September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
10 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. Doug-Pawling

    Buchanan, Thats whats wrong with Republican's you think having a woman VP is change enough. To MCCain She is arm candy and you Republican's are so weak minded you can't see it! If MCCain wins, the next 4 years will be just like the last 8 and we will have Republicans like you to thank !

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. ron


    We need this issue to be agitated – Repubs keep taking every issue and sweeping it under the rug unti lit is politically worth their while to bring it out.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Onyeka

    Obama knows how to influence people to act on an idea. I don't think McCain has that talent. Being a need that in you to push people to common goal.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Chris King

    .Yyou gotta be kidding! She's qualified to represent our country in serios global negotiations??? She who probably thinks that dinosaurs wandered the earth 4,000 years ago you direct the science taught in our schools. She who believes in the only birth control methods allowed should be abstinence. She who has told numerous half truths should lead. We've had years of half truths " for the greater good". Please think who you are electing.....

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Gerami

    I so agree with Chris, Lincoln was in no way anything close to todays Republicans

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. moore



    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Pete

    It's amazing that the best thing the Republican Party could write about her for their convention video was that she was a "Mother, moose-hunter, maverick."

    Incredibly under-qualified. Our country would be in peril if this person ever had to take the helm.

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

    Did McCain just suggest that the military is an instrument for social unity? Don't ask...don't tell.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Bill Tampa

    Why is McCain saying that it's very important to focus on issues when his campaign is constantly distracting the American People with Lipstick on a Pig, and the celebrity adds?....He's saying one thing tonight and tomorrow it will be back to distracting the Americans again.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Karen

    I am an independent voter- not able to decide if I should go for Obama or McCain. I have voted for Bush in 2000 and in 2004- I did not vote for anybody. However, McCain's choice of Palin scares me. Is she an extremist? Ronald- can you tell me if we need to be scared of extremist Christian as we are scared of extremist Muslim?..I mean- banning the book from not that undemocratic??

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

    We need to ask ourselves some serious questions.... Do you have enough funds to make ends meet? Are you robbing Peter to pay Paul? Do you like choosing milk or petroleum? Any of this ringing a bell? Maybe not to those that can't get past skin color, although they are in this rat race we call LIFE..... It is a clear day and the sun is shining brightly.... however someone has awakened on the wrong side of the bed.... they go to the polls and Vote for McCain-Palin; 4 years later they can't believe the world is in a shambles, and America is no longer the great country that they had the priveledge of growing up in.... now they look at their children while dividing up the daily bread which now cost everybit of $8 a loaf... they go to bed hungry as though they were living in a 3rd World Country... not understanding how they failed to use the power of the Vote.... Now ask yourselves, where will I be once I cast my Vote?

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. Donald Stuckey

    It surprises me how McCain talks about he wants to run clean campaigns. If you look at that as he's been out of the last few months you would think they look totally different McCain. Maybe McCain should finish the debates with himself before debating Barack

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Adrienne

    McCain: Join the army. It will unite us... for the wars with Iran and Russia I plan.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Mike

    Boooring...all Mccain talks about is Military Military MilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryvMilitaryvMilitaryv Military

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Rudiger

    I am a strong independent. I have not made up my mind on who to vote for. I like John McCain as a man – if he really believes all that he said today, he should repudiate any LYING from the republicans. Not lying OR distorting facts just because it is part of the 'Business' , is the greatest service John McCain can do to the Nation right now. It would help both parties make meaningful conversation and talk about the details, answer a million unique questions from every citizen of this great country and clarify to everyone exactly what is the ENTIRE package that they offer.

    BTW, I didnt like how he side-stepped the question on what he can change about his campagin do to make the 'choice' of stepping up to Public Service less disgusting.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Lisa in Ga

    I can not believe John has note let loose that ' Ridiculous smile" that escapes at times......


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

    Just have to mention that as I am watching Sarah Palin's interview with Charley Gibson that her potential vice presidency is a scary proposition....when asked about her opinion about the Bush Doctrine, she looked like a deer in the headlights....even tried to get Charley to give her the answer first...but he waited until it was very clear that she didn't have a clue. Why, oh why, didn't John McCain ask her these questions before offering her this very important position? I am perplexed.....

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. James Cox

    The republicans have spent all this week whipping up the lipstickgate issue, and he says he wants to talk about the issues? Who's running his campaign????

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. EJ (USA)

    McCain deliberated avoided agitating the immigration battle by skiritng the issue of green cards for high tech foreign students. smart.

    Why is it smart? Won't he have to address the immigration issue eventually?

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

    roland , a political analyst backing a candidate makes cnn look like the jerry springer show

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Penny in NC

    I am Independent. I am still undecided. Please ask Obama.......
    He and the DNC completely ignored the votes of over 18,000,000 American people by not offering Hillary the VP position. They told us that our voices just don't matter or that his judgement was better than ours. What can he say to make me feel that my vote matters now?

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

    Ask John McCain why his campaign is sending registered democrats in battleground states absentee ballots.

    Thank you

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

    Talking about service, lets talk about education and how McCain wants to get rid of "bad teachers". He needs to clarify that. I teach a group of at risk students who don't do well on standardized tests, none the less, I go to work every day and bust my butt to get these kids motivated and to learn as best I can, and I do have some successes. Never the less, my students wont do will on those tests. Does that make me a bad teacher? Will I lose my job? Please clarify Sen. McCain...

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


    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. James

    We are the "ONLY" nation that believes all men are created equal?!?!?! this guy is too far out of touch to define our image around the world...

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