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. Dave

    Can we get a VOLUNTEER public service to replace Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so we can abolish them. Charity and socialism are NOT the same thing. Obama may mean well but Marxism is un-American on every possible level.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. for the people

    Biden should step down for the good of the people ant the party and Obama should ask Bill clinton to be his #2. Its hard to make change on the outside looking in .

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Darryll Petrancuri

    Does the Republican Party have so little regard for women voters that they believe just because a substantial number of Democratic women voters were disenfranchised by Obama's pick of Biden that they can 'steal' these voters by nominating a women as McCain's running mate?

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Demus

    well democrat hope you have no kids or your rich cause if McCain is the Pres. you will need the money and no kids to suport

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. hopeful for USA

    i think both candidates did well to explain what serving ought to be . but sen barack obama i think is the best to know how tap into the spirit of every young american to serve this great country.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. becky in va

    i am still in shock that so many american citizens are elated by mccain's choice of palin as his running mate. if you were a female who supported hillary, and are now in favor of palin, then you are a walking contradiction. shame on you!

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Donna

    Roland...you are the MAN!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Gary in Tennessee

    Every day more dirt is dug up on Palin, give it a few more weeks and McCain will be wanting to change his VP nominee because of out and out lies, hang on everyone the best is yet to come.

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Susan

    Did anybody notive that John McCain said that being in Washington had divorced him from the everyday problems of the American people?

    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Loyal American123

    Would you pardon or commute the sentence of Jothnathan Pollard the traitor?
    If yes under what pressures from the Israeli Lobby?

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

    Wiliam–You have to be kidding! We spend 10b a month in funding this war on Iraq. As Sen Obama has stated repeatedly if we stop this crazy spending and pull our buts out of Iraq "responsibly". We can probably afford Universal Heathcare, which we need.

    Robert
    Iraq Veteran

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Jeremy, New Orleans, La

    Why don't we hear anything from McCain? I never questioned his age until recently. He just seems worn out. I think the republicans have surrendured. I agree with Clinton – Obama will win by a landslide!

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I am a Canadian living in Vancouver who has been following this election closely. I think that America has a tremendous opportunity to really take stock of themselves and how they live their lives, the role they play in the world, their responsibility as global citizens and the legacy they are leaving future generations. The US media also has an opportunity to take a good, hard long look at its responsibility to inform and enlighten instead of sensationalize, dilute and exaggerate pure information that is so vital for the citizens of your county. The health of the American people, the environment and the economy should be the primary concerns of all the politicians involved. It is everywhere else in the world. Government OF the people FOR the people....isn't THAT the American way?.....just wondering.
    Christine Haebler

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. Amen

    I would like MC Cain to address why he voted with BUSH over 90% of the time and expects people to believe he's for change . Americans are not fools i hope they can't be tricked into following a cult leader who was so nervous he picked a runner-up wanna be beauty queen that is tougher than him so he better not go hunting with her cause on she will return

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Lulu

    Obama is all about government initiated service programs...
    and guess how he pays for these programs...
    BY RAISING OUR TAXES!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. dani taylor

    I personally found her arrogrant...CHARLIE?...to me that came off an unprofessional. His name is Charles. Even my friends who were here...took as if she was talking down to him

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Mike (Corpus Christi)

    Sarah Palin is not only not ready, but she is scarily not ready. I truly would not mind having McCain as a President; but he is 72, she can not be a President. We have already let 8 years of our history be soiled with an incompetent leader that had to rely on neo-con think tanks to make his decisions, because he was too stupid and doesn’t have any intellectual curiosity.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. lex

    Obama was a community organizer in Chicago....What the heck did he accomplish? That place is a mess. More killings this summer in Chicago, than deaths of soldiers in Iraq.

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

    Palin, is not educated at all did you hear her?

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. farah

    Bill, how do you know it won't change the dynamic of the race? Between this and Palin's interview (she doesn't know what Bush doctrine is), Obama is going up and McCain climbing down.

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

    I think the republicans will continue make attempts to damage Obama while avoiding the central issue of this election: the economy. Second, the attacks on the democrats being unpatriotic and being soft on national security will continue as the election nears its climax. Perhaps, the democrats can be bold enough to attack the national security issue head on in their own ads. See it goes like this: "It's three AM.... McCain's having chest pain ( or something critical about his health). Do you have confidence in Palin as commander-in-cheif?." McCain's running on national security as part of his credentials, but yet his choice as VP is reckless. We are being distracted by the personalities of this election as this past two weeks events have demonstrated.

    fofo

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. ray

    Nobody is asking John McCain.........about his choice of VP, all what some folks are saying was Obama made a wrong move of not picking Hillary.........Would McCain have picked a black man if it was Hillary that won the primaries?....................it shows what he care about.........just to win the election

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. Demus

    William Dalton : like McCain uses his POW issue on everything ? hmmmm to wrongs dont make a right .

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. disappointed in CNN

    CNN is getting more one sided than ever these days........... so much for objective journalism

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. phil

    I think they want us all to get into community service because they know the economy is going to tank. They want us to take care of ourselves because they wont be able to. All of our political choices are gloomy.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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