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. C F

    Did I hear McCain right: the solution to the current problem of not enough people volunteering for our military is to just make the military "larger"? And the answer to helping people in need is to hope that private companies as well as faith-based organizations will fix the situation? And now McCain's saying that the negative tone of the campaign, particularly Palin's vitriol, is due to Obama not accepting McCain's offers of joint town meetings? Uch!

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

    How is going to throw Palin's speech back at Obama? He is responsible for the tone of his campaign–it is not dependant upon whether Obama agrees to town hall meetings or not.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Red State Tex

    Hey if the Democrats can't take it then they should leave Sarah alone. This gal will throw some elbows.....

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Shannon from Oklahoma

    I am shocked that he can sit on the forum and say how admirable Obama's service was when he allowed those at his convention to rip this very service and his V.P. to continually mock it in her stump speech.

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

    McCain are you throwing a bone Obama's way?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. In Pursuit of Facts About The Candidates, No Sound Bites

    So McCain lashes out on Obama because he refused townhall debates. This is crazy.

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Anderson Dallas Texas Obama 08

    Now... They got McPalin ready to "Fight"... Sad ....McCain +McPalin = More Wars........

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

    I have some friends that are life insurance actuaries – I thought I would share the information that they gave me. Based on publicly available information, John McCain has a 21% chance of not living through his first term in office.

    That means that Sarah Palin has a 21% chance of being leader of the free world.

    Shouldn't that terrify everyone?

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

    Good for you Judy Woodruff!!.......Shame on Senator McCain......"This is a tough business".....what kind of answer is that......It was "tough business for Bobby Kennedy to send Federal agents to Missippi in the 60's.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Jim

    McCain never goes into real depth on issues. I've gone to his website several times and the only things he gives detail for is how he will continue the war and spend more money on it.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Stephen Napier

    Small town budget? Despite $27,000,000 in federal money for her town of 7,000 people Sarah Palin left her small town in over $20,000,000 of debt. That's not the kind of experience I want in the White House.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    Roland Martin, you ROCK. Keep on keepin' on.

    In case you other guys haven't noticed, McCain NEVER spells out how he plans on 'reforming' anything because there is no plan to reform anything. That's why his camp keeps going back to BS like getting 'offended' about the lipstick comment, when he had said the exact same thing about Hillary Clinton earlier. Was he calling her a pig? How sexist.

    And although it's bound to be a lightweight interview, some of the Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin is rather revealing...For example, she drew a blank at a question about the 'Bush Doctrine' and Charlie had to explain it to her. Uh, duh, people, McCain has health problems and you guys want to elect another doofus to run the non-European first world?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. NoGOP

    "Somewhat divorced from the people"...
    WHAAAT!
    He is seriously out-of-touch with Americans.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Paul

    WHAT – he thinks Mayors have the toughest job in the country. What about a town with 1000 people and a city with 1 million. There is a huge difference. He's crazy!

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    McCain is consistenly inconsistent.

    He's is starting to babble.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. tickercandy

    Did McCain just laud Barack Obama’s community service?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Madeline

    Wow Roland, are you still stuck on the community organizer thing? I completely agree with you that community organizers are important and they should be applauded for the great work they do. However, it's time to move on.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Nancy Taylor

    So far, this forum is dissappointing. We already know Mr. McCain's history of the military and his opinion of Irag etc. and his personality and so on. Where are the questions on economy, healthcare, social security, medicare, jobs and illegal immigration?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Jim Foster

    Town hall debates would have been great for the public to get to know both canidates better.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. Thed Weller

    Is he saying the his campaign is slinging mud cause Obama didn't wanna kick it with him on the road and now he's pissed? Hell hath no furry like McCain scorned?!?!

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. paul

    Did he really just say that? He thinks it will be easy in washington because he can separate himself from the daily lives of american people? Nice..

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. ken

    way to take the high road. sending your goons (palin and guliani) to do your dirty work on attacking obamas service.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Charloom

    I feel that the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, should be fought on a more ideological level. What do the candidates think about this?

    Thankyou – Charloom Geldenhuis from Brownsburg

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. Onyeka

    Now he is giving Obama get approvment about his past work, but watch tomorrow you will see an ad on tv telling us not to vote for him because of his past work. Make up your mind McCain!

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. J.S.S.

    Was McCain seriously head injured? Why is he known to be volotile and impulsive? Why don't people discuss this?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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