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. vik

    I started late. camera never focused that far...

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Dan in Michigan

    Sarah Palin was asked how she would handle Russian aggression in her interview. Her answer included diplomacy, sanctions and ally involvement. On the record.

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

    I am still trying to figure out how lying about and keeping Govt Funds along with Barracuda politics and War and aggression with Russia as a real possibility have to do with being "God inspired".

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Matt in MS

    Yeah McCain blew that pop stand when Obama showed up.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Did you hear Obama's loud reception?

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. easy rider - gun toting in Tennessee - OBAMA

    National service, huh. Okay, I am unemployed for almost a year, am looking for a JOB to feed my family and keep my house. When on earth would I have time to serve in National Service? For crying out loud, the state of TN is cutting out jobs, and there are no federal jobs available, no "new" jobs created by the guy owning 7+ houses, and I should give up my job search when unemployment is 6+ percent (doesn't count people that have rolled off the unemployment rolls, now, so that figure is most likely very much higher).

    So tell me,John, should I go into foreclosure so I can serve my country? I am TOO OLD for the military by 1 year which is AGE discrimination! Bunch of hypocrites!

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Barbara

    He did alright, now I want to hear Obama.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. sue

    So basicly what he is saying, is that he is getting even with obama for not giving mccain free publicity by doing his townhalls-so he had no choice but to lie & get down in the mud like a pig?
    Oh I see how he negotiates–its his way or the highway!

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Nataha

    True love, is having in your heart the need for volenteering. It does not matter if you are helping your country, state, community, friend, or stranger. If your only motive for volenteering is for the pure stasifaction a person gets by helping there fellow man or woman. Then in my opinion you have done the human race a great service.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. kanekaialii

    Candidate McCain can really be confusing in the various comments and statements he made. For example, on non-US citizen students coming and getting educated, obtaining PHds, etc.. He says that he welcomes that so as they can return to their country of origin to share and apply the education, etc., obtained through the US. In the next breath, he says that he would support obtaining citizen ship for them and retaining them here to occupy special positions, etc.. How does he expect to improve our economic employment deficiencies, by giving away positions to foreigners. He constantly says one thing on the right side of his mouth, and then contradicts it on the other side of his mouth. Really difficult to understand and evaluate his many economic views, etc., when he keeps "flip-flopping".

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. quit56

    Enter the next president of the U.S.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. regina

    This whole presidential campaign is leaving a sour taste in alot of american mouthes. We want facts straight talk and answers to who is going to fix the problems created in Americaover the last 8 years . We could care less who put lipstick on a pig, who's kid is knocked up, and who's a prisoner of war not that we don't all acknowledge the fact the Sen. McCain was but come on stop running it in the whole there are more important things to talk about besides smear campaigns....GEEZ!!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Robert Bier

    AARP, has asked John McCain and Barack Obama four questions about the future of people like me, 70-years -old. Barack Obama gave an answer to eash question, John McCain would not answer one. The questions are simple and in the AARP, September Magazine. One question " A balanced Social Security plan to ensure huaranyeeing benefits. That question is about my and your Children. Wht did John McCain refuse to answer? Mr. Obama, answered very well

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Jamie Ellis

    1st off i want to ask how do you all expect people with felonies to get out of prison or jail to do better in life but when they get out don't no one want to give they a job to start out on the right track? Then why when a soldier have been over seas and served the country and come back home with all these problems and can't get not help, and that might do something to get kicked out and instead of giving them the benifit of doubt you all give them discharges that ruins there life and you all suppose to care about the people?

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Abby

    The U.S. 'esteem' has not suffered since 9/11....it swelled after 9/11. Our esteem has suffered because the U.S. illegally invaded Iraq, duped our allies into joining us, and then covered the mistake up.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Eric

    Whomever is electec President – will have to take the challenge our our times. Democrat / Republican / Independent – they will have the same chance to do what is best for our country. As a prior US Army soldier and proud citizen of this great country – I think Mr. McCain has what is takes to handle our current political situation. Obama talks preaty...has many supporters..but in a way – has no proff that what he is promising to the people – can actually be done. Just remember that this is not a game of chossing – this is a very important phase of our present and future as a nation and we will have to come toguether at the end...to solve our issues. There is no reason to insult the candidates – as they are as guilty as we are for what we are facing each day. Don'r be fooled by appearances – know that this is our moment to face reality – and do the right hing by electing a strong, dedicated individual as our President.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Cam

    He did well, but his graciousness belies his entire campaign so far. He does know how to play good cop bad cop though, I'll give him that!

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. voter

    McCain blaming Obama for the negative tone of the campaign. It is McCain's responsibility to not have filthy, negative and lying ads like the sex education to smear an opponent. In other words, McCain wants everything to be his way. sounds like Bush.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Terreece

    Okay McCain is killing me with the push for town halls. A format he is clearly more comfortable with and the fact that he pushed for 10 immediately following the end of the Democratic push was selfish. He had months to chill and then wants to force or coerce Obama into run his campaign on Mccain's terms.

    Who'd agree to that? He goaded Obama to do an overseas tour and then chastised him for going. This double talk is not the straight talk McCain promised. It's not the McCain I remember.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Tim

    Judy from PBS looks a little like SNL's attempt of Martha Stewart back in the day in my opinion, I'm waiting for her to say "This Forum is a Good Thing."

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. BK

    Candy,
    At least he is honest. I noticed no one said anything on this blog about Obama turning down all the town hall meetings. I think it would have made the american people see the real candidates and their views, instead of the media trying to sway the voters with their sound bites.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Rick in Minnesota

    I wish the "debate" could have had a broader scope...

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Gerami

    Finally the man of the hour and next President Of the United States!!!! I still remember the rally here in Houston....SO uplifting and full of, you guessed it..HOPE!!! lol

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Angie-Savannah

    He did seem to get a little testy at times.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Megan From VA Blue 08

    i AGREE ROLAND, THESE MODERTATORS NEED TO STEP UP

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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