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. CeeJay

    This forum is ridiculous. What's the point?

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Judy Rein

    The Democrats took control in the Senate only in 2007. How can McCain say he's reform government.

    Where was he and his party prior to 2007, when the Congress and President had the power to effect change and did nothing.

    McCain was part of that 'nothing' for years.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Linwood

    Please ask McCain why he voted no for the new GI Bill, As a military member and knowing he is, I can't figure out why he didn't vote for it

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. kat

    Now he is blaming Obama for the tone of the campain!! He drew first blood....

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. ms_choice

    What townhall meetings got to do with Obama's service to the community?

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Barbara

    It's about time they asked that question.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Bill in CT

    Is this The John McCain, whose attack dog and pit bull launched into a demeaning attach on community organizing. If he was truly a service-minded individual- who puts country first and politics later.. He sure seems like Mc same.. More of the same to get elected

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Lisa in Ga

    Ok,,,... somewhat of a tough question.....

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

    McCain is blaming Obama for Palin's absolutely disgusting disparaging of community organizers????

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. T-Ruff

    Sarah Palin is not ready terrible choice...Just say it John McCain

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

    Back in the Vietnam war John McCain was a hero who nearly gave his life for his country. Today he hides behind a little known Gov. from A.L.
    while the country he claims to love is in deep trouble.What happened John, was the idea of becoming a U.S. president so important that you won't discuss the issues. Instead you decide out of no-where of advocating change in washington.In fact the only change in Washington you want to see is the name on the desk at the oval office.
    John it's time to step out from be-hind Gov Palin and talk about the issues.The commander in chief of the most powerful country in the world shouldn't be hanging onto the skirt of his running mate.Instead if he's truly a leader he should lead and talk about the change he's advocating.God bless all tose who fight terrorism. and those who gave their lives

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

    What a sore loser... so he's turned the campaign negative because Obama did not accept his town hall debate request

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. AmeriCorps in WA

    Civic engagement and national service are where McCain and Obama can show America how they plan to address community challenges and restore faith in the public that Government can be the impetus for change. Americans want to see results whether it's in disaster response, healthcare, better education, jobs that stay in the U.S., and safer cities. National service efforts have shown positive changes in communities. AmeriCorps and VISTA programs are visible and have proven themselves time and again to be on the frontlines during times of need, and you need to look no further than national service efforts following Katrina and Gustav. Service priorities are locally driven. Young and old alike can serve and make a difference. These efforts are not just a government benefit or subsidy to young idealists – far from it – leadership and innovation have been end results from those who are civically engaged.

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

    Roland! Awesome to see you on here!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Greg FL.

    He is justifying the tone of his campaign, because Obama wouldn't go on townhall meetings with him? That is obsurd.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. yeah right

    he seems angry

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. suzyku

    Why doesn't the media, CNN, call out McCain on the lies he and his running mate keep repeating? Why doesn't CNN ask why John McCain is willing to sacrifice this country by choosing a person like Palin with NO foreign policy experience in order to get himself elected at all costs? Why doesn't CNN ask him why he is choosing to use Karl Rove and all the nasty tactics that he said he wouldn't use? Why doesn't someone ask John McCain why he puts himself before the best interests of this country, he cares only about getting elected! He shows that he has no character at all, and is too old and unfit to become President! Just because he was a POW 40 years ago does NOT qualify him!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Ruth

    So now it is Obama's fault that Palin disparaged community organizer?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Laurie Carroll

    McCain does not have a plan of service other than getting people to join the military by paying them more. He just believes service is good so let's serve.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Andy

    YES!! they asked about Palin's comments on community organizers!!
    and he totally dodged it. He just blew it! hahahaha

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Lanre Akinola

    Listen to this guy (McCain) talking about volunteering and how Americans should embrace it more, but the pit bull with the red lipsticks made frivilous comments about Obama as a community organizer...these Republican thought Ameicans are stupid. There wouldn't be a need for community organizers if the governments are doing their job...fools

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Karen M

    McCain shows he is human, strong and humble. We need a leader who has our interests at heart. I salute you, Mr. McCain.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Roland, Laura is right. You are in no way shape or form impartial. When introduced, CNN should be clearly stating that you are an Obama supporter, NOT an impartial journalist.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. David

    THEN WHY DID YOU HAVE SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER CRITISIZE COMUNITY ORGINIZERS!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. johnjo

    mc cain is a joke. How would the tone of the election be differnt if obama had done town hall meeting with him. So this is Obama's fault ?

    What a joke

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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