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. James Cox

    Martin Tease- he's giving his political answer to coincide with his campaign's theme.

    September 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Rita Olympia, WA

    People don't want to serve for America. It should be required for High School students and College Students.

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

    The only way the military will expand is under an Obama Administration. It is a simple cost/benefit analysis. People need to know that they are going to live through their term in order to reep the benefits for joining. Mccain cannot do this – only Obama.

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

    What happen to the go getting Democrats, what happen to the none-centrist Republicans? This election has gotten crazier ever since Senators Barack Obama, and John McCain took their repsective nominations. Maybe a Bush-Clinton dynasty would be what we need to fix the worlds problems and fix our own problems.

    September 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. thomas coe

    JOHN MCCAIN HAS NO HONOR

    John McCain's latest add insinuates Obama is a pedophile!!! John McCain has no honor. Every major event in his life since 'nam indicates he lacks honor. Left his first wife for another, Keating 5, now new Rovian lows in his so-called 'honorable campaign.' JOHN MCCAIN HAS NO HONOR

    September 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Issues not Personalities

    I hope this issue is Obama's to move into; he couldn't do much worse. What does he have to do to come out on top tonight?

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

    McCain talks about his service in the military and I applaud it, heartily. However I have to question just how right he is in the head after spending so many years as a POW? I wonder how angry he may still be and how eager he may be to go to war, and not be peaceful towards certain countries. We know even today our military men and women are not receiving the type of care they require after coming back from such a shock to the body and mind as they have experienced in Iraq. Everyone who has been through this sort of thing is greatly impacted. Those of us who have loved ones who have served in the military have been impacted by this war as well. You ust have to wonder if McCain may not be impacted as well from his experience and if so, is he in the right frame of mind to lead this country??

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

    But Bill his rating has been going up?

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. SEA

    John McCain definition of "service to Country" appears only to cover military action. What service do Americans do when we are not at war; does one HOPE that community service would be applaudible?

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  10. cnnticker

    McCain looks good, sounds strong and energetic, and is on message.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Bill Schneider

    McCain is clearly running against Congress and Washington, even though he has been there for close to 30 years. Obama is running against Bush.

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

    Did McCain forget the jokes that he and his cohorts at the RNC Convention made about being a community organizer?

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Darren

    To ensure peace, (which is becoming less likely no matter who becomes the next president) is a foolish claim for any man to make. History repeats itself and war is always a part of human existence. America has had it's time at peace, and now that the world is moving much faster than anyone could have ever imagined, wars will become closer together and more constant.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. S

    McCain is so full of it. Funny how he's talking about reaching out to inner-cities when he and his goons were dissing us throughout his convention!! He makes me ill!!

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. dusty

    What everyone keeps forgetting is that Palin isn't running for President. She is running for VP. The reason all the liberals are attacking her and up in arms is because she has more experience than their presidential cadidate.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Silvia in Boca Raton FL

    It would be nice for the media to focus on the issues: their health care plans, education, ending poverty; economy; taxes; energy policy; etc. Compare both campaign issues so people would have an idea on what their views are. BY playing this GOP game you are just being pawns of their fear-mongering, smear tactics.

    Let;s get rid of the political commentators and bring experts on the issues to debate their points of view.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. ivy

    McCain mention about the low approval rate, but did not mention about the low approval rate of his republican partner Pres. G. Bush!

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. no'mccain

    We have already elected a president based on fear and lies. This election we should vote based on the policies. If not we are going to become a 3rd world country. and we will deserve it!!!

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

    Is interesting for McCain to talk about change. He had the opportunity for more than 26 years to do something about it. In my opinion he's been apart of the deadlock for more than three decades

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Red State Tex

    Does Campbell Brown know anything about NATO? Gov. Palin was talking about russia invading a NATO country?

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Latino from Sacramento

    I think that the most astonishing thing I see on these blogs today is that people are looking in a President for whomever is going to benefit them the most, give them back money (regardless of the impact on debt), sending their kids to college, in other words, people seem to be asking “how is the candidate going to benefit ME”, instead of asking who can lead this great country of ours towards a better end greater future for today and all future generation.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Christy

    The republicans are about small government but its the small government thats gotten us into this economy. We are spending billions to correct a problem that would have only cost millions to administer correctly, i.e. REGULATE, from the beginning. Republicans are backwards.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Ellen

    To me, John McCain transcends parties, he stood out to me when he first ran for President in 2000.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Matt in MS

    I have heard McCain say all of these things before though.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. CSpann

    Did McCain get the memo? It is his party in the white house. While we can not blame all the ills of America on George W. Bush....He has certainly added to the pot.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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