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. Latonya Bailey,27

    no more Bay Buccanan! She is a fool. Anyone who will insult their own integrity to make another fools comments sound creditable is a puppet!
    Robert Zimmerman keep giving her the business! Anderson, Please take your career to the most serious place it has ever been and ask the tuff questions. and when they try to dance call them on there nonsense.
    People are depending on the media to keep them honest!

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Emilio Bejel

    I think that both Obama and McCain performed rather well. It was a tie.

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Elinor Miller

    To see Barck Obama speaking at Columia University on the same night that Sarah Palin's interview is being aired by ABC shows the stark contrast between someone who has thought deeply about the issues, who has an original and brilliant mind and who can lead American forward and someone who is a mere token parroting lines fed to her by the McCain campaign. God save America if she becomes vice president.

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Ross from Texas

    Ok, lets change this pig stuff,
    "Put a beard and mustache on a pig, it’s still a pig"

    There now, all the men are deeply offended...

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Palin in headlights

    What a deer those weren't the toughest questions by Charlie G. and she had major problems just so irritated like why Charlie they said you would baby me. It's my first time.

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Don

    By choosing Palin for vice president, it shows that McCain lacks the necessary judgement to be president...Palin shows that her emotions got the better of her when she fired her then brother in-law without any real evidence of foul play. This means that she lacks the patience and perserverance that a vice president should have...I will not vote for McCain and Palin if they could not come up with any real explanations about the matter as to why he picked her and why she had fired her ex brother in-law...

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Marlene

    Why does CNN keep having Republican and Democratic strategists reacting to the candidates/ i am watching Anderson Cooper asking them to respond to palin's interview with Charlie Gibson....they give just the party line. It is so predictable it makes me sick. Why not find a different way to get a response: non-strategists to give their reaction?

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Diva


    I'm responding to your statement at 8:37 pm....I am in the music industry and it's very true that illegal sampling will cost someone big bucks.

    McCain is old & old-fashioned, and his attempts to reach the American people are underwhelming and unoriginal.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. manchild

    McCain dominated. Get Real. Get Obama.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Nav Baldeo


    I am very interested to hear about how the candidates feel about their relationship with Canada. Believe it or not, being from Toronto, our newspapers and media have been saturated with US election news and so we are all caught up in the race. One could also argue that we are very affected by it since much of what happens in the States spills over into our big cities of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, etc. I just wanted to know if you or any of the other members of the best political team on television could shed any light on how McCain and Obama would approach trade with Canada and do you believe the democrats would be able to build a universal health care plan? With Canada providing so many natural resources to the US (water/hydro, lumber, etc) and the two countries sharing such an open border, do the relationships between the two come up enough on the campaign trail?

    Nav from Toronto

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Stuart

    People in the military donate to Obama's campaign at a 6 to 1 ratio over McCain's! What does that tell you!

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

    Obama seems more sincere, and he was already for Change.

    McCain cheat his Wife Multiple time, and so how can you trust him.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Bob

    Heard of the Bridge to Nowhere?

    Meet the TEAM TO NOWHERE!

    GOP candidates want to lead us back to the 1950's. Unfortunately the world is far different.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. oldtimer

    How in the world did the dems allow the discussion to be switched over the a VP canidate? They have lost their marbles. This will kill the election for them as public is now discussing her and her ideas rather than the dems ideas.

    The repubs baited the dems; the dems took the bait and the discussion was switched from Obama = Change to McCain/Palin = Change.

    So, the repubs continue to be better politics than dems.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Kristiaan

    Palin chose 9/11 to give an interview to convey herself as emotional, yet strong. That, coupled with the fact that no one would badger her in the interview or attack her from afar giving today's date was crafty, but it will only fool those who want to be fooled. Palin has little experience, and will follow Bush policies to a T or model her own policies with Bush's as a mold. This is because she, being new to national politics, has yet to formulate opinions about such complex issues.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Ade


    You must have been watching a different forum!

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. I want to move to Canada

    This was a dream forum. America is too lazy and too spoiled to volunteer for anything. This is all a crock...If you watch any television you see that we are more interested in American Idol or the latest scandal of the day. Americans are unfortunately sheep..These two candidates should be debating every week just like the primaries. We dont need people to volunteer, we need people to stay informed and educated so they can make responsible decisions. I think it is unfortunate and sad that America will make the same choice as before and vote for the Republicans. We will not learn as long as you the media continue to feed us this garbage and play their game. They know you too well...They know how you are going to react...Its all ratings based and it is not journalism...Wait til October when we go to code red because of some fabricated terror plot..Watch this rerun and realize you are the problem....But as long as your ratings are high, that is what is best for the Country....Vote for Dave Chapelle....

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Walt

    Will someone tell that fool Bill Schneider that he's right that Bush's approval rating is low, but guess what? Congress' approval rating is a LOT LOWER. Whadda ya have to say about that Bill Schneider old buddy?

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Toby Price

    I hope people were watching tonight, while McFlipflop told us how great community service was, when last week McCain and Palin were both ridiculing community service.

    Please vote with your brains...PS How many of us are going to volunteer to serve when President Palin invades Russia? That is after Charles Gibson explains where it is to her.

    September 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. Jack

    Olivia, you mentioned Kiwanis Club. Service organizations like Kiwanis or the Optimists, Rotarians, Junior Leagues, Lions Clubs, Shriners and the like [decided not to mention Moose]. These organizations do the heavy lifting for charity work locally. In years past many of them had annexed youth service clubs like Interact and Key Club, to name a couple. I don't see that any more.
    These are the people the candidates have to win over and it is surprising how they are probably leaning.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. KEITH

    Bay, I do not think this forum will change votes ..but a better performance by Obama would energize the youth vote in the universities who will come and vote when it matters...

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Dave, Houston, TX

    I'm an Obama supporter and I thought McCain did a good job. I thought Obama was terrific. He's the only candidate in this race (or even in many of our lifetimes) that could credibly say that he wanted to make government "cool" again.

    I was very pleasantly surprised by Obama's answer regarding having ROTC at Columbia. I was cringing that we were going to get a long, convoluted, non-answer that politicians often give. But, he directly said, "Yes!" I hope his directness helped others realize what a great candidate I support.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Lone Star Wolf

    I know one thing the issues that OBAMA pursue are not the direction America needs to be thinking of going at this time. Socialism of medicine is not a direction to follow. Taking our military and running in the face of the enemy is not an option. Attacking Palin(Women) in general like he did Hillary is low as low can get. If he thinks this is the way to the Oval Office then he's off track. Raising taxes in face of a failing economy is a disaster. Plus the man does not have the experience John McCain has. For security OBAMA gets a F- while I give McCAIN An A+. For me the low morals of the Democrats have drove me an ex 51-year Democrat away from the Party. BILL AND HILLARY are ruining themselves by campaigning for him. I will vote McCAIN/Palin 08.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. cindy

    the taxi driver, the coal miner, the night clerk at 7-11 also risk their lives every day, as do many others. this idea that government work (police, fireman, teacher ) is more noble than the private sector is sickening.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Jonathan Davis

    To Laura

    Perhaps Barack would go after John if he had used made a comment about Michelle, his wife, but the point is she is his wife. Palin is his Vice President. You do know there is a difference, right?

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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