answered very vaguely. She is an absolute fraud. The fact that anyone would vote for John McCain with such an incompetent running mate is VERY SCARY!

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Teresa

    A. Louis! You are so right! Anyone else heard of FDR? Hmmm didn't he die in office in his third term? The fact is when the government stepped in and made jobs and helped the people (hence the meaning to "democracy" actually being used), the nation as a whole becomes stronger. Yes, individualism is a good thing, but it should not be the only thing, and we must remember that.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. axt113

    Obama carried the night, his answers were deep and thoughtful and he came across as really understanding how to get the country moving again, Obama is like a modern FDR

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Pierre

    Obama is drawing his inspiration from the past.

    So in SOME respects, America @ its best ( some what )
    Service for state and community were the norm of the day.
    Granted times have changed, but respect, honor and service never
    go out of style.

    America needs to sit and think about what do they really want.
    What picture do they want to send the world.

    McCain has my respect, but he will never get my vote.
    He thinks he deserves being president before he possible dies.

    He isnt president material.

    For America.

    For this world.

    And this time.

    Maybe if this were 1955 and the war(s) were just over.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. what_happened_to_experience

    Why is there all of a sudden this talk of another round of so called stimulus checks (read more money we'll just have to pay back later anyway), less than 2 months before the election. I saw this on the news today, along with the additional disclaimer that getting one depends on who you vote for? Any idea who's putting this one out? hmmm

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Adrian-Santa Ana,Cali

    The people have the president they deserve. I now understand why we have "W".

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Michigan2008

    Did anybody also hear McCain say that being a Major means dealing with the problems of original Americans. He mentioned that him going to Washington was a lot easier, because in that position you are not being confroted with that insight into the lifes of Americans. WHAT??? He actually admitted having no insight at all!!!

    Seriously? I think that sentence could become a problem for him. Can't believe that our experts didn't jump right onto this statement.

    September 11, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Texico From Mexico

    Well at least the Republican party has their own "Paris Hilton" now.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. scott


    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. New Yorkers for Clinton

    Thanks for hosting this CNN. You all do a great job !

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Tom

    Bay Buchanan is a rightwing flack who added nothing to this board. Others, especially Bill and Roland, tried to be objective.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Annette, Washington, DC

    I really don't think McCain was in his element. We tend to think if you are in the military then, you have given the greatest sarcifice to die for your country. I hope our minds aren't that small and thinking from the far distance, athough servicing in the military is a sarcifice, there are no appointed level of service, one good act, is not better then the other good act. There is no degrees in giving and servicing.

    To sat aside and belittle any act of community service as a joke or laughing point, is more elitist then speaking and understanding ideas and concepts.

    I was that person Obama mention, during the aftermath of Katrina, I volunteered with EMA, and worked side by side with the red cross, later to be offered a position with a local volunteer organization, serving my community and communities in the metropolitan DC area. So to mock such a great calling is ludacris.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. It is Obama in 2008 and 2012

    Certainly the American people see clearly how great Sen. Obama would be as the next commander-in-chief, and how great he would be to restore America's image abroad. He will definitely get many votes…many votes !

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. A Fellow Patriot

    Senator McCain said going to "Washington has somewhat divorced him from the day-to-day challenges people have". Isn't that just the opposite of why you go to Washington? To engage the challenges your constuencies face and advocate on their behalf?

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Michael Goldsholl

    When are you going to stop pretending that Obama isn't an American Christian. He is admittedly a Muslim who's agenda is a Socialist one.
    He is going to tax this nation to death and impliment a a healthcare plan which wlll destroy this nations quality physicians.
    George bush Has kept this country terrorism free for seven years.
    When are you going to admit this fact?

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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