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. ed

    she's elaine from seinfeld!

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. frank simmons

    how does obama feel about felons restoring their record in order to retain and maintain good tax-paying jobs and wages as well as being able to function as a normal american citizen ?

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Gloria Rose

    After listening to Charles Gibson's interview of Palin on ABC news tonight we have PROOF that she was not vetted by the McCain campaign...she can't answer a single question. Instead she has been "Roved" and instructed to 1. say the name of the interviewer repeatedly to create familiarity, 2. carefully enunciate the name of foreign leaders whom she has never met to appear worldly, 3. throw the question back at the interviewer when she hasn't a clue to the specifics – example – Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine? Charlie asks (obviously she has no clue what it is and what impact it has), 4. Uses tone of voice to appear strong though she comes off as something quite to the contrary. McCains not dumb as made a strategic and cynical choice with Palin but she was not vetted. Simply, she borderlines on not smart or better said, stupid with lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. WOW WOW WOW

    O B A M A --I S--–S L I P P I N G---B I G---T I M E--–

    L A C K--O F--L E A D E R S H I P--S K I L L S--H O R RI B LE-

    W I T H O U T --A -–T E L E P R O MP T ER---

    A B S O L U T E LY-–H O R R I B L E---A B O U T-P R O V I N G--

    R E A D I N E S S

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Patty

    I would just like to know why people on these blogs are so full of hate and why they say such nasty things instead of intelligent comments. It is very unAmerican or is it now the American way?

    September 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Justin

    Go Judy Woodruff!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Jennifer from Madison, WI

    So we're supposed to think that Palin is ready to lead us on the world stage because her state gives us GAS? Please. Because Russia is spitting distance? Apparently she was more concerned with her sister's divorce than she was with her state's foreign neighbors.

    September 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. JB-Connecticut

    John McCain is about change alright... SHORT CHANGE. He will continue the failed Bush administration policies and short change us on health care, education, and the war in Iraq...

    Short change is not something the American people can afford.

    September 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. James Cox

    Palin is a religious right wing zealot. I beg John McCain to PLEASE REMOVE HER FROM THE TICKET AND SELECT ANOTHER WOMAN WHO IS QAULIFIED. i BEG YOU ON THE BEHALF OF THOSE INTELLGENT ENOUGH TO KNOW SHE NEEDS TO GO AND FOR THOSE NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. katiec

    Our country is sitting on quicksand.
    Why are you not demanding Mccain/Palin
    talk about issues?
    We want to hear how they can save our country,
    not about lipstick on pigs.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. sue

    I think this national service forum is a crock like the faith forum...they are just giving mccain another opportunity to bring out HIS celebrity, being a POW...Lets stop talking about 40 years ago & lipstick on a pig...talk about the REAL issues...mcccain is so selfserving!

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Christy

    Why does CNN allow Lou Dobbs to waste airtime? His only issue is getting the illegals out of the country. It's old Lou. Take your one track mind to telemundo.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Princeton

    George, you're a little behind the times – arguments like that don't hold their own anymore. The founding fathers did not prepare for hundreds of millions of post-industrialized humans in the USA

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Katie, MN

    Honestly, I have been a junkie trying to take in as much as I possibly can about this historical election. I think it's because I'm so hungry to see somethign new and different and in some ways I have, but in the last few weeks the attack ads have become so nasty (particulary on the McCain side) that it makes me sick and I loose faith in my government and country day by day. Shame on the candidates and shame on the media for not providing us with more opportunities for facts. I swear if i hear about lipstick on another animal i'm gonna throw up. Obama is exactly right. Enough is enough. Let's take this country and our political future forward.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Sportsbabe

    Laura and others like you, please use your own brain and stop listening to everything the talking heads tell you. Do you have ears and eyes ... or just a keyboard and fingers?

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Voter from Delaware

    What's more important?

    1. Arranging for a babysitter so you can join your husband in showing respect to those that perished on 9/11.
    2. Invoking a moment when you are NOT proud to be part of this country.
    3. Leave me a message and I will return your call.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Kim-Canada

    I hope this event will be about service and issues not sillyness.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Ellen B

    I can't believe that Lou Dobbs is surprised that fewer women than men support Palin. This is a no brainer for someone who usually demonstrates that he has one. Palin is against choice!! Her rabidly anti choice position is an insult to all women. Duh!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Natalia

    Listening to Gov. Sarah Palin's interview today felt more as she was going for a job interview. She is lacking confidence and experience. When she was asked if she is ready for VP position sounded like she was guestioning herself if she is really good enough for this country. It seems as she memorized answers to most asked questions by the media. Her view at the world is very narrow. Her answer/solution to any problem is War. On McCain's side it is was a very good strategy to select a woman. All attention is focused on Palin, and she is doing all the PR, while McCain patiently waiting for the grand finale. It is like going and selecting a book in the store by its cover and not the content.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Now he wants Change!!!

    To
    Laura September 11th, 2008 7:55 pm ET

    My mother always told me God takes care of babies and fools So dont worry. You are one of the few fools that took the comment out of context.

    Get a grip you should be offended by him picking a woman just so he could get a woman's vote.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. denise reed

    I am so ready for this election to end.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Christy

    How can John McCain stand there and hold his head up knowing his entire campaign is a lie. What a coward.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. SEA

    Why are people offend by Obama use of the term "lipstick on a pig" when John McCain is DOCUMENT as having used in on numerous occasions–do the Republicans claim ownership since Palin used it as a self-jab?

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Ellen A. Martin

    I think it's time to set the record staight when it comes to Barack OBama and what he is fighting for in the Democratic Party, CHANGE you people of the world. Evidently, there's quite a number who enjoy the past eight years eating what the Republicans had to offer. Haven't you had enough?? What does McCains POW have to do with his wanting to be Commander in Chief of our Country? NOTHING We are hungry for change and it's coming with Barack OBama. Please, think about it hard and remember what we had with Bill Clinton, was it not much better. Think and think hard!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Maz Dalton

    I hope this forum doesn't get sidelined into solely discussing military service. There are all sorts of national/community service, but I have my fears that this will turn into McCain's POW record getting trotted out yet again.

    September 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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