(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.
I agree Roland.
He didn't do badly at all.
I miss Tim Russert. Letting McCain slide on "negative" ads, while it should be pointed out that 80% of his tv ads in August alone was negative.
Is it just me or is media more worried about maintaining "good" access to politicians then calling them out on their behavior.
For John McCain to sit there and explain why America is "exceptional" based on our belief in all men are created equal shows he is in a state of denial. Has he not heard of slavery in this country for over 300 years and then 100 years of Jim Crow? Is this how a country shows that they believe all men are created equal? Absolutely not!
Please tell him to find another reason why America is "exceptional".
Dean CNN moderator, my last three comments beginning at 8:33 pm are all awaiting moderation. Did I say something wrong???
Remember how the folks at Saddleback Church greeted McCain in a hearty way? That's because the conservative congregation was his base.
Obama got a thunderous reception a few moments ago. Why? Because he graduated from Columbia. I would have been shocked if his alma mater didn't greet him that way.
Maybe the moderators didn't press him for fear he'd walk off and refuse to participate. Like he canceled his Larry King interview.
What about those people who are already doing National Service? I am currently an AmeriCorps member living on almost nothing and sitting in a huge amount of debt from college and racking up other bills.
They have been talking a lot about how to get people into service but what about those who are giving up our time already?
HOW CAN SENATOR OBAMA EXPECT ME TO PAY HIS HIGH TAX POLICY WHEN HE WOULD DENY ME A JOB THAT I NEED TO LIVE BECAUSE I AM A HIGHLY EDUCATED WHITE MALE???? SENATOR OBAMA, WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND YET SAY THAT JOHN MCCAAIN IS FOR MORE OF THE SAME???
I am sure they will miss some opportunities to press Obama on issues as well.
Obama did get a nice welcome!
I do NOT vote based on negative campaigning. I'd like to take a poll, how many of you vote based on negative campaigning?
When did this get to be my fault?
Hey, that vein in his right temple is starting to look kinda weird.
McCain just said that he thinks the election should be about the issues. How can anyone believe that? I was hoping that for once we would have a campaign about the issues, but it is apparent that he and his campaign are just doing the same old thing. It makes me very sad.
what is the point of blogging if every comment has to be approved and they dont get posted while the person is still being asked questions
this blog is not much better then the moderators tonight
My question is what make people think Mccain is doing so much better than Obama, people are flocking to palin she is not running for president, in Nov. I think people will vote for the best person for president not vice president. we are smarter than that.
How does Barack see the Housing Crisis and what will he do to help bring confidence back to credit markets?
My son's life was saved this last year by excellent doctors and a superior medical care system in Germany. He was carried in by two friends with critical case of bacterial pneumonia. The hospital received him, cared for him, and cured for him before ever asking for payment or evidence of insurance.
What can you do to help advance a deteriorating medical care system in America that is far too expensive and controlled by HMO's and other "only for profit" groups?
My guy just walked on!!!! YEA OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
McCain spoke what he thought.
Obama will play to the crowd.
WAIT AND WATCH.
I supported and liked McCain in 2000. His time has come and gone and now he is definitely no different than GWB. We can't keep building the military so we can use it all over the world....... what about US as in the USA?? Has anybody looked at our debt tally lately? The clock is clicking away on us economically. We need a leader than will take us to new heights and inspire us!! I just see John & Sarah in the office with their veto pens locked and loaded, unless of course the spending has to do with the goal of being the military industrialized nation that Eisenhower WARNED us about becoming!! We need to start right here between California and the east coast, and support programs to rebuild here!!! That is the only way to jump start this economy or its curtains folks. We will be forced to nuke somebody just because we are so broke, we have no other choices.
CNN should do a "service" to its viewers by posting the two candidate's policy papers on national service.
They are very revealing in scope, thoughtfulness and thoroughness.
Let's see, Obama's been in the Senate for less than 4 years and been running for Pres for 2 years and in the other 18 months hasn't done a thing..
And Joe Biden, got as many military deferments as Mr. Cheney...
Palin as qualified as either of them to be either Pres or V.P.
I would like your interviewers to ask McCain in what way government is impeding or preventing volunteerism.
Does he mean that government should cut back services (such as disaster relief work in New Orleans) so that volunteers will need to jump in to fill the gap/meet needs not responded to by government agencies?
He also said government should not do things the private sector can do. Does he mean that, for instance, the US Postal Service should be closed? If so, would he be willing to require private postal services to serve all addresses throughout the US? That seems like govermental intervention. But if not, would he allow private postal services to just grab the easy to serve urban accounts and leave it up to a residual US Postal Service to serve the rural areas where the opportunity for profits is less? If so, then who is doing the job effectively? The private sector or the public sector?
Roland and Obama serve the Rockefeller family. What have they promised you?
look, McCain is not so much ripping his folks for the community organizing thing. He is sticking to the GOP script, don't talk about Palin. Snails spend about a month in their cocoon before they come out. Americans are no snail watchers, a month is something we don't have to wait for Sarah Palin to come out and start talking about what we want to hear. I urge the GOP to let her out of this cocoon and start facing people that matter; every american.
Does anyone think that McCain was forced into military considering his family background? I have a few friends with extensive family military backgrounds and they have expressed regret in not being able to run with their own dreams. Its not a polite to ask but its honest to. What are your thoughts?