(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.
Rudy G. said something about community organizers as well. What was his excuse John?
John stop making excuses for Palin.
What in the heck are these people talking about. None of this talk is about the issues. Where are the things that really matter. The economy, education, immigration and social security etc.
When will McCain allow Palin to go off on her own and get questioned by the press and the people?
Well, I think this forum is confusing!!! They talk about double speak... Well "my friends" ... Mr. McCain has really showed the meaning!
As for Palin.... I'm really afraid! Who in the heck wouldn't "blink" if asked to be VP!!!! I GULPED when he introduced her... If "AMERICA" isn't afraid of her.. THEY SHOULD BE (REPS and DEMS)!
Why did Obama vote for the Patriot Act and call it a good idea? How are warrantless searches and seizures and indefinite imprisonment without a charge, good ideas?
I am scared to think if McCain does get office he will enforce the draft, because he chooses to go to war with everyone who makes him mad or he don't like their politics. He will use up all of our troops all over the world who will be left to defend us at home.
Sounds like the Same Old Dog and Pony show to me!!!
Republicans claim change? This is just old Washington politics as usual.Yawn....
Time to focus on the real issues please!!!.
Did McCain just admit he is removed and not fully aware of the day to day struggles mayors and the rest of us face?
Senator McCain keeps talking about service, but we are out of money, where is John going to get money to pay our brave young men and women, and all our national volunteers?
I am trying to be objective..I am not connecting with mccain
Wow he just blamed Obama for Palin's comments. Projecting much!?!
Yes, Candy, he did. That, or I'm hallucinating again.
He did just say "She was responding to comments made about her "inexperience".
Roland, dont be surprised... it has been McCains MO throughout – throw the first blow and then tell the teacher that he hit you back.
that is such bulls.......he is not taking accountability for his own smear campaign.
OMG, he's putting Obama down for wanting a formal debate? Come on, just another low blow. Typical repuiblican BS!
McCain said when he goes and went to washington he gets away from day to day american problems. Isnt he now standing on he will listen to day to day problems. Seems like he is not sure here..
If McCain is worried about retention in our military then why does he believe that just because a person is gay they should be dischargeed, There have been many persons who were discharged just because they don't share the same views as McCain. He believes that discrmination is ok in our military, so what would make me think he is for change?
As a Peace Corps volunteer whose service just got bumped to 2010 because Bush cut a major amount of funds, I really hope Obama cares more than McCain for those trying to help out in other countries. We need the government's help to get more volunteers out more quickly.
This essence of volunteering is coming from the man who belongs to a party that ripped Obama for community service
Did McCain just say that it is easy for him to divorce himself from the daily challenges that people have? Wow, my ars must be playing tricks – NOT
What did McCain just say? He redicules Obama through his VP because Obama did not accept to debate in townhall forums?
Someone should tell McCain that when Sarah Palin made those
sarcastic comments about Obama being a cummunity organizer–Obama was NOT criticizing her. It was the media( though I love you CNN). How could she be responding to Obama? Obama was defending her in regards to her pregnant 17 year old daughter...Excuses...
wow Bay, you can't have it both ways. He can change washington because he is an insider and knows how it works.....couldn't that same argument be made about Biden then?
Out of the two candidates McCain would be the better choice. Senator McCain has more experience plus a good VP choice, military experience.
If I heard right he is against reinstating the draft which would be a good idea I've heard veterans say that the draft would be a big mistake if it would be reinstated.