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. Anonymous

    Policies aside, the point is that Obama is just not electable – an empty suit who can hardly be taken seriously. He did seem electable to some as long as he was a novelty and was running against Hillary but it could not go on for long. McCains pretentions to sell himself as something different from George W. have never been credible, so people had been looking for an excuse to not to have to support Obama –with Palin they have that excuse. Now Obama is doomed. And it s a pity. Could be another great comedian in the White House.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. d brown

    ok why is he tryingto clean up the comments made at the RNC about community orginazer.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. FEDUP!!!

    what is wrong with the world?? Conservatives would rather have victory in wars abroad and defeat at home!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. thomas coe

    THERE'S THE TEMPER!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Bill Tampa

    So McCain says he's conducting a nasty camaign because Obama didn't do townhalls??..This is absurd!!!!!!!..

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Elijah -( Obama 08)

    Give me a break, just because he didn't accept your request for town hall meetings gives you and Palin the right to criticize Obama for a community organizer? Please!

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Matt in MS

    Wow! I wouldn't be using unfair political tactics if he had done what I told him to do.

    Yikes!

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

    Energy is the most important issue of the days to come and here is why.
    National Security Issue: Countries that control most of the oil are not our friends and don't care about our economy. Every time Iran rattles their swords the price of gas goes up I call this "Economic Terrorism".

    Economy: If you don't think the price of fuel has a big impact on the state of our economy, analyze the economy before the price started to rise about 3yrs ago.

    Jobs: The Auto industry is one of the largest sub products of the oil industry and is driven by the price of fuel. Our biggest oversight is realizing that OIL is the biggest driver of the economy because it affects all aspects of product production and delivery.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Enochius

    He admires mayors but doesn't admire people who organize community service?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Will-n-DC

    Hypocrite!! NOW you respect community organizers. Didn't you vote against honoring the birthday of a great community organizer, MLK Jr?

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

    There has been recognition of the different challenges that small rural healthcare facilities/providers face; some legislation has been created to help keep rural communities with local healthcare access. However small physician practices are closing or selling to the large systems because they can't make it. What will be done to ensure that rural healthcare can be viable in those small communities? (under 10,000 population.....)

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. SEA

    What, did McCain just say that "if Obma had accepted his terms" then he would not have included negative campaigning??? What kind of statement is that? Seems to me it is saying clearly, you do what I say or else; that is scary.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. cnnticker

    McCain is gracious in his remarks and comfortable with the forum–remaining above the ugliness of the campaign. But that comes from knowing the issue that is working. McCain proved he got the message of change from the American people when he choose Palin. His action convinced the nation he means what he says, giving him the credbility Obama lost when he choose an insider for veep.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Mike, Atlanta

    This forum is..........

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    So how does he reconcile what he says versus what his running mate said?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. susie for Obama

    now we are talking about Palin. I can't believe we still have to hear the lies about her experience. Come on!!!!

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

    Is McCain blaming Obama for the derisive tone of his campaign?

    McCain just suggested the negative tone the campaigns have take of late could have been avoided if Obama accepted his offer of weekly town hall meetings.

    Interesting.

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

    Sad to say, I've lost all respect for John McCain because of the venomous twisting of every word out of Obama's mouth, and then he claims he wants to do away with partisan bickering and "bring the country together." Too late, John. You've put the nation in a frightening position by choosing this particular woman as your running mate. I fear greatly for our country. You haven't just lost my vote, you've lost my respect.

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

    So she was just sniping against Obama by making fun of him as a community organizer

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

    This forum should be about 9/11, why is Mccain campaigning?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. DREW79

    wow im lagging behind you Mr Martin

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. On the line in VA

    Thank you Michael – I thought I was missing something with the talk simply going around in circles

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

    Weak response

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

    Wait, now McCain is blaming Obama for his folks ripping his community service work? Wow.

    He says he will praise community organizers, but didn't dare smack down Gov. Pataki and Rudy Giuliani for their pathetic comments about community organizers.

    No straight talk there!

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

    I didn't like the response to Judy's question regarding the convention... I know Palin was responding, but Obama isn't the one who attacked her (at that point).

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