September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
10 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. MD Democrat

    C- at best.... too many attempts to say everything would be great if only Obama would have done town halls

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. TIM

    If we spend more money on the military , than all other countries combinded and we are paying nearly a million dollars a minute on the interest of the debt,, why would we keep growing the military?????

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Jackie Iannarelli

    Every election we hear politations talk about the same things,tax reform, security, health care, etc. If all the politations want this, why can't they get to tegether and achieve, tax reform, improved security, better health care, etc.?

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. D

    John McCain has a way or turning the conversation around – to suggest that if Sen Obama heeded HIS request to have small townhall meetings across the US – campaigning wouldn't be so negative? Whose the one running the outrageously negative ads?

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Madeline

    So, Obama heard the questions and had time to prepare for them? Was McCain given the questions beforehand?

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Christoffel van Vuuren - Montreal - Canada

    McCain got no Boos.
    Obama got a few.

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. yeah right

    I give Mccain 4/10 and 2 points where given just for staying awake

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. tannis nielsen

    As a Native American Woman

    I am concerned about Senator McCains choice to reference Theodore Roosevelt on the equality of Americans.When it was Roosevelt who once stated in a speech, January 1886
    "I suppose I should be ashamed to say that I take the Western view of the Indian. I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth."

    I would like question Barack Obama to reply to my concern in regards to the equality of Native Americans

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Denise Black

    Is is me or did Sen McCain NOT answer the quesion about negative campaigning, advising his crew (after Gov Palin speech) that he did not support such rhetoric and will not allow such in his campaign?
    I don't think he did.

    BTW – A 19 yr old young man/lady would look around at how poorly our veterans are treated, service men/women and their families are stretched with 3 & 4 tours in an unnecessary war – why would anybody want to serve a country that does not honor them (not just with words, but deeds?)

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. JayInNewHampshire

    I actually think she did ok, and I am ana Obama supporter. For me it's not how she said it but instead it's what she said. Very scary.

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Vicki Stein, MI

    It's not about the drilling, though. It's about the future of civilization. I struggle with the fact that many Americans lack the foresight to understand that.

    "Drill baby Drill "doesn't resolve the long term problems we're facing.

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Clarissa

    I think this presidential forum on national service is a huge waste of time. I am addicted to CNN and very interested in politics, but this forum is even putting me to sleep. I realize it's September 11th and a time for solidarity, but there are so many important issues to discuss–people need to hear what the presidential candidates plan to do to improve the state of this country if they are elected. Obviously the candidates are in support of serving the country– I don't need to hear an entire forum on this topic. And who picked the most boring interviewers just to make it even worse? The voters want to hear the candidates answer difficult questions– we need to know who is lying about their record, who has real plans to improve this economy, and I want to hear McCain defend his ridiculous advertisement that completely misrepresents the legislation Obama backed to help children protect themselves from sexual predators.

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Michael Burgess

    The great dialogue in the Service Nation forum elevates the political dialogue and shows how demeaning and silly the debate over lipstick has been this week. I think it is important for the media to devote time on every broadcast to show the serious debate on issues and not fall into the trap of the trivial politics

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |

    Jack if you are apart of the tax bracket that is going to have their taxes risen with Obama. Oh well! I want to keep some of my money in my pocket. if you have that kind of money and a few thousand is all you are gripping about you really need to get over yourself.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Kathleen

    Interesting that they have called a truce today, but the media is still airing the wolf commercial about Obama sending people to investigate Palin. Comparing Obama to a wolf? Where is the lipstick rage on that one?

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Char

    Perhaps this day will allow us to re-boot and focus our attention to the top of the ticket where it belongs.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. Adele

    I will so much appreciate it, if from next week we start hearing discussions about issues and not lipstick or distractions from the media on unnecessary coverage. We have so much at stake in this election, and distractions will definetely lead us to the wrong direction. I will implore CNN to be champion of comparing each candidates issues and educate the populace. Thanks

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. WakeUp

    Just seems like a convention speech when they dont press harder!!

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Lew

    The comments I am reading posted by Bay Buchanan and Bill Schneider is very disturbing to me as Senator McCain is clearly saying build up the military and run up the national debt, he is saying service is the key but will not encourage companies to provide employer paid leave, he says we should focus on issues and has not identified many of the issues except energy and a broken congress which he has been serving as part of for over 25 years. Sarah Palin and John McCain is prepare to take us back into a nother cold war event and I do not agree. Public service and community service was started with community organizers. I am concerned that thr country is heading into bankruptcy and we are talking about country lipstick. Sarah Palin did not put country first but family first during this historic day. She should have been at ground zero and then flew to Alaska to prepare to see her son deployed. As the governor of the state she could have postponed the political speech and interview for one additional day. Alaskan state, "Alaska First."

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Cam

    Good point Bill.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. BK

    Because he stood up aganist his party. Anyone else you know that has done that?

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. MM

    No one seems to really press McCain on his message against the status-quo to tell him he is the status-quo.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Charles Xavier

    Bill is an Illuminati!

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Beverly Combs

    When is the media going to address that Sarah Palin refers to Barack Obama as "Sambo"?

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Juan G.


    I agree with you. They also missed on pressing him on the service of the military with the UN as peace keepers around the world. To many softballs for McCain in this forum. Boredum.....

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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