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. Jacqueline in Atlanta

    Rudy G. said something about community organizers as well. What was his excuse John?

    John stop making excuses for Palin.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Juan G.

    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.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Michael-Colorado

    When will McCain allow Palin to go off on her own and get questioned by the press and the people?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. ww-New York

    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)!

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Charles Xavier

    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?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Lindsay

    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.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Karen

    Barracudas...Pitbulls...Pigs...Mavericks...

    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!!!.

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

    Did McCain just admit he is removed and not fully aware of the day to day struggles mayors and the rest of us face?

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Jessy King

    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?

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

    I am trying to be objective..I am not connecting with mccain

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

    Wow he just blamed Obama for Palin's comments. Projecting much!?!

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

    Yes, Candy, he did. That, or I'm hallucinating again.

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

    He did just say "She was responding to comments made about her "inexperience".

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

    Roland, dont be surprised... it has been McCains MO throughout – throw the first blow and then tell the teacher that he hit you back.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. susie for Obama

    that is such bulls.......he is not taking accountability for his own smear campaign.

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

    OMG, he's putting Obama down for wanting a formal debate? Come on, just another low blow. Typical repuiblican BS!

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Eric

    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..

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Darlene

    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?

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Katy Burtner

    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.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Enochius

    This essence of volunteering is coming from the man who belongs to a party that ripped Obama for community service

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. rose

    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

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. FGP

    What did McCain just say? He redicules Obama through his VP because Obama did not accept to debate in townhall forums?

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Carmen/Editor/Atlanta, GA

    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...

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Cam

    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?

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Jen

    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.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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