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. S Price

    It is clear that McCain does not understand the criteria for joining the Peace Corp. or Teach America. The college graduates who join these organizations are the very well educated, the "cream of the crop" and not kids who are looking for monetary gain. They make great sacrifices (especially in the Peace Corp) and live in conditions no better than the people they are helping. Obama is so right when he comments on McCain being out of touch. Quite obviously McCain does not want to spend a dime on service, unless of course you are in the milatary!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. FLARTIST

    He is never specific...he answers with slogans...I expect to hear "Hard Work" and "Mission Accomplished" any second now!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Christy

    wow, I didnt put the two together.... Bay and Pat siblings. No wonder....

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Lisa in Ga

    Glad he is off!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Sandra Bankhead Guinn

    I don't accept the premice McCCain said that if Sen Obama would have accepted his invitation for town hall meetings across the country there would not be negative campaigining.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Sherry, Atlanta

    NEED TO ASK. . .DID MCCAIN JUST SAY THAT "PEOPLE HAVE SERVED IN U.S. MILITARY, JUST TO BECOME A CITIZEN"?

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Megan From VA Blue 08

    I didn't like the fact my school didn't have a ROTC program, I wanted to do it.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Bill

    McCain praises military service for its ability to have people of different backgrounds mix and learn from each other.

    Unless you're gay of course.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. Onyeka

    LET'S get ready for Obama! Obama! Obama!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. kat

    Is it me or was the applause longer for Obama?

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. KofTX

    You here that America...

    WE DECIDE WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE CAMPAIGN WITH OUR VOTES!!!

    IF WE WANT BETTER OF OUR POLITICIANS WE MUST DEMAND IT...

    VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.
    VOTE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Hillary Clinton

    The Back Ground looks more like the Obama Logo thing

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. rawdogg

    Why don,t anyone call this what it is a stunt by McCain picking Palvin. Hes a bigger flip flop than bush. First it was experience now its change next it will be whos the oldest

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. count us out

    lol @ Pat steals my material!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. Penny in NC

    This is very unorganized. I heard the lady just ask "Is it Obama now?'" She needs to realize that we can hear every word.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Shannon

    Great comment, Roland. Although, we really do decide whether we want dirty campaigns by voting for Bush twice and the fact that half of AMericans may vote for McCain. We allow this kind of campaigning to take place by continuing to vote for the nastiest candidates. So politicians think dirty tactics work...because apparently they do.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Everythingisbiggerintexas

    Well, How about that Palin huh, what a godsend but who the heck is she? She is already saying war with Russia? The American Red Cross is broke and we have Hurricane Ike ready to nail Texas our fearless leaders home state. I believe the republicans prayed for the bad weather during the democrats national convention. Everything is bigger in texas even the Hurricane's. Does Sarah Palin have any experience in selling candy bars for red cross fundraising? I gotta go fill the tank before the oil wells are uprooted and prices rise due to republican's prayers.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Obama's Buddy

    Watch Bay Buchanan trash everything Obama says..... Lemme go get my popcorn.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Shannon

    I agree with you Richard.. I cant stand it..

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. James Cox

    Obama people in the house tonight

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. cherry strawberry

    WOW! dID YOU HEAR THAT RESPONSE WHEN OBAMA WAS INTRODUCED?

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Andy

    Ok now watch the master do his work! GO OBAMA!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. samantha

    Its amazing how McCain never seems to answer a question

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Independent

    We already had one "slick willie" in the white house. He brought shame to himself and the nation. Obama sounds a lot like him, only more socialistic. I saw on the news the two met today...any word on the outcome of their meeting?

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Godwin O

    Sounds like Democrats crowd!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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