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. craig

    where do i watch this interview eveyones talking about it and i cant see it ?

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Willa-PA

    William Dalton September 11th, 2008 10:04 pm ET

    Adrienne- You have to be kidding! Obama uses his 'change' platform to answer every question as possible, rarely giving a definitive answer. For example, where does he plan to pay for this universal healthcare? How does his plans for education actually help failing schools? To these and other questions, Obama has hid behind his transparent shield of change, avoiding real plan making.

    Spoken like a true republican...

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Andy Panda

    Why does Sarah Palin sound so angry in her interview with Charles Gibson tonight? Shouldn't she be happy to answer reporters questions? she has no idea what she has gotten herself into!!

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. theroadrunner

    Both candidates expressed support for national public service, though it seemed that McCain has more reservations about it, fearing "creeping socialism." Obama seemed to take the position that there are plenty of problems to go around, and that these problems could be used to bring citizens together in a creative and positive sort of way.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Kate, NV

    BK- We can afford these programs because Obama plans to cut wasteful spending, tax big oil companies that are making record profits and require Iraq sitting on billions to start footing the bill to rebuild Iraq. Meanwhile, McCain wants to continue a war and based on Palin's interview today, would consider going to war with Russia. If Americans were more involved in community service locally and internationally, we would have more peace in this world. There are people struggling in this Country and abroad and some of us are fortunate to have luxury. It's not all about you, think about something bigger than yourself. Obama walks the walk to encourage people to take personal responsibility about helping others less fortunate. Bill, I disagree. He's not talking about a government bail out. He is talking about the government being a leader to encourage personal commitment to service.
    Why is that wrong? Wasn't our government asking for volunteers for Gustav last week?
    Obama is inspirational and makes me want to be a better person and give back to others less fortunate with my service- whether in the military, community or internationally. We as a nation and the world should think more like that.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Nick (California)

    Martin and other surrogates should not be allowed on national TV, especially on channels which claim to provide unbiased coverage. Martin is clearly a Obama supporter and he can never provide a unbiased opinion about any issue. I am disappointed with the national media be it Fox, CNN or NBC, everyone has already picked up their sides. Ultimately, it is the end viewer who is suffering and is being misinformed and forced to make misinformed decision resulting in putting wrong people in office, who are ruining the country.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Dee

    Why on Earth are Candy and David G taking up for Palin regarding her pathetic interview today? If this were anyone else, that person would have been scaled and filleted by now. Please, no special consideration for the newbie. This is *national* politics and our future depends on it!

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Jill

    Govenor Palin's son should not be allowed to go to Iraq; I fear he will be a target and put other soldier's in harms way. His deployment may have been in the works before she was selected for the ticket, but now is the time for sanity to prevail. It sure is a nice publicity clip for the Republican's, but don't jeopordize others for a 30 second news piece.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. stefanie

    I know what the Bush Doctrine is and I am just a housewife. Palin should know, as well as every politician.

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

    can someone answer this for me? why doesn't anyone ask McCain what he means when he basically says that Barack could have prevented McCain's team from using this mud-slinging, Karl Rove tactics against him by having townhall meetings with him???? CAN ANYONE ANSWER THIS FOR ME? PLEASE!

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Hurricaine ike

    When other people's children are sent to Iraq, it is the will of God but when Sarah Palin's son is deployed to Iraq, it's not God will. The reality is robbing her back now.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Stephen Whitney-Wise

    McCain asks people to fight for him so that he can do what he thinks is best for the American people. Obama says that together we can accomplish great things for America. McCain believes that he knows what it best for America. Obama says together we can discern a course of action. Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope" sets forth his thinks. McCain's book, written by a co-author, is all about McCain's ideas about himself.

    I would rather have a leader like Obama who listens and leads than a leader like McCain who thinks he knows what's best and tells us what to do.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Latonya Bailey,27

    That interview was the most ridiculous thing on t.v. Why does she not know what the Bush doc. is? she looked like a deer in headlights.Then she had to be led by the hand for her answer which still was bogus. Maybe most regular folks don't know what the doc. is about but she SHOULD!
    Get ready republicans, Palin is going to get more face time and America will see how unprepared they both are.
    L

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Military service is the ultimate service, no doubt. Because John McCain served his country and was a POW shouldn't be the reason we voe for him in Nov. When he started his quest for president, I could have voted for him becaused he bucked the system here and there. Now, I can't because he is just another Republican trying to "win." We do need change and will continue on the same old if he is voted in. He's not change he is a part of the republican machine who I have come to despise. I despise their dirty Carl Rovian politics and feel like they don't get the average Joe/JoAnne in this nation. They are so out of touch.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Suzanne

    I was not raised being taught to do service, but as I matured, I realized that service for my fellow Americans not only helped them, but made me grow as an individual.

