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. Anonymous

    if being a mayor is the most difficult job in the US. why then is an 18 year old a mayor. There are other jobs that 18year olds cannot do like being a doctor

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. kristi

    mccain wants to go around with Obama, just as long Palin isn't there 3 is a crowd and he doesn't want to leave HER side. Is he still running for the top spot?

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Nancy

    Did anyone watch Palin interview? Be afraid people, be very afraid. This woman, apparently, loves war.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Martin Tease

    did McCain not just strengthen the "bitter" comment Barack made by saying if people have to worry about work and keeping jobs then they won't want to volunteer?

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Jason in SDY

    I cannot listen to this man anymore because every other word is a lie.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Jeff DuShane

    So basically he said if Obama would do town halls there would be no negativism. I guess until then his campaign can continue to throw the mud.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Mike in Chicago

    McCain says he intends to focus on issues? Starting when?

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Speaking on American exceptionalism – we truly were exceptional in the 60's when JFK said ten years and we'll put a man on the moon. We did it. So what is wrong with stating blatantly today – we will be energy independent AND free of fossil fuel within the next ten years? Surely we are still innovative enough to do that.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Speaking on American exceptionalism – we truly were exceptional in the 60's when JFK said ten years and we'll put a man on the moon. We did it. So what is wrong with stating blatantly today – we will be energy independent AND free of fossil fuel within the next ten years? Surely we are still innovative enough to do that.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Ajree

    I agree, let's not fund countries that "do not like us." However, let's not just hand out green cards like candy because someone comes here to get a degree...I see it all the time. People come here for our resources, be it education, health care, constitutional rights (even applied to non-citizens)...Kind of like failing at war don't you think? You defeat your enemy, then exploit them for their resources.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Jen H.

    McCain took a shot at Columbia's decision (made by students) to ban ROTC from campus but failed to mention WHY.

    It's because the military continues to discriminate against LGBT Americans, John, and you know that.

    To not mention the full story is lying by omission. It implies that Columbia students are of negative character when in fact it was our good character that led us to unite against federalized discrimination. Trying to propel that liberal elitist myth again, I guess.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. Ankur

    Going around America and listening to people is what they both have been doing, right?

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. tickerroland

    Wait. People make the final judgment whether a campaign is run nasty?

    I guess the folks in South Carolina in 2000 answered that. I wonder if their "final judgment" was to the liking of McCain, considering how nasty and low down he was treated by the campaign of Gov. George W. Bush.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Wade

    Oh... I am not getting anything from McCain tonight. He is so vague. Can he be more specific?

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president

    His record is very clear, regardless if he has the courage to face it or try very hard to separate himself from the Bush administration - 90% of the time he votes with Bush !

    I don't want to take a 10% chance on change. I prefer to choose the REAL agent of change, and that is Sen. Obama !

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. DC

    Whether they were supposedly supporting the idea that Gov. Palin is experienced enough to be VP or not, I think the tone of both her and Giuliani's speech were very rude and inappropriate in terms of community organizing. They could have easily supported the idea of community organizing while still expressing that it is perhaps more complicated being a mayor or governor. It's also silly to think that McCain had no idea about the tone the speeches would have before they were given.

    I'm not sure if it can be considered appropriate for this forum or not, but I would be VERY interested in hearing about McCain's feelings or explanation for the use of the violent 9/11 footage at the RNC convention. How is it in any way appropriate to air such a thing at a convention that is meant to promote your party, platform, and personal campaign for president.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. FLARTIST

    Smart Bay? He just wont answer anything...and whenever they do make a statement...its a bunch of lies and distortions!

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Greg FL.

    Whata hypocrit. he wouldn't answer the negative campaign question, because he has encouraged the negativity against Obama. No staright talk there.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. DREW79

    I didnt run for a village board member because i was afraid of politics bringing up my past

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. WakeUp

    This really is BS, he's talking about all this comunity service yet the ones that are suffering from this economy are the ones that do most of the service, yet the people that have the most, dont and thats who will get the best of everything if he is president!

    Why not ask him to call out all these rich people to serve?

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Dan

    i'd love McCain to give Obama a cabinet position. if he were to win of course. What a joke!

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. heather4Obama

    This is the man Republicans want to run this country...HE IS BORING and he is nothing without his side kick...ashame because he is suppose to be our leader...

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. McCainisafool

    So what you are saying Bay is that McCain is doing a good job by not answering any questions. Too funny. People wonder why nobody takes Republicans seriously anymore. You applaud dishonesty and evasiveness. God help us all.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    why Sen. McCain thinks a woman shouldn't get paid the same like a man? can he explain?

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Nick from CA

    Bay are you really suggesting that the selection of Palin as McCain's vice-presidential candidate is somehow going to separate him as the candidate of change? Hardly. The pick of a grossly under qualified politician with absolutely minimal amounts of experience from one of America's most scarcely populated states strictly in the hope of attracting a specific voter demographic is not an act of change. It is one of irresponsible hubris, cynicism, and dangerous win-at-any-cost politics.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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