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. CAQ

    McCain lying about expanding service organizations. he would veto it

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Tom from WI

    Kayr

    There is no draft.

    No one is forced to join.

    to say ONLY the poor serve is a slap in the face to those that serve

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. I WANT THE TRUTH

    OK it is 8:45 and he has put me to sleep. I was looking forward to this all week, and he is just lulling me to sleep with all his slow speaking and double talking. I need him to pick up the pace.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. how

    Senator McCain is RIGHT Palin is VERY experienced with FIRING, if nothing ELSE................

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. yeah right

    He reminds me of an abusive partner, who hits on you when you and belittles you and then blame you

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Jeffrey

    More Republican double-speak.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Michael

    OMg, McCain didn't even answer. As a politician he is fantastic. As a "Straight Talk Express" engineer, I think he came up far short.

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

    I understand what he is saying, but I know a LOT of young people would serve our country (in and out of uniform) if it meant they got to go to college. Most people can't afford to volunteer for free right now.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. LS

    No, wrong. Mayors do not have the toughest job in America. A President of the United States does.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. David, Gaston SC

    If he admire people that serve their community than why the community organizer jokes.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. laurie lewis

    I think this forum is nonsense. He is blaming Obama for the tone of the campaign!! The tone is HIS RESPONSIBILITY!! Obama was not obligated to have his town hall forums to help him pay for his advertising. This is just wrong...... It is more of his meaningless rhetoric, sorry, I wanted to learn something new. where is the meat!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Peter/Florida

    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 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Christy

    He comes off as such a hypocrite.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. heather

    Roland are you shocked?
    Sorry he had to say something good to get out of the jam.

    Still I want to know how all this will be paid for. Still I see a great deal of tap dancing around too much.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    He's babbling.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Lisa in Ga

    Why can't the govenment do it all, they are taking all my money in taxes........I am at the bottom...

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

    Bay, McCain didn't get the message of change from the American people?! He got it from the Obama camp!

    And when the American people responded, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and all the other candidates tried to grab a hold of it, but Obama already had it.

    If this was the record industry, they would call this sampling and McCain would have to pay royalties on using the hook for his campaign.

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

    Well, so much for keeping politics out of it.
    The claim, that somehow the tone would change if Obama accepted a town hall was just bunk and a cheapshot that wasnt even relevant. What a piece of garbage he has become

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Billy Bob

    Just ask him anything about the economy and he will freeze up!!!!
    How about the idea of laissez- faire economics?

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Nita in SC

    Bay, I have to say that I disagree. We all know that he jumped onto the change bandwagon when he saw that Obama was succeeding with it. Choosing a complete outsider, in the way of national politics and foreign policy is dangerous for the country.

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

    I believe that our "two-party" system of government has become dysfunctional. It is impossible to be elected President without pandering to extremists. It is time to consider a Parliamentary system where you not only have to build your coalition before you can get elected but the government can be "fired" at nearly any time and a new one formed in less time than even our primaries take.

    The fact that a large percentage of our population can be convinced that Sara Palin is qualified to be President on day 1 should tell you that a large percentage of our population is gullible and that our system is broken.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Gotta Be Kidding

    Bay -

    Are you watching the same thing I'm watching?

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Kim-Canada

    OK, McCain is growing on me. I think he did great on the last segment of questions. I like the move from politics to service.

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

    i like seeing this conversation tonight i think if every day in politics was like today more people would want to get involved,

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

    They are keeping Palin with McCain on the campaign trail – as your "news item states – so that reporters cannot interview her until Rove and Cheney tell her what to say................now tell the truth. You are not allowed to ask her questions – want to tell the public why???

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