    I am a non-traditional student, and being able to do service and it help my education would be wonderful.

    Government should be a source of inspiration, and as we have seen in the past 18 months, it IS an inspiration, positive and negative.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Shawn Irwin

    Palin is a PAPER TIGER. At her first speech, the audience started cheering loudly at the very beginning . . . not a RESPONSE to a good speech . . . . it appeared staged to me, the audience seems to have been urged to cheer loudly. It had nothing to do with the content and delivery of her speech which in its entirety could be considered devisive and mediocre at best.

    Palin supports making Georgia a member of NATO, then goes on to say that if Russia attacked Georgia we must defend Georgia, but, that there should be no "cold war". It appears she is ignorant of the how alliances of this type sparked the beginning of WW I.

    Just recently a REPUBLICAN, Dana Rohrbacher, of California, who
    supported the WAR IN IRAQ, stated that the war was started by Georgia, that Georgia broke the truce.

    And we should add them to NATO? Palin is naive and inexperienced, and, dangerous because of her ignorance. And were she elected, she would be one heart beat away from the presidency.

    Good choice John.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. Mark

    One: Charles Gibson lost his newsman cred when he started doing GMA; it was a softball interview. Two, why is everyone giving her so much credit when she's been holed up with Bush's people all week to get her ready? All this proves is she's a good parrot. Three, why do all of the news agencies continue to hire people inside the political system? None of these people will tell you the truth! Here's the lowdown on how your "experts" will take this interview: Democratic operatives will say she stunk and the Republicans will proclaim her the Second Coming. This is like asking Hillary Clinton her opinion on a Bill Clinton speech.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Laura

    While I appreciate Candy Crowley trying to be fair-saying that people in "rural Missouri"don't know what the Bush Doctrine is and therefore it won't matter that Sarah Palin doesn't -IT DOES MATTER. Someone who could, not unreasonably, be President within the next few months SHOULD. Unlike many who feel comfortable with Gov.Palin because she is "just like us"...I am very comfortable with a President who is smarter/more educated/more worldly, etc. than I. In fact, I prefer it!

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. dani taylor

    Can see us now at WAR with the whole world Seems people think its not important she don't know what the Bush Doc. was...hmm what else will think its not important what she needs to know...and Hey palin his name is charles not charlie...how disprectful of you...but thats your arrogrance

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Ralph of Denver

    So when asked earlier today about Palin's experience on foreign policy, McCain simply replied she's and expert at energy? What the...?? I don't want that kind of programed response from my president, nor do I want a governor who refuses to listen to her ethics advisor as the back-up!

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Olivia

    Senator Obama by far understands community services much more than Senator McCain...McCain's vice presidential candidate very condescendingly remarked about those who perform community services...Having served for many years in both my community personally and with a large Kiwanis group I am still reeling about the laughing attitude at the RNC...You cannot take your words and attitudes back once they are said...Even in politics...

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Monica

    Hi I just text message to everyone in my blackberry (200ppl) in remembrance 9-11of service to our country...you're more than welcome to help spread the word

    "Check it out...Obama wants to make Govt COOL again!" Alright!!! Spread the Word! Let's get involved cause Yes Together We Can!

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Beck

    Isn't it GOOD that Sarah Palin doesn't know The Bush Doctrine?? What better proof that she is Not an agent of Bush – how can she be accused of "four more years" when she doesn't even know the Capitol Hill chant of the past eight??

    She's fair, she's honest, she has a lot to say – same for Obama, same for McCain (...I wish Biden would stop yelling at us, so I can tell what he's all about).

    Let them All talk – and let's All listen...and then decide. We The People do not have to stoop as low as the media will go – we can rise above and choose with intelligence, caring, and trust that our instincts prove correct.

    And Roland – this may shock you, but little 'ole me KNOWS WHAT NATO IS! jeez -

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Monix

    Roland,

    I really appreciate your commentary. I think you always see thru the rubbish. Thank you

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Michael A. Colletti

    President Bush – 1) Soon will be sending more troops to Afghanistan 2) Is talking to Iran 3) Will be reducing troops in Iraq 3) Now allowing limited attacks in Pakistan against the Taliban and Al Qarda. I wonder which Presidential Candate proposed the above and which scoffed at them.

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