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. sav slim

    I think palin needs to stop trying to gain attention and popularity by playing on the intelligence of real working moms because a real woman and mother would not put her career in front of her children and can acknowledge when its time to put your career on hold and take care of your family which clearly comes second in her life!

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

    McCain has spent half his life in the sist pool of congress so lets elect that one.. lol we are so smart

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Nobama! Keep the Change. Stop this Obamanation!

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. ConcernedAboutAnotherElephantintheRoom

    This is my first comment on any blog ever....I am compelled to address the Palin interview...if a vice-presidential nominee has no idea about the content of the Bush Doctrine, but attempts to answer a question about it, how can we expect that she is well informed about any policy domestic or foreign? 4th grade spelling bee participants are taught to ask for a definition of a term before spelling or answering a question about it. My expectation is not that she would know about every policy or doctrine, but my concern lies in the fact that she attempts to falsify her knowledge which only sheds light on her ignorance.

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. bea

    I'm bored!

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. San Diego Moon

    Democrats for Palin--Who are you?

    That's like saying Moose for Palin.

    What logic are you operating from? You're not a democrat.

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Linda

    I thought Obama was just great tonight. I am a 65 year old white woman and I think he is very inspiring. The American people need to listen more to his message and see that he has the country's best interest at heart. I am a life long Democrat and would not think of voting for McCain even though I first voted for Hillary in the Primary.

    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Art

    Can anyone tell me why McCain continues to milk his POW story?
    He has never acknowledged the service of others. My grandfather was a widower, when all 4 of his sons were in Vietnam. It was an unpopular war. Protesters saw them off and when they returned cab drivers treated them as if they got back from a vacation. While McCain got a heros welcome, they were met by protesters who called them babykillers. Once home, they hung up their uniforms and put away their medals as if they should be ashame! There's a million stories and we keep hearing about McCain. Kerry was slammed for that!!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Fiscal Conservative/Social Progressive

    Reading these comments makes it painfully clear. The Country has never been more divided. A look at the two Candidates makes it even more clear that Obama is the only Candidate that can fix things. We need a reset folks, Bu$h and his neo-cons have divided and destroyed this nation. It is time to rise up and take the Country back. CHANGE is Obama's platform, not McSame's who voted in line with Bu$h over 90% of the time. Some of you need to wake up before we become a 3rd world country. We are headed in the wrong direction and we need a drastic 180. Obama is the man to guide is. There are many of us out here that are losing faith. We need a youthful/fresh approach to politics, not a tired old war hero.

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. John Illinois

    I have to laugh at these people saying Obama "inspires" them so much. How does a guy that hasn't accomplished anything as a state legislator or as an absentee senator and says absolutely nothing as our state of Illinois collapses economically and educationally due to the total corruption of his Democrat Machine party inspire anyone? Why anyone thinks that being a community organizer, someone that talks some of his neighbors into something, is qualified to be President is unbelievable. I don't get it.

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

    Bay Buchanan is a total liar

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Barbara

    Jeff – I disagree with you. I don't trust McCain. He is NOT the one to lead us at this time.

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. mendossa ferary delly

    my point is everyting obama said hegonna do mc cain copy that the next day he start talking about thats mean copy also obama came with slogan chance he is the first one talking about change now mccain said he gonna change change what icant take it anymore

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Salman

    It sounded like Bush with lipstick!

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Ken

    anyone seen continflas well Obama talks just like him the more he talks the less he makes sense! He beats around the bush! just doesn't answers any question to the point!

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Republicans for Obama

    I HATE my party after this election... All we do is bash the other side and not talk issues. Its because McCain has no issues that will benefit the average american!

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. chinwem

    how come mccain and his campaign cant come up with a campaign motor of his own. his copying obamas change message, saying his now the one that's inspiring and pretending to be supporting cummunity service, while mocking those who actually do community service. the GOP is good in stealing-and i dont put any thing past mccain

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Doug, Ohio

    I'd say Gov Palin is every bit as experienced as Joe Biden's running mate.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. christofer in ohio

    They were both good, but i think Obama is more inspiring, and isnt that what a leader is supposed to do? -inspire the people>

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Dave Speas

    It amazes me that this was to be a break from political action today and most of the comments were politically based. I enjoyed just hearing about the thoughts of the two candidates without keeping score. Mr. McCain did not ask that Mr. Obama not hear his answers and Mr. Obama was just as honest in his answers as Mr. McCain. For one night it would have been wonderful to not hear from the political commentators except for the positive elements of the two men's conversations. It probably was too much to ask for but I enjoyed getting to know both good men better.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. David revta

    McCain sounds confident and now with Palin on her side , democrates watch out. Its not going to be easy.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. libwoman

    Jeff:.....are you for real??.....I wish you and your family well while our economy collapses in the best inerest of Irag.....they don't care about YOU!

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. "average" american, Missouri

    Mr. Roland Martin – how would you define "average" American. Tonight, on t.v., on commenting about Sarah Palin's earlier interview with Charles Gibson, you commented : "The average American must now be asking what NATO is." Just how stupid do you thing the "average" American is? Does one need to be "above avergae" like have a Ph.D. to know what NATO is? I am an average American and I know what NATO is and what the premise is behind the alliance. Mr. Martin you are a SNOB.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Loyal American123

    Why is the "best Political Team" afraid to talk about Social Security?
    Republicans say it is in crisis you the shortfall in &) yes 70 yers is the same order of magnitude as the debt George Herbert Hoovewr Bush added to the National Debit.
    Is this cowardice or bigotry or bias on the part of the BPT?

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. jay

    more of Obama's BABBLE,no real substance.kinda reminds of a used car salesman trying to sell a clunker with a bad wax job.

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