(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.
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 !
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.
Obama knows how to influence people to act on an idea. I don't think McCain has that talent. Being a leader...you need that in you to push people to common goal.
.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.....
I so agree with Chris, Lincoln was in no way anything close to todays Republicans
MCCAIN AND PALIN WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER.....
AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS FOR THE UNITED STATES
AND THE WHOLE WORLD!!
FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A LOT ABOUT
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.
Did McCain just suggest that the military is an instrument for social unity? Don't ask...don't tell.
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.
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 libraries..is not that undemocratic??
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?
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
McCain: Join the army. It will unite us... for the wars with Iran and Russia I plan.
Boooring...all Mccain talks about is Military Military MilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryMilitaryvMilitaryvMilitaryv Military
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.
I can not believe John has note let loose that ' Ridiculous smile" that escapes at times......
McCAIN IS PANDERING FOR THE HISPANIC AND MEXIAN VOTE....but they are NO FOOLS
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.....
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????
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?
roland , a political analyst backing a candidate makes cnn look like the jerry springer show
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?
Ask John McCain why his campaign is sending registered democrats in battleground states absentee ballots.
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...
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...