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. jyde

    Common........ McCain, we all know thats a lie, you cant have Obama around you

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. tickerroland

    Wow! Judy's reading my mind!

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. sue

    Wow Bay....Its not about how he looks-it is the content of his comments.

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Theresa

    Mccain comes off as a big phony. He says what he thinks people want to here and the refers to himself as a "Maverick". I don't know any mavericks out there who care what people think.

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Justin from Ohio

    Did I just hear John McCain slam the enlisted members of the armed forces? Why do we all need to be officers?

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. kayla

    If John is not elected President, would he serve and "Service Czar:?

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Bev

    Here we go Roland!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Miriam

    Service to McCain only translates in terms of military service. He should address the fact that other forms of volunteerisim such as community organization and community activisim was all but vilified at McCain's convention – when Palin, Juliani etc.. all ridiculed Obama's service as a community organizer in their speeches. While Palin was securing her place in the world as “miss congeniality” and preocupied with her beauty pagents of Miss Wasila and Miss Alaska, Obama was turning down lucrative job offers, and went to Chicago to lead a successful voter registration drive, work for several years with Christian churches in Chicago, and help devastated communities when steel plants closed. That is nothing to ridicule.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Laura

    All week long I've been hearing the Jesus was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.

    Now if you know your Bible, Jesus was far from a community organizer. He came to this Earth for one purpose an one purpose only to show mankind how God's government would solve all the problems that we see today. He was offered all the kingdoms of the world and said NO! He did God's will and taught his followes love, he didn't get involved with the political things of the world.

    Laura

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Jeff DuShane

    Roland,

    There it is.... How will he answer?

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Tom from WI

    'Whoa. McCain criticizes Columbia University (where the forum is being held) for not allowing ROTC on campus'

    And you think there is something wrong with that?

    OK

    He is telling what he believes not pandering to the crowd.

    Breath of fresh air.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Connie

    Can you ask how can McCain why he would choose a VP who has no experience dealing with people of a different race? Does the only women he was thinking about was white women?

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. mike

    the only poll that have got this right finally is the dailey kos poll,this poll gives the demographic breakdown,it has obama by 2%,but this poll shows bad news for both obama in mccain,because mccain is leading obama by 21% among white voters,but is getting only 26% of the latino vote in 10% of the other vote,thats not good news for mccain because the minority vote is going to be 27% this election.but the bad news for obama is that he is losing to mccain by 21% with the white vote,but he stills maintain the lead because of the minority vote,i have been talking about this for weeks,mccain needs to beat obama by 23% with white voters to win this,if mccain would have beaten obama by this much with the white vote in 1980 he would win in a landslide,this race is becoming a race between color and it is so sad,but all obama needs to do is increase his white votal by 3% in he will win this going away

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. DeeinNC

    Do we really need a service "czar" position in the cabinet.

    I am much more interested in having an economy "czar" in the cabinet!

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Will-n-DC

    Did you slip them a note Roland?

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. James Cox

    Until McCain selects another vp, I cannot seriously consider voting for him.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. ken

    is he beating around the bush about a draft. the only idea he has is not a new one. faith based programs are already happening. he is out of touch with any kind of service other than military

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. yeah right

    Jesus help this man

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Gerami Overton

    Palin was chosen as a sad attempt to out minority Obama and to make it seem as if women dont have brains.....like they'll say "Oh he picked a woman and I'm a woman so I'm voting for them"....To me thats a huge insult

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Kayr

    I would like to see the rich children serve in the military instead of the poor children in America. They should be drafted first.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. lord seth

    mcCain is just like bush ,he has voted 90% with the president.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Laurie Sullivan

    Why do you continue to make up lies against Obama. I thought you were an honorable man.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Sherry, Atlanta

    PALIN TRYING TO GO TO WAR. . .MCAIN TRYING TO RE-ESTABLISH THE DRAFT!

    AMERICA CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER WAR. . .BUT WE KNOW--THEY ARE CLUELESS!

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Michael

    Roland, Here it goes. Lets see him wriggle out of this one

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Char

    Here we go with the political pop shots

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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