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. brook, from nashville

    why they are not asking him if he knows how to defeat evil and get Osama, why we have to wait till he gets elected?
    why 'Mr. Maverick' can not be a little self less and tell CIA his wisdoms
    to haunt Osama?

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. sebrina

    McCain is a joke because he does not respect Obama or his campaign. If he did, the tone of the campaign would be different. He cannot blame Obama for the negative tone when McCain started it. Let it be rough on the issues. But McCain does not seem to want to address the issues. He says that it is important to focus on issues but will he? He has not done it thus far. Will any of the media hold him accountable for his statements tonight or will it just be pretty words. Obama does not have to go to townhalls with McCain for McCain to wage the "respectful campaign" that he claims he wants to run.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. DS

    Can't believe McCain blamed Obama for the tone of the campaign. Starting with the Republican Convention and non-stop since, the
    McCain campaign has done nothing but attack, even to the point of insinuating Obama wanted to teach sex in kindergarten!
    And now, all this nice talk about community service. He has no shame.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Robert Bouchard

    John McCain needs to make a stronger statement about the RNC convention speakers, especially the snide and patronizing tone taken about Barack Obama's communtiy service. It was disgraceful>

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. jerry a. Myers

    IT is very strange that both candidates will not respond to questions link to the United States being very far behind in the extreme advancement in atomic studies.WHY is there a ban on this technology topic in election 2008.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Onyeka

    Don't you guy like live TV...LOL

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Dorrian Wallace

    McCain response to being an exceptional american is true..america grows proud confident happy people..i think the weather helps too,plus in america is one of the few countries where unity is celebrated (unity day)...block parties..find another nation that does this and saying good morning is culture..no matter who you are..truth is truth.

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

    Gotta love open microphones!

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Aaron

    McCain is not what we need. We need a change.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Sportsbabe

    McCain was right about that ... the people will decide what type of campaign they like. From where I sit people like the foolishness. It didn't just begin with this campaign. It's all a part of the dumbing down of America. Any time a man as smart and with much vision and talent as Obama is belittled for being an Ivy League scholar. The peole get what they deserve.

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

    Did he just dodge the issue of America's diverse population ?

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. Jean

    Now we will hear someone of interest

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. RAY PADGETT

    QUESTION (1): HAVE THE QUESTIONS OF THE INTERVIEW BEEN GIVEN TO MCCAIN PRIOR TO THE AIRING OF THE PROGRAM

    QUESTION(2): WILL THE INTERVIEW TEAM BRING UP MCCAINS FALSE ADVERTISING REGARDING HIS CAMPAIGN

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

    Overall, I would give McCain an A. He was energetic, funny and informative.

    Laura

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Paula in Michigan

    Did he just say that they focused on issues????? Obviously not issues, but slamming the opponents. Here is the latest call in my email "These misleading, offensive attacks must be stopped. That's why we're asking you to follow this link immediately to give any amount you can afford – whether it's $25 or $250 – to McCain-Palin Victory 2008, a joint committee we have formed to ensure we can respond to these shameful attacks and elect our reform ticket from top to bottom on Election Day."

    It means that they are going to continue. I have been Republican since 1976 when I first could vote. I am a white, ex-military nurse, RN and since he did not choose Romney or Pawlenty will be voting Democratic for the first time in my life.

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

    Listening to McCain on service. What is his understanding of the government? Doesn't he get that this is supposed to be a government of the people for the people? Government service is service for the nation for the society as whole. Not some other entity.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. On the line in VA

    on oil drilling – I am under the understanding that drilling isn't the problem it is the number of plants we have to refine it into gas

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

    Politics has always been nasty; look how John Adams was treated. What is great is when able leaders –like Reagan or FDR– can navigate the system to get things done.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Lois in Columbus

    Obama supporter here. McCain has done okay but didn't he talk around Palin's disparaging remarks about community organizer?

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

    I served in Kuwait where i was charge of equiptment worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and I have a BA degree,and yet, I get denied employement because of an Affirmative Action policy that Barak Obama supports that makes employers make a person's race and sex more important than a person's qualificastions. Why is this So?

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. yeah right

    Now for Main Event. Go Obama

    Even they are trying to rush Mccain off the stage for Obama

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

    Go Obama, go!!!!

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

    Hah, what an awkward exchange from Obama and McCain

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. I WANT THE TRUTH

    Bay, just because you can make the choice does not men that its the best choice to be made. Clinton is not who he wanted. It is time for Repubs to move on now. Palin is not the best choice either. She is just the prettiest and most in patronizing one your party could find to win. i mean come on. I am a woman she needs to get home and take care of those situations there before she can run anything.

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

    Seems to me that the stage is being set for Hillary to be vice president instead of Joe Biden, being that Sarah Palin is running with McCain.

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