(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.
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Did I hear McCain right... it's easy to go to Washington and forget about the every day challenges... hmm... that would be a good advertisement. Right up there with McCain saying he'd give every person who came to the US for education a green card... I'm sure that went over well with his base...
Are McCain or Palin going to talk about the issues? Lately, I've seen ads by the McCain campaign that only serve to muddy the political process rather than find solution for our country. Hearing McCain speak right now sounds markedly different from than his ad campaign.
Good point Candy. I am only able to be a member of Americorp because my husband is blessed with a good job.
How can you run a company if most of your employees are sent to a emergency.
John McCain seems to be bipolar, acting two different ways, I like him tonight so much better than when he is always attacking Barack. This is not a different campaign, you John have brought it down to the dirt.
I worked at a food bank. Often people called, and did not want to go to the churches for food, asked if there was another way. Why? Because the churches liked to evangelize, or minister them, recruit them to their belief and they felt the food was being used as a way to convert them. Missionaries are fine, as long as they don't try to convert anyone with the services/help they are providing.
Bay is awful. Palin's interview was kinda robotic from what was released in the transcripts.
Please take your cheerleading to the Dallas Cowboys locker room.
McCain, stop talking about this Town Hall meetings. Why are you trying to dictate what Obama does, you and your campaign have said that you aren't letting Obama or the media dictate what you do with Palin not talking to any reporter.
That is unheard of.
Candy, perhaps McCain does not care about that "type" of service. Besides only military service is service. LOL
Senator McCain could do a great service to his nation today on 9/11 by going to the people in command and telling them how to catch Bin Laden... After all he is going around the nation telling voters he is the only one who knows how to catch him and if elected he will do just that.. This is disloyal to his country if he knows something nobody else does and will not share it unless he is elected. Today he is preaching service to the country wouldn't this be a great service if he would share the knowledge nobody else has in gettig Bin Laden
McCain dodged away from nasty stuff his campaign is to upto
They attack community organizers and community service as a non qualification one week a nd the next its the thing to do. Talk about flip flopping.
Can't the American people see that Mr. McCain is exactly the same as President George Bush. Mr. Obama is what not only America needs he is what the world needs !
Answer the question John McCain!!
I respect John McCain as a patriot and veteran. However, he has yet to answer a single question. I wish they would ask him to explain his answers.
Even further Donald, the few issues he was against Bush on in 2000, he has completely flopped on.
Roland, I agree with you. I am completely puzzled as to what it is this Forum is accomplishing. TALK, TALK AND MORE TALK.
Someone should ask McCain if he really thinks that Sarah Palin would be ready to take over as President should something happen to him.
My God, Fidel Castro must be laughing non stop just thinking of the mess the United States would be in should Sarah Palin becomes President.
Being Mayor and then Governor of Alaska does not qualify her for this important job.
Now I am laughing non stop.
Yes....McCain has done such a good job of sticking to the issues...
Why would Obama want to hang out with an out of touch 72 year old?
interesting,the commentators have not called Mc goffy out on the community organizers comments that were made on the RNC floor.
Then why isn't McCain and Palin focusing on issues????
What about people who are too busy to volunteer as they try to make ends meet? McCain may have missed an opportunity to encourage businesses to let employees volunteer during a couple of work hours.
Hi Candy – I thought McCain already addressed that. He said he wouldn't force but would encourage businesses that do it.
Will the MSM talk about Wasilla and rape kits? After the "pig on a lipstick" fiasco I hope this gets covered.
Bay how is Not anwering a question, a question that the American people want answers to a good idea???
What issue has he talked about this week
I am tired of Sarah talk... let's talk issues. Can you honestly tell me what McCain intends to do if he becomes president? Let's talk serious issues because pigs and lipstick talk doesn't do anything to help the American economy and the average non-top 1% of the rich. American people are suffering. Americans don't seem to understand that what goes in DC directly impacts their lives.
I haven't hear McCain talk about anything but war and drilling... we need to bring the troops home and start doing something to STOP drilling, like tax credits for solar, etc. Why does McCain think we'll do well with 4 more years of the same old Bush policies?