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. K

    I think McCain does not get the fact that most companies receive a tax credit and recognition when their employees volunteer. I believe that volunteerism is important to the future of our country but if the funds are not mandated from the government in some form citizens will not have the time nor the money to volunteer. Please understand that when gas is $4 groceries are increasing and wages are decreasing people have it in their hearts to help others but not when they feel the same pain as those they are trying to help.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Michael G-Ventura ca

    The Voting records of John McCain speaks volumes! No matter how much he tries to distance himself from gwb- can't be done! 90% agreement with his policies and he is an agent of CHANGE?
    Don't think so!

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

    Focus on issues really McCain ?? Wow is just saying what sounds good!

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

    Roland–
    action vs words. You can't talk your way into the White House–not this year anthow. pat often steals my material, roland. But he is older so i let him.

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

    mccain is putting blame on obama on the negative tone of the campaign is incredible

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

    How would Mr. McCain get Businesses involved in the volunteer effort without Government involvement?

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Michael A. Petro

    I have noticed that the republican party has changed its message. I feel that they seen Obama's message working so instead of haveing their own message they mirrored his without the substance. I want to know how McCain defines maverick when he has followed party lines over 90% of the time. It seems to me that behavior has put us in the position we are in now, and if that is his record how are we to believe that it will change now?

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

    McCain does not love America. He did not wear the flag pin.

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

    Wouldn't it be nice if the candidates could be as civil as respectful as they are being tonight? Attack political advertising should be gone from the landscape. It doesn't serve anyone, least of all the country.

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

    If you become president will you, unlike the current administration, allow this nation to honor the members of our military who have paid the ultimate price this current war by removing the veil of secerecy surrounding their remains upon return to American soil. During Vietnam this was allowed and it served to show the American public the price of that war. Americans, in my belief, are really not aware of the sacrifice being made by our military. To call the military heroes and not allow the full story is the height of hypocracy.

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

    McCain has run a disgusting campaign. That new ad about sex ed in kindergarten is one of the most deplorable political ads I've ever seen

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

    He ended poorly

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Glen Shouse Jr.

    I'd like to hear them ask why if Palin is so qualified do they feel they have to protect so much about her in alaska, and seem to muzzle her and have limited interviews. Seems she is only allowed to speak from a teleprompter

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. ms_choice

    Being in the military is a job! You do not have a choice whether you want to deploy or not!

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Eric

    The republicans are saying drill now drill now, but why would we give OPEC more holes when what they have they are cutting down production of oil cause they feel oil is falling to low...Why give them more land when they don't utilize what they have first.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Rick GA

    Wait a sec when McCain thinks about his answers and has thoughtfulness its he's on his game, but when Obama thinks about he wants to say he gets a smack in the face...I DONT GET THAT

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. KR

    Although McCain has served his country in the past, his recent actions indicate winning an election via choosing a VP who grabs headlines as a higher priority than choosing a qualified VP who will better serve his country. These actions are not selfless decorated with service, but selfish decorated with power plays and greed.

    Politics should not be a popularity contest, the results could have everlasting effects on our future.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Marshall Clark

    I don't understand why the candidates for president and the pundants don't admit that the president does not legislate and much of what they and the news talk about is the domain of congress. Why is this overlooked? Let's stick to what the president can do.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Rick in Minnesota

    Mandating people to do something is not volunteering; the definition is totally different.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. Jeff Erbskorn

    I wonder how he would stay in touch with local Mayors to keep himself from "being divorced" from what goes on on a local level

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Godwin O

    I really think he did very well

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Bill,
    He is trying to be a chameleon, changing colors to fit his surroundings...this will not work for me

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. gary Mermel

    IF McCain is to be believed that the vitriol directed at Obama by Palin regarding his community service was a reaction to the questions about her experience by the democrats, isn't the follow-up question then:

    Senator, it she reacts so personally to having her position as mayor insulted, do you really think she's got the personality to respond to an international crisis with appropriate diplomacy and equanimity?

    Playing the victim card perfectly. And being allowed to get away with it. It was HIS convention, she is HIS running mate, yet somehow her behavior was the DEMOCRAT's/liberal press' fault.......
    When will the press start doing it's job.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Susan

    Watching McCain on this Forum right now is unbelievable! This is the party, who just a week and a half ago mocked community service and organizing! For him to have any kind of positive input tonight is another outright lie from McCain. He cannot justify how many of tens of thousnads of people he and Palin insulted! This is not a comfortable sppech for him because you can see the man is a liar! No Moral-Nor honor McCain. Palin -The Stooge for the Republicans!

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. FLARTIST

    Can you lie your way in?

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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